By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona
THE second African Zonal Leadership Conference of The Apostolic Church kicked-off in Lagos, Tuesday, with a charge to African leaders to fashion a way out of the growing terrorist threats in the continent.
The programme with the theme, Contending for the Christian faith once delivered unto the saints, aimed at empowering Christian leaders for the challenges facing the Church in different countries of the continent also provided a platform for the delegates from 21 countries to pray for peace in Africa.
Chief host and Nigerian TAC President, Pastor Gabriel Olutola, urged Nigerians to come back to God, saying that anyone who believed that by killing a fellow human being, he is serving God needed his head examined.
Olutola said: “Let us come back to God. If we come back to God, things will be better for the nation and indeed the continent of Africa. I can loudly say that Nigerian leaders, unable to solve the problem of terrorism in the country thus far, are performing below average and unless we return to God, things might get worse.”
Pastor Olutola said that the Christian contention was not a war of guns, bombs and ammunition used for worldly military operations, “rather it is a spiritual warfare that should engage believers’ focus and active participation.”
Olutola was of the opinion that African leaders have not done enough to check the menace of terrorism in the continent. He urged Christians to use the only weapon available to them by continually offering prayers to God to usher in His peace in every part of Africa.
He said: “It is mandatory for every Christian to know why he or she was saved and be ready at any point in time to defend his Christian faith whenever he or she is called upon to do so. The devil and his cohorts have to be dealt with without mercy since they have been mercilessly attacking the Church.”