From: WOLE BALOGUN, ADO EKITI
General Overseer of The Word Bible Church, Pastor Julius Kumoluyi, has dissuaded Christians in the country from taking up arms against their brothers of the Islamic faith or herdsmen, saying the weapons of Christians’ warfare are not carnal.
Kumoluyi, who pastors over 10,000 congregation with branches across the world, said only fasting and prayers could solve the perennial problems of insurgency, leading to killings of Muslims and Christians in the country.
He tasked Christian clerics to rise to the occasion by ensuring a return to “the God-given weapon which we have neglected. Our weapon is not physical, but spiritual – fasting and prayer”
He further said: lWhy don’t we call on God? Why don’t we come together to pray? If Christians resort to carrying of arms to fight, we will kill ourselves unnecessarily. The nation will be in disarray and there will be no peace and tranquility in the country,” he said.
He, hoever, condemned killings in the guise of religion,while advising clerics of the two faiths to pray and preach the truth to the adherents.
He continued, “Moslem and Christian clerics should pray and preach the right message to their followers including making them realize that killing cannot solve our problems. Let the people know the true word of God which will put them on the right path.
“If Moslem clerics preach the right thing, there will be no reason for followers to kill Christians. If Christian clerics preach the right thing, there will be no reason for followers to kill Moslems, then the nation will be at peace,” the cleric said.
He said the perennial challenges in the nation’s political system have made it imperative for the nation to understudy advanced and successful democracies.
The cleric advised the nation’s leaders to consider inviting delegations comprising experts, technocrats and statesmen from countries with advanced democracies to share their experiences for Nigeria to learn from.
The cleric, who spoke at the Ondo and Ekiti State headquarters of the Church at Igbara Odo Ekiti, during the ongoing February edition of the monthly three-day prayer meeting, said such summits on constant basis would shape the Nigerian experience and as well grow its democracy.