By EDIRI EJOH & LIGALI ABDUL-LATEEF
Following growing security concerns across the globe, presiding bishop of Rhema Christian Church and Towers, Dr. Taiwo Akinola, Thursday urged Nigerian political leaders to be more proactive and step up surveillance, arguing that Boko Haram and similar terrorist groups in the other parts of the world have expansionist motives.
Addressing newsmen in his office to announce plans to host this year’s annual convention of the church scheduled for November 2, with a theme; “Supernatural visitation”, at Champions Peace Cathedral in Sango Otta, the bishop maintained that whether “we believe it or not many of these groups have expansionist religious motiv-es.”
Continuing, he said the terrorists are under the control of malevolent spirit of evil that parades itself with the utmost aim to destroy the beautiful world of peace and harmony created by God.
He noted that few days after the government announced a truce with the Islamic insurg-ent group, Boko Haram, the group continued its campaign of terror on communities in Borno and Adamawa states killing several persons and injuring hundreds of others.
Bishop Akinola said: “Terror-ism in any form is criminal and not justifiable. It is a major threat to national peace and security. It is obvious that many people have lent their support for these evil forces unknowingly or ignorantly”.
He therefore appealed to the Federal Government to sit back and deliberate on new approaches of tackling the menace once and for all.
The convention according to him will be another opportuni-ty for people to obtain divine solution and intervention for their problems.
It was also provide an opportunity for the formal inauguration of the College of Bishops and Apostles.