The General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has called for an end to the killing in Benue State and other parts of the country by suspected herdsmen. Adeboye spoke yesterday when he alongside his wife, Folu, paid a visit to the Benue State. The cleric said it was only God that could stop the killings and give the people victory over the ‘battle’. Adeboye said: “We want these killings to stop. Happily, we know someone who can stop it, He is the Almighty God, He does not fail nor compromise, He is the God of all. We will continue to call on Him to fight this battle and you can be assured that victory will be certain.
“Benue State is very, very close to my heart, I had felt every pain you people felt and I wept when I saw you weeping. No man of God will see a mass burial anywhere and not feel the pains of the people affected.” The Police in Borno State on Thursday said they had uncovered plans by Boko Haram insurgents to carry out bomb attacks in Maiduguri metropolis.
This emerged as the President and Founder, Living Faith Church Worldwide (aka Winners’ Chapel), Dr. David Oyedepo, on Thursday night, prayed for the restoration of peace in Plateau State. Similarly, the Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy more security personnel and fighting equipment to end killings and destruction of property in state that is known for ‘peace and tourism’ but has recently been turned to a troubled state following the series of killings by herders. Commenting on the plans to bomb Maiduguri, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration, Mr. Ahmed Bello, said in a statement that the insurgents’ planned to attack soft targets and crowded areas.
“The Borno State Police Command in collaboration with Operation Lafiya Dole’s high command wish to draw the attention of members of the public that information at the disposal of the theater command reveals that dislodged and the rampaging Boko Haram terrorists have concluded arrangements to attack parts of Maiduguri metropolis notably, populated and crowded areas to maximise casualty through the use of vehicles fully primed with IEDs.” Speaking during a oneday apostolic visit to Jos, which attracted over 6,000 worshipers, Oyedepo said the state would hence forth enjoy peace throughout its borders.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oyedepo said Christians must align with the word of God, adding that it had the power to command peace in all facets of life. Making reference to the Bible, the cleric said, “light is the only authority darkness understands and at the appearance of light darkness must give way without any form of discussion.’’ Oyedepo told the church that instructions and obedience to the word of God were the necessary requirements for lasting peace as contained in 2 Timothy, chapter 3 verse 16. The chapter says ‘’All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.’’
“No word of God of any private interpretation, what he tells you to do, do it and you will be on your way to enjoying peace and greatness,” he said. In the same vein, Governor Simon Lalong has said the state government will review its security architecture to address the current wave of attacks in some parts of the state.
Lalong, who stated this in a radio and television broadcast in Jos, assured residents that beyond the interim measures, government had developed a sustainable policy in response to the protracted conflict in the state, as contained in the Road Map to Peace document. Meanwhile, Kaigama, in a statement issued in Jos, said: “Shedding of blood seems to have become a culture and the preferred language among some farmers and herders. “Attacks over farmlands and cattle seem to have become a normal thing and shouldn’t be treated with levity.”