- A Christain cleric has called on Nigerians to support the troops of the Nigerian Military in the fights against terrorism in Nigeria
- Bishop Sunday Garuba said there is an urgent need for a united Nigeria irrespective of ethnic and religious affiliations in the fight against terrorism
- According to the Bishop, Nigeria would have long seized to exist because of the forces of darkness that conspired to destabilize and disintegrate the country if not for President Muhammadu Buhari
Renowned Christian cleric, Bishop Sunday Garuba, has said that a united Nigeria is paramount in the military's quest to effectively flush out the remnant Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
The preacher made this known on Saturday, February 1, at a Love Feast Day organised as part of a 21-day Marathon Prayer for Nigeria's unity at the Unity Fountain in Abuja.
The Love Feast is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry and expressing the koinonia (community, sharing, and fellowship) enjoyed by the family of Christ.
Garuba said the event is being carried as part of the meeting to share in love with brethren and everyone created by the Almighty God for his glory.
According to Bishop Garuba, there is an urgent need for a united Nigeria irrespective of ethnic and religious affiliations in the fight against terrorism.
The clergyman stated that the military must be celebrated for restoring peace in the northeast and bigger praises should go to President Muhammadu Buhari whose emergence led the transformation.
However, the only stumbling block, the preacher revealed, is the differences amongst Nigerians, adding that the nation's unity is sacrosanct.
He said: "In the book of 1 John 5:4, it was stated that "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world." Can the children of God say a loud Amen? Amen!"
He noted that Nigeria has been through the worst of times and that the foundation was shaken by the activities of evil ones that are desirous of seeing to the disintegration of Nigeria for their selfish gains.
He, however, said that God proved Himself faithful to Nigerians that believed.
"That we came together regardless of our ethnic and religious affiliations to offer prayers and supplication for our country and, by extension our leaders is an indication that indeed God loves Nigeria," Garuba said.
He said: "Nigeria is indeed a great nation, and we are grateful to God almighty for gifting us a president like Muhammadu Buhari, whose emergence as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is nothing but an Act of God. This much we must all admit contributed to this great victory we are celebrating today."
He said but for the gift of President Buhari, Nigeria would have long seized to exist because of the forces of darkness that conspired to destabilize and disintegrate the country.
"My brethren, the icing on the cake for us as a people and as a country, is when we all stay united and with one voice in our conduct and affairs. It is indeed a great obligation we owe this country. We must realize that it is not a job for the president alone."
"It is also not a job for the Service Chiefs that have, in recent times, been subjected to all manner of criticism just because they have elected to stand on the side of truth in service to Nigeria," the preacher added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a former Military Administrator of Lagos state, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (retired) has said that retired military officers in the country are solidly behind troops fighting insurgency battle in the northeast.
Marwa said the troops were fighting under difficult conditions like bad weather, marshy terrain, and mines laden stretches of land.
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