30th December, 2011
Bishop Andrew Owoyemi of World Evangelical Church, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, has called on Nigerians to desist from acts that could further threaten the peace of the country so as not to add to the calamities that has befallen it, while urging both the Christians and Muslims to see themselves as brothers.
Owoyemi made the call during a seminar organised by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos State on Christian Matters, at New Jerusalem Church, Ikorodu Road, Obanikoro, Lagos.
According to him, â€œIf there is any moment we need to further embrace ourselves and treat each other like one, it is now. It would be a blessing and of great advantage if all of us whether Moslems or Christians could come together and forge ahead as one, so that all the sons of Satan and enemy of progress that would want to use the difference in our mode of worship or religion to cause confusion among us would not have a chance. Whenever we act in such a united and affirmative voice, definitely the devil and its agents would not have a chance to cause any problem in our midstâ€, he said.
Speaking on the topic, â€œReligion, all about peace, we are children of Abrahamâ€, Owoyemi said we should look back and see where we have gone wrong, especially on bad leadership and corruption, adding that it is when we come together and act as one that the spirit of God would give us the clear voice on how the nationâ€™s challenges could be solved permanently. Let us come together, unite and collectively solve the nationâ€™s problem.â€
Senior Special Assistant to Governor of Lagos State on Christian Religious Matter (Female), Rev Mrs. Funmi Akitoye-Braimoh, enjoined Christians to come together and stop discriminating even among fellow human beings, saying that all religions irrespective of their mode of warship should tolerate each other.
She said itâ€™s unfortunate that our country that should be witnessing peace is in sorrow due to the activities of some undesirable elements and enemies of progress, adding that this would not stop the prophecy of God concerning this country.
Senior Special Assistant on Religious Matters (Male), Rev. Sam Ogedengbe, advised all Christians to come together and forget denominations so that all their voices would be heard as one.
He enjoined all Christian Non-Government Organisations to unite and pray for our leaders that God should give them wisdom, knowledge and understanding to lead us aright as well as instill the fear of God in them.