It came to my
notice that the President of the Christian Association of
Nigeria (CAN) has declared that all Christians in Nigeria
should fast and pray. This is wonderful and I thank him for
such great initiative, it is well overdue. Some of us had
asked our congregation to join us in long time prayer and
spend considerable time every meeting to cry for divine
intervention. It is our necessary duty, and sincerely a call
well overdue from the highly exulted pulpit of the President
of CAN. It must not be a one-time affair and must continue
until the church is delivered from this trying madness.
I like to point out to everyone especially the Christian
leaders and Mr. President of this country that we need to do
more than prayers. God has His part to play and we all have
our collective part. We cannot afford to leave any stone
unturned or pretend as if we have done all we could do when
the problem still persists, and festering.
The major sources of killings of innocent Nigerians today is
Boko Haram, Air and road Travel disasters. These three
sources are the major disasters that take the life of our
people in hundreds each day. Even the civil war of the
sixties did not take Nigerian lives this much. However of
the three, one is evil, provocative, premeditated and
segregational in style and methods .The Borko Haram.
BOKO HARAM: Truly everyone by now have come to realize the
real grievances of the Bokoharam continued massacre. They
want to stop the spread of Christianity, let them be warned,
nobody can stop God. Ask Harman in the book of Esther in the
Bible, the end of such mad proposition. Harman was hung on
his gallow, and that is the way God treats those that fight
From what I read in the papers, they do not want western
education in their territories. First can someone help the
Christians to tell Bokoharam that Christians are not opposed
to their desire and will never impose what they do not want
on them, on the same token, they, Borko Haram dare not try
to impose what we do not want on us. No doubt our president
is trying to address this problem from the government angle
with the introduction of the Nomadic Education in Sokoto.
But it had not solved the problem as the killing still
continued unabated. So some other solution need be sought,
and urgently too.
We cannot close our eyes to the looming possibility of a
civil war prompted ostensibly by the Bokoharam killings and
the seeming support of northern elders, and leaders.
I cannot help but call on these northern leaders and
especially those who want to rule Nigeria talk to the
Bokoharam sect to stop these senseless killings of
Christians. The time spent campaigning for an election which
is still three years away should be spent to stop the
killing of Christians.
The reported recent utterances of a particular retired
general, and a political party leader from the North, have
become an embarrassment to the hallowed institution of
retired generals in Nigeria. This particular retired general
had even succeeded in deceiving one of the elects who is
committed to saving Nigeria from the hand of those who
believe the colonial masters installed them to rule the
nation forever. This very elect of God now appears very
confused because of the highly vitriolic comments credited
to his avowed political leader.
All over the world, no conflict ever ended without dialogue
and I understand why the CAN president and many other
Christian leaders had advised that there must not be any
dialogue with a terrorists group like Bokoharam.
Much as I agree with these beloved Christian leaders and
shared the same view, we must be careful to do everything to
avoid a situation where we will be pushed to contribute to
more killings in this nation, and it is for this reason that
I beg to differ.
I will suggest immediate negotiation to forestall the rising
tempers in the South among Christian leaders. To do this, a
formidable group should be set up to negotiate immediately
to save life and property, with the initial mandate of
seize-fire agreement before the major negotiations begin.
The composition of this first negotiation team should
include all living military heads of State, with either
Chief Obasanjo or Dr. Yakubu Gowon (being the two past heads
of state who had proven in words and deeds that they believe
in the unity and peace of the South and North of Nigeria) as
chief negotiators. Other members to include Christian
leaders of CAN, PFN, COGIC, Mainline, and CCC, and leaders
of all Moslem sects in the South and North.
I urge Mr. President to urgently begin to talk with these
people and first negotiate a seize-fire and then put all
things on the table and seek lasting solutions. Nigeria has
able and competent people who should do this for the
nation.President Obasanjo had shown leadership in this
regard. I believe all Generals who had led this country
before should be drafted into this committee.
This is the time to act, and we expect President Jonathan to
move now to save this nation from the impending blood birth