By Chukwudi Ikpe
An Anglican cleric, Ven. Zion Ngoka has called for show of concern for Christians in the northern part of Nigeria, especially Plateau and Benue States, who were being persecuted following series of attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
He emphasized the urgent need for churches, individuals and corporate organisations to assist “our brothers and sisters in the North who are facing a very difficult and challenging situation.”
Ven. Ngoka who is the Archdeacon of Owerri and Vicar of Christ Church Owerri made this call while speaking at the church service last Sunday during a special prayer session for Christians in the North.
He announced that Christ Church Owerri has already sent an initial certain amount of cash to them and that the second amount of cash was ready, adding that the cash reliefs were made for designated church leaders in the North.
Ven. Ngoka noted with dismay, the distress call sent out by Most Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, Archbishop of Jos, through facebook, in which he lamented the attacks by hoodlums who made away with their properties despite the curfew in the state.
According to him, Archbishop Kwashi had wondered whether the curfew was for Christians alone, since their attackers were moving about freely and perpetrating their evil deeds within the period of the curfew.
The Archdeacon who explained that the gesture was part of the mission and evangelism of Christ Anglican Church Owerri, led the congregation in a special prayer session for churches and Christians in the North.
Speaking to Christian Voice after the service, Ven. Ngoka condemned the attacks and killing in the North describing it as primitive. He maintained that killing of fellow human beings and blood shedding is evil and inhumane.
He called on the government to do more to usher unbiased rescue to the unfortunate situation, stressing that there should be no discrimination in tackling insecurity.