By SAM EYOBOKA
THE Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, yesterday, convoked an emergency prayer summit to pray for the safe release of the more than 275 schoolgirls adopted by the Islamic militant group, Boko Haram from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, April 14, 2014.
The intensive prayer summit which lasted for two hours took place in all the zonal headquarters of the church across the country, essentially for youths of the church as well as the safe release of the adopted schoolgirls and other social interruptions across the world.
A letter convoking the prayer summit was written by the Special Assistant to the General Overseer of the church on Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola, and addressed to all provincial pastors in the church who were in turn advised to inform zonal pastors under them for implementation.
The letter dated May 23, 2014 directed the emergency prayer summit should hold on Sunday from 12 noon to 2.00 p.m. in all zonal headquarters of the church, with prayers focused on the Chibok girls kidnapped over five weeks ago.
Other areas which the letter directed attention to, was the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared en route Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014 with 239 passengers and crew aboard and other salient national and international issues e.g. bombings, storms, civil unrests etc.
The letter made clear that the summit which targeted at the youth must hold on zonal basis with heavy youth participation but where any of the churches had a youth church, such youths should be encouraged to hold their own prayer summits.
It stressed the need for all pastors-in-charge of provinces to encourage massive attendance of the youth and make sure they pass the information to their area and parish pastors, hoping that God would show mercy on the nation and intervene speedily as “we cry unto Him.”
At the Testimony zonal headquarters of Lagos Province 9, near Oja Oba in Abule Egba, Lagos where our correspondent visited, the coordinators expressed holy anger as they led the large congregation to pray against the activities of the sect that calls itself Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, or “people committed to the propagation of the prophet’s teachings and jihad.”
It’s widely known as Boko Haram, which colloquially translates into “Western education is sin” for its rejection of Western concepts such as evolution and the big bang theories.
In unison, they prayed: “Every power Boko Haram is relying upon; let God dismantle them…Confuse the language of Boko Haram that they may not understand themselves that they may release the adopted girls…Lord send ambushment to the camp of Boko Haram and free our girls from captivity unhurt…Let there be no peace for the wicked.”