Oritsejafor to Boko Harm: Donâ€™t shed blood because it speaksBy Bobricky 10:33 Sat, 03 Oct 2015 Comments
Following a recent revelation by the Nigerian Army that top Northern politicians and elders are sabotaging counter-insurgency efforts in the North East region, the National President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has again appealed to Islamic militants to hearken to the voice of reason and abandon their current violent campaign.
Addressing a mammoth crowd of worshippers at his Word of Life Bible Church, Warri, Delta State, Pastor Oritsejafor said itâ€™s unreasonable for any man to take the life of another human being because the human life is sacred and only the creator has the prerogative to take such life.
Speaking on â€œHow to restore lost gloryâ€, the CAN president who had earlier declared a 10-day fasting and prayer session to intercede on behalf of the nation ahead of the 55th independence anniversary celebration, advised Boko Harm operatives in the North East to take a cue from erstwhile Niger Delta militants who had dropped their violent campaigns for social justice.
Drawing inspiration from the Holy Bible, the man of God who spontaneously turned an ordinary service to a deliverance session, warned that every Nigerian must be mindful of the fact that the human blood has the capacity to communicate with God for judgment and seek redress for any wrong done to any human life.
According to him, â€œno man has right to snuff life out of another man because life is sacred. So, I appeal to those Islamic militants and their modern day collaborators, Fulani herdsmen, to take a cue from Niger Delta youths who have acknowledged the fact that no agitation is worth the life of any human being. â€œEvery human life is valuable to God; even that of the mad man on the street because the human blood has a way of calling for judgment.
Not matter how bad the human life might look to you, please donâ€™t shed blood,â€ Oritsejafor pleaded, urging them to embrace peace for the sake of national growth, cohesion and development. The CAN helmsman further lamented that in this age of knowledge there could still be some individuals who take delight in mindlessly killing fellow human beings unmindful of the fact that God who created heaven and earth will recompense everyone of us for our deeds here on earth at the end of our sojourn here.
â€œIf you do good, you will get your reward just as you will receive your adequate punishment for whatever evil you do here, including the shedding of innocent blood of human beings created by God,â€ he sounded a note of warning, stressing that no religion known to man, has thrown its weight behind the despicable activities of Boko Harm.
He therefore appealed to members of the Boko Harm sect and other Islamic fundamentalist groups across the globe to emulate the Niger Delta militants who have since rented of their sins, and stop wasting even their own lives and their future as a result of undue radicalization while their instructors and sponsors as well as their offsprings are wallowing in stupendous affluence.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian Army recently informed the nation of plans by certain highly placed individuals and political groups in the troubled Borno State in particular and North East generally, to undermine and scuttle the fight against terrorism and insurgency in this country, which is a confirmation of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan assessment during a stakeholders meeting in the region just before the last presidential elections.
President Jonathan, at that meeting also warned elders and politicians from Borno State saying: â€œThe Boko Haram insurgency is reducing gradually in states like Bauchi, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe and Niger among others, but in Borno State the situation is increasing. It is unfortunate, and this is because you the elders refused to come out and condemn the activities of the sect who are your children. This is not a time to be playing to the gallery.â€
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