- The spiritual father of Cherubim and Seraphim Movement has lamented the impacts of terrorism on churches in the north
- Senior pastor Samuel Adefila Abidoye said churches in north have been rendered redundant due to lingering terrorist attacks
- The church leader also sued for the peace among Nigerians and the immediate release of Leah Sharibu
The spiritual father of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church worldwide, Samuel Adefila Abidoye, has expressed concern over the lingering impacts of terrorism, which he said may force the churches into extinction.
Abidoye registered his utter displeasure while passing Easter message on Sunday, April 21. He added that the perpetual killing of the faithful and destruction properties especially in Kaduna has put an obstruction to the growth of churches in the north.
He also lamented the ravaging impacts of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast of the country, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail over the crisis in Kaduna and ensure that the freedom of worship is totally recognised as entrenched in the constitution, Leadership reports.
He said: "Many of our churches in the North have become redundant and unable to fulfil their obligations to the conference because of the parlous state of their finances.
"More importantly, membership in these churches have become scanty and there is real danger that if care is not taken, we may find many of them shut down in the nearest future.''
While calling for the release of Leah Sharibu, who is still in the den of the kidnappers because she failed to renounce her Christian faith, the senior pastor also sued for unity among Nigerians irrespective of tribes or faith.
According to him, lack of unity is dangerous and a threat to peace and togetherness.
He said: “I also urge you to be praying fervently for the release of Leah Sharibu, that girl in captivity of Boko Haram, who refused to deny her faith in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
“It is in view of this that I call on all Nigerians, irrespective of religion, tribe or race to eschew bitterness and other characteristics that do not engender unity.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that at least three churches were hit by explosions on Sunday, April 21, during Easter celebrations, leaving more than 200 people injured and at least 100 dead in Sri Lanka, Colombo's capital.
A number of Sri Lanka's five-star hotels were also struck by bomb blasts in what looked like a terrorist attack.
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