*holds special prayer session
By ACHADU GABRIEL, Kaduna
The Secretary, Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Kaduna South District Church Council, Reverend Enock Joshua Bitiyong has said that Christians would continue to pray that leaders behind the killings in the country are exposed and unseated.
He expressed this on Sunday at a special prayer session for the peace, unity, love and progress of Nigeria in the Year 2018 and beyond.
“As Christians and as a church, we will continue to pray. I call on all Christians to intensify prayers and I tell you we will continue to pray for God to unseat and reveal any leader who is behind these killings, we will ask God to judge between us and our Leaders over what is happening
“It is the responsibility of government according to Nigeria’s constitution to provide security of lives and property of its citizens, but what we see in Nigeria is only when people are being killed before security is provided. I think something is wrong somewhere.
“This was not what we know Nigeria to be in the past. Our Leaders must do something to restore the lost glory of this nation,” he said.
Bitiyong condemned in strong terms the herdsmen attack in some parts of the country, describing it as barbaric and inhuman, while calling on the Federal Government, securities agencies and all relevant authorities to intensify security in the affected states and also do more in tackling the menace which according to him has become common in the country.
“If all is not well with Nigeria and Nigerians, then nobody is safe and we all know the evil that is happening in this country, nobody is happy, it takes only a crazy person to be happy with the present state of our country Nigeria.
“I wonder if our leaders, President Muhammadu and all governors go to bed and sleep while innocent people are being killed every day.
“Look at what is happening in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Adamawa and other states of the country and yet no serious action is being taking to end the killings. As a Nigerian and a Pastor, I am not happy when I see people crying, when I see children being massacred, I am not happy when I see parents being killed, when I see caskets and mass burials taking place all over. Yet we have a President, we have governors, Senators and other lawmakers. Nigeria Must Change!” He added.
In a sermon, Chairman of the District Church Council, Reverend Iliya Yunana said the present economic and Security challenges facing the nation call for prayers.
According to him, religious, traditional and political leaders must rise up to their responsibility of educating the citizens on the need to live in peace with everyone irrespective of ethnic, political or social differences.
“Government should do all within its power to fish out those involved or sponsoring kidnappings, armed robbery and the frequent attacks in communities across the country.”
The prayers which is part of the church’s Annual Consecration Week, is aimed at bringing clergy and members of the Church together to seek God’s face in the year.