â€¢ Asks Buhari to act now
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has warned that Nigeria may not exist as it is if the spate of killings across the country is not quickly brought to an end.
He spoke weekend at the May edition of the Holy Ghost Service where he warned that Nigerians would find it difficult to go out to vote next year if they have fear that they could be killed if they venture out of their houses to vote.
The service, which had the theme, â€˜Stronger Than Your Enemies 5â€™ with the sub title, â€˜Habitation of the Almighty,â€™ took place at the churchâ€™s Redemption Camp, in Ogun State.
Noting his distress at the killing of Christian worshippers in Benue State recently and how it provoked his wife to nudge him, he said: â€œI said there is no father who would lose 19 children in a day that will not be quiet. She said what do you mean, because she hadnâ€™t heard the news that in a church, somebody went in and shot 19 people.
â€œIt doesnâ€™t matter the denominationâ€¦by the special grace of God, all Christians in Nigeria call me daddy. So when any of them dies, itâ€™s my son or daughter that is dead,â€ Adeboye said.
Urging the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to immediately stop the killings, he said: â€œI am going to ask you to join me in prayer, because unless these killings stop, and stop immediately, even Nigeria may not live. I am not talking about individuals now, I am talking about Nigeria itselfâ€¦
a bishop asked me not too long ago, â€˜Daddy, has God told you who win the next election?â€™
â€œI said, Sir, I am not even sure yet there will be an election. Because, unless these killings stop, there may be no elections next year. â€˜Are you prophesying, Daddy?â€™ No, no! I am not prophesying. I am just reasoning. Because nobody will want to go out to vote if they are not sure they will be able to return home safely,â€ he said.
Adeboye said he had seen war before and would not want to see another war again.
He said: â€œitâ€™s a terrible thing. A nation may survive a civil war, but no nation can survive a religious war and remain the same. That Nigeria may live, these killings must stop.
â€œSo all of you who love Nigeria, I want you to rise on your feet, and cry to God with all your heart, and say: Father, let the killings stopâ€¦that Nigeria may live, please God let the killings stop,â€ Adeboye led the congregation in prayer.