An Anglican prelate has linked the Boko Haram insurgency plaguing the nation today to the registration of Nigeria into the Organisation of Islamic Countries years back by the nation’s past leaders.
Most Rev. Friday Imaekhai, the. Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bendel and Bishop of Esan was speaking at the 2015 Annual retreat of Anglican bishops at the Ibru Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, recently.
According to him, the seed of Boko Haram was planted long before Goodluck Jonathan became president, adding that it was ‘unfortunate that the seed is being reaped in his administration.
“The situation in the country today had long been determined and likened it to a seed that was long planted which we are now reaping today!
“Things are not just happening and it is most unfortunate that they are happening during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, he said.
Although people tend to claim that what is going on in the North is not a religious war, Archbishop Imaekhai, who is also the Dean, Church of Nigeria, said that everything happening points to that direction where Churches are burnt, people are forced to renounce their faith, Christians are recklessly killed with their families scattered.and Islam is being forced on the people as the mode of worship.
“When we look at the history of the nation, we would see all the efforts of some of the past leaders from the military to civilian trying to Islamise the country and the fact -that Nigeria has been sold to the Muslim world.
“Boko Haram says it hates everything “Western” and at a time, the sect called on President Jonathan to be a Muslim. .
“We were dragged into Organization of Islamic countries (OJC) and by implication, Nigeria is a Muslim country which means that whatever is happening on other Muslim countries should be repeated here and if we would not deceive ourselves, we can see the handwriting on the wall”
“We pray that the nation comes out of the coming election successfully and as a Church, it is our prayer that God would lead us through this difficult time and give us credible leaders that will make for stability of the country and also make the rule of law to operate where people have freedom of worship and serve their God in their own way” he said.
The Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh called on Nigerians to come together and relentlessly engage in efforts that would put an end to the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northern part of the country.
Okoh, while addressing Bishops and Archbishops in Anglican Church during the retreat with the theme: “The 21st God’s Ambassadors in the Anglican Church” and visibly downcast with, the situation that has turned the affected areas into war zone, warned that if there is no co-operation to end the carnage, the danger is that the country could be overrun by the sect.
Lamenting over the situation the victims have found themselves, Okoh also said it has become necessary for other Nigerians to assist them with cash and kind, remembering that if they fail to act swiftly, similar situation may be close to their door steps.
The Bishop of Anglican Diocese, Gombe, Rt. Rev. Henry Ndukuba, described what has been going on in the North as economic, physical, social and spiritual battle that may not end in a year or two years’ time and after it has ended, things may not be the same in the affected areas in the next ten years as it is easy to destroy but difficult to build.