By Golok Nanmwa, Jos
Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) on Tuesday raised concerns over growing insecurity in the country and how lands are forcibly taken and then occupied by their attackers in some communities in the country.
The Church also frowned at the rate in which kidnapping has become a lucrative business stressing that it seems there is no end to the menace.
Speaking at the 101st General Church Council GCC of the church in Jos, COCIN President, Rev Amos Mohzo said the Church is inevitably engulfed with insecurity, persecution and suffering .
He added that “The forces of darkness militating against the Church are increasing daily, there are a lot of killings going on, nobody will ever imagine the gruesome murder and burning to ashes of Miss Deborah Yakubu, a 200 level Home Economic student at the Shehu Shagari college of Education in Sokoto , we must agree that the Church is under siege .”
Mohzo also alleged that there are nefarious elements who have been well supported and sponsored to ransack and displace citizens from their inherited land.
In his words “They are not only to grab our inheritance but they are out to destroy and annihilate us, we must be aware that sophisticated weapons are with these elements and they are well trained for war. Our members should be watchful and guard themselves within the legal provision of self defence, there is no longer time to slumber, while waiting for security from the government, communities must guard their lands, properties and inheritance,” he added.
He further added that “economic threat is encroaching at our doors, we must wake up to face the challenge headlong by avoiding unnecessary spending and competitive lifestyle, the Church should create awareness for members to be wise, this is the time to remind our members to remain contented with what they have and work within their income.”
He encouraged Christians and all Nigerians to come out en masse and participate in politics and make sure their votes count in the forthcoming general elections.