- Pastor Adeboye has stressed that Nigeria may cease to exist if the murderous attacks across the country continue
- He said if the killings continue, there may be no election 2019
- The cleric called on the federal government to take action immediately
The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye has expressed dismay over the continuous killings in various parts Nigeria. He said the country may cease to exist if nothing is urgently done to end it.
Speaking at the May 2018 Holy Ghost service, the cleric warned that “unless the killings stopped there may not be elections in 2019 in Nigeria,” noting that no nation can survive a religious war and remain the same, Vanguard reports.
The man of God said he was unusually quiet when he heard of the attack by suspected herdsmen on St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Ukpor-Mbalom Parish, Gwer East local government area of Benue state which left two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners dead.
He said when his wife inquired why he was unusually quiet, he replied that: “There is no father who would lose 19 children in a day that will not be quiet. She said what do you mean, because she hadn’t heard the news that in a church, somebody went in and shot 19 people.
“It doesn’t matter the denomination…by the special grace of God, all Christians in Nigeria call me daddy. So when any of them dies, it’s my son or daughter that is dead.”
It will be recalled that on April 24, 19 persons, including Reverend Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha, who were conducting the morning Mass were gunned down in cold blood, while many sustained injuries, including bullet wounds.
Adeboye called on the Buhari led government to urgently end the killings before it dovetails into a religious war, adding that there may be no elections in 2019 if urgent action is not taken.
He said: “I am going to ask you to join me in prayer, because unless these killings stop, and stop immediately, even Nigeria may not live. I am not talking about individuals now, I am talking about Nigeria itself…a bishop asked me not too long ago, ‘Daddy, has God told you who win the next election?’
“I said, Sir, I am not even sure yet there will be an election. Because unless these killings stop, there may be no elections next year. ‘Are you prophesying Daddy?’ No, no! I am not prophesying. I am just reasoning. Because nobody will want to go out to vote if they are not sure they will be able to return home safely.”
According to him, he has seen war at close quarters and he knows that there is nothing good about war which he described as a terrible thing.
“A nation may survive a civil war, but no nation can survive a religious war a remain the same. That Nigeria may live these killings must stop. So all of you who love Nigeria, I want to rise on your feet, and cry to God with all your heart, and say: Father, let the killings stop that Nigeria may live, please God let the killings stop.”
NAIJ.com reported earlier that the National body of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Sunday, April 29, protested against the spars of killings in the country, particularly, Benue state where two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners were gruesomely killed by herdsmen militia on Tuesday, April 24.
Amid the tight security, most churches in Makurdi observed the protest within their church premises on Sunday as well as putting on black attire as directed by the state CAN chairman, Rev. Akpen Leva. There was an air surveillance by police chopper between 9am and 11.30am, all signals of security against any break down of law and order in the state capital.
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