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Church Decries Govt Inability to End Insurgency in North-East



As President Muhammad Buhari led administration is sets to assume second term of office, the Church of Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), has decried government inability to end the ten year insurgency in the North-East region.

Rev Joel Bili, President of the church, while lamenting the lingering killings and destruction of property in region, expressed dismay over security claims that, they are on top of the fight against insurgents.

The cleric made the assertion at the 72nd General Conference of the church themed ‘Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith’ in Hong LGA of the state, adding that, concerted efforts is required to ensure peace and tranquility.

“The recent Boko Haram attack on Thilaimakalama and Ngurthlavu, where two girls were abducted and many houses were burnt by the terrorists is worrisome.

“Our leaders, who have deliberately refused to keep peace and order, are been protected by heavy armed security living the poor masses at the mercy of God”.

The church he explained has concluded plans to host Global Brethren Gathering in December, where over ten countries are expected to brainstorm towards achieving global evangelism.

Earlier, Rev. Dr Daniel Mbaya, the General Secretary of the church, urged government to support rebuilding and reconstruction of place of worship destroyed insurgents.

“Despite our several pleas to federal and Adamawa state government, to borrow a leaf from Borno Government and rebuild some of our places of worship destroyed nothing has been done yet”.

Mbaya, further explained that, over 1500 participants drawn from over 700 local churches, with Rev Jay Wittmeyer the executive director, Global Mission Service USA, as the guest preacher graced the occasion.

Highlights of the ceremony was presentation of awards, to some members, for their outstanding contributions to the church.