- Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, visited Borno state for the first time ever
- Speaking on the insurgency in the state, the respected cleric said spiritual intervention was needed to defeat the enemies of Nigeria
- He also enumerated all the interventions made by the RCCG in Borno state including building a primary school and skills acquisition center
Maiduguri - Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), says prayer remains the best option for peace in Nigeria and ending the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.
The respected cleric made the comment when he paid a courtesy visit to the Borno state deputy governor, Usman Kadafur, at the Government House, Maiduguri, on Thursday, October 27.
Adeboye said spiritual intervention was needed side by side the current anti terrorism efforts in order to defeat Boko Haram and other extremist groups threatening Nigeria’s peace and security.
Vanguard newspaper quoted him as saying:
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“There are problems that you cannot solve with just human ability, it takes God to get some of these bandits to get to surrender.
“Because even if you offer them everything, some of them may still turn their back and go back to what they were initially doing.
“We have come to pray on the land. My congregation and I have been praying. I believe God wants me to step on the land and cry and pray for the land and we have been praying since Wednesday.”
Pastor Adeboye further explained that Maiduguri was the 16th place where his congregation held prayers.
”We went around the world. The Church was in 196 locations globally. Sir, I thank the almighty God for this meeting as this is the first time in my life of visiting Maiduguri. I have had always wanted to come long before now but somehow it has not been possible.
“My wife and I and some of our officials have come here and seen for ourselves that the governor and his wonderful government have been doing a lot under very difficult situations.
“We believe that if things had been easier this government could have done a lot more for the people.
“In our own little corner at the headquarters in Lagos, we have tried whatever little bit we could to show the government that we are particularly interested in Borno state.”
Enumerating some of his church’s interventions, the RCCG leader said:
“We built a little primary school, a skills acquisition and vocational training center where different trades like shoe making, sewing and other trades are being learnt.
“We also built accommodation for some of the displaced families and also contributed to the hospitals by bringing machines for kidney dialysis, but much more than that, we have been praying.
“We have been praying because before these troublemakers came, Borno was one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria. I remember in those days, anyone could go to anywhere here at anytime of the day and night.”
Speaking earlier, the deputy governor acknowledged the support of Adeboye and other Christian faithful.
He also concurred with Adeboye, saying that there was need to fervently seek the intervention of God to end the 13-year-old insurgency that has ravaged the state.
Rights activist asks President Buhari to sack service chiefs
In a related development, a rights activist and convener of the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the current security chiefs in the country.
Speaking to Legit.ng after he issued a statement asking the president to take the action, Onwubiko said he made the suggestion because the Nigeria security chiefs have failed to deliver on their mandate.
“The number one priority of security agencies is to secure the citizens and the current service chiefs have failed in this regard. That is why I called for their sack.
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“It is high time people start to lose their jobs for not performing in public office, especially matters that concerns security. We can't have people sit in cozy offices and pretend to be working while our security situation is deteriorating by the day.
“The best way to secure Nigerians now is to rejig the system and bring in competent people who can match their words with actions and ensure that Nigerians go to bed feeling safe and secure.”
Bishop David Oyedepo distributes relief materials to flood victims in Kogi state
Meanwhile, as Nigerian churches continue to impact the lives of citizens, over 1000 households in Kogi state have received relief materials from the Founder of Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo.
Apart from the headquarters of Winners Chapel in Lokongoma, Lokoja, other branches within the state capital including LFC Adankolo, Gadumo, Ganaja, 500 Housing Units and other local governments area including Ibaji, Ankpa, Ajaokuta, Bassa benefited from the relief materials.
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Members from across all their network of churches in Kogi state were beneficiaries as non-members who registered as flood victims were also captured in the distribution as food packs that contained rice, beans, and garri and a sum of 10,000 was given to each beneficiary.
Prophet Jeremiah sets up relief camps for flood victims in Niger Delta
On his part, the founder, Mercy Land Deliverance Ministry Warri Delta state, Prophet Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyin through his foundation Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyin Foundation has reached out to families affected by flood in the Niger Delta region.
The cleric who physically led a team to the mission was sighted in a viral video moving in canoe to reach the victims in all the states of Niger Delta, including Kogi, Anambra, Oyo and others.
Apart from doling out millions of naira in relief to the community, the cleric also took along with him to Mercy City members of the community where he provided them with decent accommodation, feeding and clothing.