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Nigeria Reverend Warns of Impending Jihad

Boko Haram may consume Nigerian leaders -COCIN president •Sect killed 308 in 118 attacks -FG

ICC Note:

President of the Church of Christ in Nigeria warns that Nigeria is "facing a Jihad, targeted at eliminating Christians and Christianity."

by Isaac Shobayo, Chris Agbambu, Clement Idoko and Christian Okeke

05/16/2012 Nigeria (NigerianTribune)-PRESIDENT of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN), Reverend (Dr) Soja Joseph Bewarang, has accused those in leadership positions of treating the Boko Haram insugence with kid gloves, warning that if the leaders fail to curtail the terrorists, they may end up being consumed by them.

Reverend Bewarang gave the warning while delivering his address at the opening of the General Church Council meeting of the church held at the COCIN headquarters in Jos, Plateau State.

According to him, the country’s leaders were more interested in using their privileged positions to better their lot and in the process neglected the common man and the need to tackle once and for all the act of terrorism that has bedevilled the society, particularly Christian communities in the northern part of the country.

He said if those in leadership position allowed the trend of insecurity to continue, the rampaging terrorists would not spare them and allow them to enjoy their accumulated wealth.

The COCIN president said the country was facing a Jihad, targeted at eliminating Christians and Christianity, adding that the act was becoming bolder by the day because of the well-planned denial and excuses of those who should curb the terrorists’ activities.

He, however, said despite the insecurity and frequent attacks, the church would march on because Jesus Christ is building His church and all gates of hell in any disguise will not prevail against it.

He said the church was equally concerned about the role of military personnel in handling security situations in Plateau State, adding that the situation had become so unpredictable that everybody lived in fear.

He said until those in leadership positions put their heads together, the leaders would soon be leaders of no people, adding that the church was more concerned that the attacks were coming at a time when people were expected to be cultivating and planting.

The highlight of the programme was the inauguration of eight committees for the smooth running of the church and the Karl Kun University. The 82 members of the committees who were drawn from all walks of life, included the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs Serah Ochekpe; Senator Joshua Dariye and former secretary to the Plateau State government and Managing Director of Jos Business School, Nde Ezekiel Gomos. One-time COCIN president, Dr (Rev) Musa Gotom, who responded on behalf of others, promised to serve the church diligently.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government, on Tuesday, disclosed that no fewer than 308 persons have been killed predominantly in the northern states of the country since the Boko Haram insurgency began, even as the impact of insecurity bites harder.

Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (retd), made this known in Abuja at the ongoing ministerial platform to mark the 2012 National Democracy Day and first anniversary of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

He said the victims lost their lives in about 118 attacks carried out by the sect in Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Niger, Yobe, Plateau states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, while about 33 suspects were arrested. The latest in Abuja was the suicide attack on the Abuja headquarters of ThisDay newspaper.

Expressing concern about the growing insecurity in the country, Olubolade, however, assured that the Nigeria police had the capacity to sustain the nation’s nascent democracy.

According him, in 2011 alone, the police recorded 879 robbery cases and 366 cases of kidnapping respectively, while a total of 1,609 suspects were arrested across the country.

He revealed that 766 firearms and 31,175 ammunition were recovered from suspects during the period under review, adding that 140 kidnapped victims were rescued with 208 kidnappers arrested and are currently facing prosecution.

The minister, however, lamented that the Federal Government did not have the financial muscle to buy everything for the police, and not even for the security agencies in the country.

He said: “I'm not an advocate of ‘give us more money’. No. Whatever money is given to us, we must use it well.”

Despite some operational challenges, Olubolade said police were making useful progress, stressing that achievements of the police in stemming crimes and terrorism were not publicised.


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  • Helen Bako

    Dear Pastor/Organization Leader,
    Nigerian Women Against Violence is requesting you to support it’s effort in calling on Nigerian women around the world to declare June 30th as “Black Saturday” We ask that on that day all the women unite in prayer on behalf of our country Nigeria. Our country seems to be spinning out of control we need God’s intervention. We know many have continued to pray that is why the country is still standing and we want to continue in this effort.
    We are asking that on that day, June 30th  the women pray the prayer of Daniel which we adapted and included below. Let us mourn, confess and repent of our sin and call on God to have mercy on us. The idea is to have hundreds if not millions of women crying out to The Lord God Almighty at the same time asking Him to have mercy on us and our nation.  We request for all the women to fast and pray for the country starting June 28th through 30th 2012.  But on June 30th we call on all the women where ever they are, to wear black clothes, or scarf or whatever they are able to wear.  Black signifying our sadness and symbol of repentance.  At exactly 12 noon Nigerian time we are to kneel for those that are  able to kneel , if you can’t, just bow before The Lord God and pray a final time. 
    Sir/Ma can you help us encourage the women of your church or organization to please join us on this day. If you would like to join us please let me know.
     “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from Your commands and laws.  We have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our leaders and our ancestors, and to all the people of our land.
     Lord, You are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame —the people and the inhabitants of Nigeria both near and far, in all the countries where we are scattered. We and our kings, our princes, our leaders and our ancestors are covered with shame, LORD, because we have sinned against You. The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him; we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws He gave us through his servants the prophets.  We Nigerians have transgressed Your law and turned away, refusing to obey You.
    Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against You.  You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our leaders by permitting on us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has being done to Nigeria.  Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to Your truth. 14 The LORD did not hesitate to permit the disaster on us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything He does; yet we have not obeyed Him.
     Now, Lord our God, who has given this country to Your People  with a mighty hand and who made for Yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong.  Lord, in keeping with all Your righteous acts, turn away Your anger and Your wrath from Nigeria, Your cities. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Nigeria and Your people an object of scorn to all over the world.  Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servants. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on Your desolate country.  Give ear, our God, and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolation of the cities. We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.  Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, our God, do not delay, because of our country and Your people who bear your Name.”
    If you have any questions I can be reached by e-mail or phone provided below. Thank you and God bless.
    Helen Bako
    17621 E 17th  St  18B Tustin Ca 92780
    +714-883-7573, Bakohe@aol.com 

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