By Sam Eyoboka and Olayinka Latona

Last Friday’s bombing of the United Nation’s House in Abuja which has killed 23 persons with several others receiving treatment in hospitals, adv-ersely affected church servic-es across the country on Sunday as several Christians stayed indoors in despair.

Those who braved it, believ-ing that God is the ultimate security, were subjected to extra security measures employed by the church leaderships to forestall any unwarranted attack on inno-cent worshippers. They were frisked before being allowed to enter the auditoriums.

The low turnout of worshipp-ers at the Dominion Chapel Ministries in Area I, Abuja may not be unconnected to the fear that has been created in the minds of every resident of the Federal Capital Territory, most of whom reason that if the Boko Haram operatives could penetrate the UN House then is no one safe in the country.

General Overseer of the church and national vice president of PFN in charge of northern zone, Bishop John Praise Daniels told newsmen that the church resorted to frisking worshippers, just to be on the safe side, adding that every Christian knows that ultimate security belongs to the Almighty God.

According to him, “Except the LORD builds the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keeps the city, the watchman waketh but in vain,” he said, quoting from Psalm 127.

Reports from different parts of the North indicate that there was low turnout of worshippers as most Christ-ians who had been living with palpable fear resorted to pray in their individual homes.

North East chairman of PFN, Rev. Steve Agbana who was shot by unknown assailants about a month ago is still receiving treatment at the National Hospital, Abuja and could not speak on the exact situation in that part of the country.

When we got through to the Borno State chairman of PFN, Rev. Haruna Maidoki, he was only able to volunteer a very few words because he was on his way to commisera-te with the family of a collea-gue who was shot dead at the weekend by yet to be identi-fied assailants.

According to him, there have not been regular church services in Maiduguri long before the recent bombing of the UN House in Abuja, be-cause of the state of inse-curity in the state.

“We are traumatised here. The situation is such that many pastors and other Christians are daily leaving the town,” he told our reporter on phone, stressing that a pastor with Rock of Christ Church in Maiduguri was shot dead this weekend just when many of us thought the orgy of sectarian killing was over.”

The situation in Jos, the Plat-eau State capital was even more frightening as reports showed that there were spora-dic gun battles in parts of the Tin City on Monday as hundreds of houses, business premises and vehicles were said to have been torched in the Rukuba Road area of the town.

And in Lagos which is reg-arded as peaceful, at least for now, pastors have already started calling on the Niger-ian citizens to pour into the streets to protest the growing trend of insecurity in the country. Addressing his con-gregation on Sunday, Pastor Chima Emenuga, general overseer of Destiny Revival Church urged activists in the country to protest the contin-uous bombings that have left several hundreds dead in different parts of the country.

Describing the recent bomb-ing of the UN House a few weeks after that of the Police Headquarters, Abuja as well as various attacks on church-es in various parts of the country as worrisome, Emen-uga stated the development is worth protesting to avoid recurrence.

“This is the time for activist to carry placards to Abuja and across the country to protest against those behind the constant bombing of houses and killing of innocent peo-ple,” he said “this is the time to cry out against the violence in the nation, rather than carrying placards to protest activities in the judiciary or issues in politics.”

The cleric described the bombing of the UN house as the handiwork of those who hate democracy, good gover-nance and development of the nation, adding “it is only hypocrites and selfish people that will not protest the current situation in Nigeria. People are being killed and properties worth billions of naira destroyed yet we protest for the removal of a person from office. This is sad.”

Senior pastor of House on the Rock, Pastor Paul Adefa-rasin at a combine service of his church at the Expo Centre of the Eko Hotel in Victoria Island, also alluded to the fact that the state of insecurity in the country has the capacity to worsen the health conditions of Nigerians.

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