BOKO HARAM: COCIN PRESIDENT WARNS NIGERIAN LEADERS
President of the Church of Christ in Nigeria, (COCIN), Reverend Dr. Soja Joseph Bewarang has warned Nigerian leaders that if they failed to curtail the terrorist acts being perpetrated by Boko Haram group, they too might be consumed by it.
Delivering a speech at the opening of the General Church Council meeting at the COCIN headquarters, yesterday, he said because the leaders were using their privileged positions into create wealth for themselves, they have become incapable of tackling the acts of terrorism that has bedeviled the society; particularly Christian communities in northern parts of the country.
He warned the leaders that if the trend was allowed to continue, they too would not be safe, for those terrorists would not leave them to enjoy what they had accumulated; adding that worst of all God would visit them with His wrath on behalf of the masses that were always victims of such uprising.
The COCIN president who recalled the attack on the church on February 26, 2012 during service, reiterated that the country was facing a Jihad, targeted at eliminating Christians and Christianity which was becoming bolder by the day because of the well-planned denial and excuses by those who should curb the increase and spead of the menace.
Bewarang, who was addressing the GCC for the first time as the President, reiterated: 'Be it known that the Church will match 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 particularly saddened that nobody seemed to be speaking among the national representatives either in the senate or in the House of Representatives, except one, on the killings going on in Ropp, Vwang and Riyom areas.; saying the church was equally concerned about the role of military personnel in handling security situations in the state.
'The situation has become so unpredictable that everybody is living in fear and until we put our heads together we will soon be leaders of no people' adding that the church was more concerned that the attacks were coming at a time when people are expected to be cultivating and planting their farms.
He said it was more worrisome that houses are burnt down when it was difficult if not impossible to get grass to that the houses.
The COCIN president who noted that last year alone the church lost 12 reverends to motor accident and Boko Haram attack, commended President Jonathan, President of the senate and members of the National Assembly and friends from United Kingdom, USA and Australia who stood by the church members during their grief.