Don’t fight Back

Christians in Nigeria especially in the North have been urged to remain calm and do not retaliate in the face of attacks by the Boko Haram Sect.

The Anglican Bishop of Owerri Diocese Right Reverend Cyril Okorocha gave the charge in an interview in Owerri.Rt Rev Okorocha admonished Christians to follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ who preached and adopted the principle of forgiveness while on earth.

He advised Nigerians to eschew bitterness and violence and give peace a chance to enable the country experience accelerated development.

According to the Prelate, Jesus teaches us to forgive our enemies even as much as seventy times seventy saying that it is unchristian for us to retaliate after our enemies have slapped us on both sides of our cheeks.

He advised that this is the time for us, as Christians, to go back to the Prayer Book where we pray God to give peace in our time since there is no one that can fight for us except Him.

On the recent Dana Airplane crash in Lagos, Bishop Okorocha who frowned at the incident, called on those in position of authority in the aviation sector to do more to make  the Nigerian air space safer.

Bishop Okorocha noted that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, adding that if the Dana Airline’s aircraft were so old, they should have replaced them with new ones or changed to another business.

He counseled that trading with people’s life was a very bad thing to do.

On the issue of setting up a panel to determine the cause of the crash, he advised that it is not just enough for the government to set up a panel but to ensure that air traffic rules are evoked for the operatives.

The Anglican prelate, called on the federal government to ensure that only quality aircraft that undergo periodic maintenance fly the Nigerian airspace.


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