By Our reporter
The recent murder of a female Christian preacher in Abuja has sparked off unprecedented tough reactions from Christian leaders in the country.
Mrs Eunice Olawale, pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Kubwa, Abuja was murdered in cold blood while she was preaching on the streets early in the morning.
While authorities of the Pentecostal Federation of Nigeria (PFN) issued the police a two-week ultimatum to fish out and prosecute the killers, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) charged Christians across the country to defend themselves against any form of attacks.
Chairman of the Kubwa Zone of the PFN, Mr. Polycarp Inji, who spoke to newsmen recently, said that Mrs. Olawale’s murder must not be swept under the carpet.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of RCCG, who visited the family, condemned the act in its totality.
“In a statement in Abuja, the CAN secretary, Musa Asake, said that it was obvious that those saddled with the responsibility of protecting Nigerians have failed, leaving Christians the option of protecting their own lives themselves.
According to him, CAN can no longer fold its hands while Christians were daily hacked to death.
He catalogued reported killings of Christians, stating that “the unprovoked attacks on Christians and the authority’s inaction is becoming unbearable and may not be tolerated anymore.
“Inasmuch as we will continue to call on Christians to remain tolerant and law abiding, it is becoming inevitable to also call on them to buckle up and be ready to defend themselves against these incessant unprovoked and mindless attacks”, he stated.
CAN urged the federal and state governments to restore the confidence of Christians in authorities by bringing perpetrators to justice, alleging also that President Buhari’s administration had been discriminating against Christians, adding that the trend was “assuming a dangerous dimension that should not be left to the vagaries of time and circumstances to resolve”.
CAN recalled the killing 74-year-old Mrs Bridget Agbahiwe in Kano by Muslims and the murder of Rev. Zakariya of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nasarawa State who reportedly chopped off his arms and legs as well as his head.
Also, the House of Representatives have directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to ensue prosecution of the killers of Olawale and to increase police presence in the area to forestall further occurrence.