Bishop Geoffrey Okorafor of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu has attributed the non-explosion of the bombs planted at Living Faith Church in Owerri, Imo State to the special grace of God.
The Bishop, therefore, urged the people of Imo State to remain persistent in their fasting and prayers, assuring that the Lord would continue to protect them against the devices of the enemies of the society.
In a statement from the see of the Bishop of Egbu, signed by the Diocesan Communicator and Press Secretary to the Bishop, Mr. George Best Okoroh, the Bishop advised the entire people of southern Nigeria to be more security conscious and not to be taken unawares by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The Bishop’s reaction followed the discovery of two improvised explosive devices in the premises of the Living Faith Church, (aka Winners’ Chapel, Owerri).
According to the statement, the discovery of the IEDs had vindicated the earlier position of the Bishop that insurgency by Boko Haram sect was not a challenge before the North alone. It noted that only recently the Owerri residence of the immediate past governor of the State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, was blown up by bombs planted in the premises.
The statement said it was rather ridiculous that this madness would be happening in Imo State, wondering what could have informed their choice of the state among states in the South-East Zone.
It advised that the time when people were complacent over the security situation in their environment was over as the price for security was internal vigilance.
The people were further advised not only to avoid picking or touching any object they were not sure of the content but also to be mindful of the persons next to them especially if the persons were not intimately known to them.
He commended the Imo State Police Command, especially the bomb disposal unit for acting swiftly in defusing the bombs said to have a range of 500 meters radius.
The statement further noted that the efforts of the military and other security agencies including those of the International community had not been good enough, hence the call for continued prayers for the State and the Nation at large.