Enoch Adejare Adeboye, one of Nigeria’s most influential pastors, and General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God with branches across the world and followers in virtually all continents, has led a national protest against insecurity under the leadership President Muhammadu Buhari, even as another influential pastor, Prophet T.B. Joshua called for peace following his troubling 2020 prophecies for Africa and the world.
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Reverend Andimi was abducted by Boko Haram when they attacked Michika in Adamawa state northeast Nigeria on 3 January 2020 during new year celebrations.
Initially he was declared missing. Later, he appeared in a video released by Boko Haram on 5 January, in which he pleaded with authorities to secure his release. Michaka has been repeatedly attacked by Boko Haram. Amnesty International described his cruel murder as appalling.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s protests on Sunday along with his congregation on the streets of Lagos to protest the rising level of insecurity in Nigeria, were a striking reminder of how badly insecurity has become in Africa’s most populous nation under the leadership of Mr. Buhari, a devout Muslim who received a rebuke from President Donald Trump during a White House visit in 2018 when the American leader called on Mr. Buhari to protect Christians in Nigeria, but he failed.
Adeboye, who recently visited another influential Nigerian cleric Pastor David Oyedepo following the former’s controversy on a U.S visa ban was seen holding a signpost that read; ”All souls are precious to God” reported Lagos-based PM.News.
The pastor led his congregation from the church’s National Headquarters in Ebute Meta, Lagos State, to Atan Cemetery in Yaba metropolis and back.
Another influential Nigerian Pastor, known across Africa and the world, Prophet T.B. Joshua has been leading marathon prayers for peace in Nigeria and around the world.
In his 2020 prophecies for the world, the respected man of God revealed some shocking scary prophecies from the United Kingdom to the United States and from Nigeria to the rest of the world, but said prayers were needed to tackle evil on earth.
Mr. Buhari, a hardliner who has shown little tendencies to listen or to engage the entire country beyond his northern constituency, boasted in 2015 that he will crush Boko Haram once he assumes.
It’s been 5 years now and Boko Haram has escalated, killing many people and waging a war against mainly Christians.
Meanwhile commendations have been spreading for Adeboye.
On Monday, a political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Monday, commended the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, for leading a “prayer walk” against the unabating insecurity in the country.
Frank said the peaceful protest is a vote of no confidence already passed on the current administration of General Muhammadu Buhari, adding that All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed in all ramifications.
In a statement in Abuja, Frank said it will amount to a breach of agreement for General Buhari to sack the current Service Chiefs because “the powers that be are directly benefiting from the corruption in the military.”
The former APC’s deputy spokesman, urged the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) not to relent but to mobilise more Christian leaders to join the likes of Pastor Adeboye on the streets, as a “one off protest is not enough.”
The Bayelsa-born political activist also lauded Sheik Gumi for speaking against the cluelessness of the APC and called on other Islamic leaders to join the fray, warning that the situation might get worse if religious leaders fail to speak.
“Nigerians must forget religious sentiments at this period. Muslim and Christian leaders need to come together and speak out loudly because it is only in the atmosphere of peace that anybody can practice his or her religious faith,” he said.
Frank called on traditional rulers to join Christian and Muslim leaders to “tell the failed
federal government led by Buhari to step aside if the administration cannot protect the people any longer.”
He insisted that despite the trillions of Naira allegedly expended on the military by the APC’s administration in the last four years, “the dreaded Boko Haram is still more vicious and appearing to be outwitting the Nigerian military.
“The Service Chiefs and the APC’s government under General Buhari will be questioned by the International Criminal Court (ICC) one day to give account of how these monies were mismanaged while Nigerians died avoidable deaths and untold hardship,” he said.
Frank, however called on all the regional leaders to emulate the South-west by setting up security outfits capable of protecting their people instead of relying on the failing national security architecture.
“I call on my South-south leaders, South-east leaders, North-central, North-east and North-west governors to urgently consider what they can do to protect the lives and property of their people and not rely on the central government anymore,” he said.
On the recent U.S. visa ban on Nigerians, Frank said General Buhari’s negligence and obvious corruption in the military which has left the insecurity to degenerate are responsible for the action.
He however called on the United States Government to review the ban in the interest of innocent Nigerians.
“I have to make it clear that Donald Trump’s administration does not hate Nigerians but it hates injustice, human rights abuse, non-adherence to the rule of law, lack of freedom of speech and all manners of impunity and corruption under the General Buhari-led government,” he said.
He also appealed to the international community to come to the aid of innocent Nigerians now confronted by unnecessary attacks and killings on a daily basis.