FOLLOWING the latest attack on Southerners and worshippers at the Deeper Life Church in Gombe State where seven persons were killed as well as the Mubi killing of about 20 others, the National President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, have renewed their call on Christians to defend themselves in any part of the country whenever they were attacked.
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enock Adeboye, also expressed outrage, saying however that, “Nigeria’s future is very bright but the devil is only trying to hinder and prevent our progress.”
Wife of Pastor Johnson Jauro,of the Deeper Life Christian Church in the Nasarawa area of Gombe was among the six persons killed by gunmen who stormed the church at about 7pm during the church’s weekly revival service Thursday.
In his reaction, the CAN president, who was visibly angry, urged Christians to remain steadfast in faith, adding that the latest murderous attacks should strengthen their resolve to be vigilant and defend themselves whenever and wherever they were attacked.
According to him, the latest killing, “Has aptly confirmed what we have been saying that Christians should defend themselves since it has become obvious that the nation’s security agencies are either overwhelmed by the terrorists or the hoodlums have infiltrated their ranks and therefore lack the capacity to do their duty of protecting lives and property of innocent Nigerians.
“I will not subscribe to the notion that Christians should quit the North because of the ceaseless attacks; rather I will urge them to be vigilant and be prepared at all times to defend themselves, their family members and their churches, including their businesses with whatever is available to them.”
In a similar reaction signed by the Director, Social Communications, Very Rev. Monsignor Gabriel Osu, Okogie described recent ultimatum given by Boko Haram for Christians to quit the North as not only callous but provocative and capable of plunging the entire nation into another round of civil war.