By Sam Eyoboka
WARRI â€” MINISTERS of the Godâ€™s Kingdom Society (GKS), have ended their two-day annual conference with an appeal to militants in the Niger Delta to embrace the Federal Governmentâ€™s amnesty so as to end the current quagmire in the region and prevent further loss of lives and property.
A release issued at the church headquarters in Salem City, Warri, described the amnesty as a â€œgreat reliefâ€ and enjoined the militants to renounce violence, while urging the government to show good faith by living up to her promises in the fear of GodÂ to win the confidence of the militants and encourage them to accept the amnesty proposals.
Asserting that dialogue, rather than force of arms and vengefulness, should be the preferred option in the resolution of the Niger Delta imbroglio, the ministers quoted the words of Jesus Christ who stated: â€œBlessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of Godâ€ and David the prophet who declared, â€œHe that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of Godâ€.
Speaking on the moves by the Rivers and Lagos states’ governments to ban all forms of noisy religious worship within their states, the ministers noted the abuse of the freedom of worship by some religious groups, stating that the worship of God should not be characterised by noise and long prayers as it ought to be a quiet, sober and solemn affair.
They, however, appealed â€œthat instead of a blanket ban on the use of speakers outside the hall during worship, the governments could restrict their use to few hours during services on Sundays, during the day, so that church members who sometimes sit outside due to lack of space inside the service hall and interested members of the public could also hear what is going on.
â€œEven in the African setting, town criers do go out to announce important information to the public. That cannot, by any measure, be seen as disturbance,â€ the ministers added.
Stating that efforts by the Federal Government to rebrand the country could only be effective when the leaders lead by example, they took up the issue of electoral reform, stating â€œwhat is more important is not the rhetoric and paper work but how well such are translated into concrete actions for the good of the countryâ€ quoting a Bible passage that says â€œrighteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.â€
The president of the GKS, Brother Oseghale Emmanuel Aighalua presided over all the sessions of the conference which was rounded off with a special thanksgiving service at the GKS Service Hall, Salem City, Warri on Sunday.
The annual GKS Ministers Conference is the highest decision-making organ of the church.