Bishop Geoffrey Okorafor of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu has advised Nigerians not to be intimidated by the escalating offensive of the Boko Haram.
The Bishop urged both Christians and Moslems to rather continue in their fasting and prayers, assuring that the challenges which seem impossible with human efforts are about to be solved by God.
The Rt. Rev. Okorafor was speaking at a Eucharistic service of confirmation, admission and induction for the Upe Na Umunam Parish at Emmanuel Church Upe Na Umunam in Ngor/Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State.
He observed that the Boko Haram sect was only out to tarnish the image of the country but that this had backfired as the international community had been outraged by the abducation of the schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State.
The Bishop said that he had no regrets being a Nigerian and the madness by the insurgents should not deter Nigerians from being Nigerians.
He regretted that the nation’s reliance on the military was not good enough, and that the people need to continue to seek the face of God.
The Bishop frowned at the assumption among people in the South East, South West and South-South that insurgency was a challenge before the North, advised them against being complacent but rather be very mindful and cautious of the person next to them, especially if they do not know the fellow.
The Anglican Prelate who identified insincerity as the bane of the country enjoined Christians to lead the crusade for a new Nigeria where truth prevails.
He challenged them to set their minds on things above, putting to death whatever belonged to their earthly nature, which included impurity, lust, evil desires and greed warning that for these vices, the wrath of God would come on mankind. He further urged them to re-examine themselves in order to be purged also of such things as anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from their lips.
The Bishop urged the Nigerian Youths, represented by the confirmation candidates, to refrain from cultism, armed robbery and other vices plaguing the nation if there must be difference between them and the others.
He said they should also guard against those things that tend to bring them down in their Christian faith. He noted that if all confirmed candidates were to observe Christian precepts, the society would be better for everybody to live in.
Highpoint of the service was the foundation stone lying of the Archdeaconry house already at the lentel level, awaiting roofing.