Pastor E. A Adeboye, the General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, led a protest yesterday, against the incessant killings and insecurities in Nigeria.
The demonstrations held immediately after the church’s monthly thanksgiving service at its national headquarters in Ebute Meta, Lagos.
In the course of the service, the cleric led his congregation in prayers for the security of the country saying, “Lord, have mercy on Nigeria. Let there be peace and security in Nigeria. God sees all things and knows where the terrorists are hiding. We pray that God sends His light to Nigeria and expose the evildoers in the country”.
After that, he announced to his members that there will be a prayer walk after the service.
“After the service, we are all going for a prayer walk. We’ll march according to age. There are some who would march around the church because of their age, and there are some who would march with me to Atan Cemetery and back.” He said.
The pastor and members of his church marched out, holding up several placards with inscriptions such as “No to further killings,” “All souls are precious to God,” “God hurts when his people hurt,” “All creatures are created equal,” “We say no to killings” to mention but a few.
Pastor E.A Adeboye asked that the security infrastructure in the nation be overhauled and improved drastically to overcome the present security challenges. According to him, the purpose of the prayer walk was to offer prayers and supplication unto God to save Nigeria from being consumed by insurgency, terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, militants, and ritualists in all our states. He instructed all members of his church across Nigeria to be involved in the protest.
According to the Punch, before this event, the Christian Association of Nigeria had announced 3-day fasting and prayer that began on January 31st. According to the president of the association, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, the spiritual exercise was to be concluded on February 2nd, with a prayer walk. They prayed to empower the government and military forces in the fight against terrorism and the incessant killings in the country.
Senator Shehu Sani has commended the cleric’s actions, “Pastor Adeboye finally disembarking from the fence of caution, moderation, and neutrality and leading a match against insecurity is commendable. Protest gives wings and wheels to prayer.” he tweeted.
Sahara reporters, however, said that the cleric, with a stern demeanor, declined to comment when asked why the church has been silent on human rights violation, and why it took him so long to come out publicly to condemn insecurity in Nigeria.