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Barely few weeks that Nigerians like all parts of the world gleefully entered the year 2020, fears and suspicions have been rearing their heads as to the security situation in Nigeria. Just when Nigerians were almost forgetting about the woes of the latter part of 2019 which saw many innocent Nigerians kidnapped, raped and many that were unfortunately killed, the entrance into the year 2020 seemed to be coming up to remind us all of such pains of the outgone year.

On one hand, we have never forgotten about the plight of Leah Sharibu the last of  the Chibok girls withheld by the Boko Baram bandits for her single offence of being a Christian who refused to be converted to Islam; two, the hanging fate of Rev. Lawan Andini, the kidnapped Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika Local Government of Adamawa State, who we later learnt was gruesomely murdered by terrorists, and of course the bitter sweet news of Leah Sharibu who has just been said to have put to bed for a Boko Haram commander.

All the above in effect have left Christians in every part of Nigeria, and most especially in the North and the Middle Belt on the defensive and this is the battle the gallant leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria have taken upon themselves. Without mincing words none of these assaults is commendable but are grossly condemable. No responsible leaders can idly stay by and watch his followers molested, kidnapped and killed without any commensurate reaction from the government.

In fact with the body language of the federal government it has shown that Christians in Nigeria have reason to fear. For a long time hardly have Nigerians been so divided on political and tribal lines. Every issue in Nigeria if not seen from political view point would be seen from religious perspective. Without looking further our politicans who gain mostly from all these divides are the cause of the culturally orchestrated crises rocking the foundation of Nigeria, a once united peaceful and harmonious state.

Even at the present time the core of the current leaders are not helping to put the people together. As the northern part of Nigeria has been thrown into almost a situation of total religious paralysis, with leaders from that part of the country helplessly doing nothing about it, the relatively peaceful southern parts who were being assaulted by some foreign elements, are being condemned for coming together in defence of their local community. It is most unfortunate.

As the situation is now, and for the federal government to allay the fear of those affected, the government should assure Nigerians that they are on top of the situation by bringing the bandits to book without fear or favour.

The government has no justification for encouraging one tribe or religion to lord itself over the other. They encourage one group to bear arms while they condemn and suffer the other to defend themselves. This is most unfair.

So as the situation is what one can say is to admonish our fellow Christians not to keep quite. They should not fail to condemn the condemnable as the situation arises, noting well that “Our weapons of warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds casting down imaginations, and  every high thing that exalt itself against the knowledge of God, as bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Yes, this is the right time to comfort ourselves with the word of Moses to the children of Israel “To stand firm and not be afraid as we see the deliverance the Lord will bring unto us The ‘Egyptians’ we now see we will see them no more. The Lord will fight for us. We need only to be calm. These would be our testimonies in Jesus name.
Like Moses, it is time to raise our staff, which is our prayer and the word of God with prophetic declarations, and we must not relent in doing this. For the rest of us remaining the good Lord will help to grant us a lasting victory and peace in Jesus name.

We cannot but take this advantage to commiserate with the family of Rev. Lawan Andimi and all persons and families suffering religious persecutions across the length and breadth of the entire world. May the good Lord keep the souls of the departed in perfect rest, as we further pray that the Prince of peace come and take His dominion in all the challenged parts of the world.

Well as we cruise on the journey of the year 2020. We will continue to pray for peace, for progress and continued manifestation of the power and presence of God in our life.

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Julius Adegunna, a writer, and publisher of good news and reports. He is also a trainer in Writing and Publishing, a Media Consultant and an Entrepreneur. A 1987 Graduate of International Relations of the University of Ife, (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) with Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations, and Master in Communication Studies of Lagos State University. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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