President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mr. Ayo Oritsejafor
By Yemi Akinsuyi
President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mr. Ayo Oritsejafor, Sunday described Boko Haram members of the sect as wicked.
This is coming on the heels of an appeal by the Moderator of the Synod of the North, The Presbyterian Church in Nigeria (PCN), Rev. Solomon Umazi, that the Federal Government should rise up to its responsibility of protecting the lives and property of Christians who are been killed by some terrorists in the Northern part of the country.
Oritsejafor, who spoke in Abuja, at the dedication of a worship auditorium of the Good Tidings Bible Church International Abuja, said: “If we all have the fear of God and his spirit in our there will be no sectarian crisis, our politicians will do the right things, pensioners funds will not be stolen by few people in authority, there will be no wickedness. We must pray for Nigerian. We need God in our lives.”
He noted that the sect’s members were not filled with the spirit of God, adding: “Anybody that is not filled with the spirit of God will be filled with the spirit of evil. Boko Haram members are doing what they are doing because they are filled with evil spirit.”
Oritsejafor, who wept during his sermon, said: “For the fact that I am in this church God will answer our prayers and see to the end of the crisis in Nigeria. I see Nigeria getting better. Nigeria will be great. We must unite to progress. I feel sad as I move from place to place to hear how corruption is practice due to lack of the fear of God. Our education system has been destroyed. The situation is so bad now that parents are employing people to write examinations for their children. We have only ensured to nurture people who are fake in their profession. Many of our graduates cannot even write their names and complete simple sentence. The situation is serious and we must overcome the situation.”
Responding, the Senior Pastor of the Good Tidings Bible Church, Dayo Olutayo, had urged Nigerians to remain united and pray for progress of this country.
Meanwhile, Umazi, while speaking Sunday during the all Presbyterian conference 2012 in Abuja, said no Bible-believing Christian would take revenge by fighting back.
“The Church operates within a state and it is the responsibility of the state to ensure adequate security for its citizenry. Christians are peace loving people and should not expect to fight back because this is not part of the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our government should rise up to its responsibility in providing security to the Christians,” he added.
The cleric, who gave the theme of the conference as “Building a People’s of Power,” said what Christians should do is to pray more effectively and also provide physical security around the worship centres to avoid the terrorists attacks.
While blaming Christian missionaries for not taking the gospel to all the nooks and crannies of the country, Umazi said if the people had been taught Christ’s teaching, there would not have been the problem of terrorism.
In his words: “The attack on Christians is a failure of missionaries who did not do enough in winning the souls of these people to the kingdom of God. The few of them who have accepted Jesus Christ are living peacefully with their neighbours. We fail to reach out to them with the sword of the spirit and now, they are visiting us with the sword of the flesh.
“Christians should go back to them with the gospel of peace. That is why I believe that as long as the dialogue with the Boko Haram has the gospel of peace, they will be converted and then live in peace with their fellow human beings,” he stated.