Boko Haram: Cleric urges FG to be more swift, decisive
The Presiding Bishop Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Ibadan, Nigeria, Bishop Francis Wale Oke has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to be more swift and decisive in checking Boko Haram insurgency before escalate to the entire nation.
He gave this charge on Friday while addressing journalist to herald the 32nd annual Holy Ghost convention of the church which begins on Sunday August 31 at the Christ Life Church International Headquarters, Garden of Victory, Old Ife road, Ibadan.
Bishop Oke who revealed that the prominent ministers of God like Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, CAN President Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and Bishop David Oyedepo will minister during the convention, said the church is calling on the federal government to use every power to check the insurgency.
“We’re calling on the Federal Government to wake up and use every power within its fold to defend Nigerian territory. The federal government should be more decisive because Boko Haram is acting the script of ISIS.
“The trend at which the insurgency is moving is dangerous. For more than 48 hours they declare caliphate on a section of the country and there is no swift reaction? Let the Federal Government evacuate all civilian from that area and shell the area. The insurgency step is unacceptable. The Federal Government is given us an impression that we have a very weak government which cannot defend its territory.
“The church is demanding that the Federal Government must take action; that the beheading of christians is unacceptable, the kidnap of over 200 girls for over 200 days without any positive sign is unacceptable, that taking over of the Catholic church is unacceptable. We demand that the government should show us that we have a government that is capable of defending the people,” Bishop said.
The clergyman also noted that the action of the run away soldiers recently, portends a great danger in tackling the insurgency.
“The action shows the mental state of the military officers and how ill equipped, ill trained and weak command structure they have. It is something that should amaze Nigerians. We should stop playing politics with security. Some people should lose their head because of this, our military command should be overhauled, if that will make our men who are serving in the security sectors to be well motivated,” he opined.