The Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, has asked churches across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state to offer prayers for soldiers and other security agents fighting bandits across the state.
Specifically, the Commissioner also urged other faith based organisations to emulate the Living Faith Church, otherwise known as ‘Winners’ Chapel’ by offering prayers for the spiritual need of soldiers in the front line in the battle against banditry in the state.
Aruwan stated this during a Sunday Service to herald the 41st anniversary of the liberation mandate of Bishop David Oyedepo on May 2, 1981, held at the Winners Chapel, Barnawa, Kaduna on Sunday.
The Commissioner tasked all churches and other faith based organisations to play a critical role in the spiritual and physical development of the State and the country at large.
He also commended the Church for distributing relief materials to wounded soldiers and other victims of terror attacks hospitalized at military medical facility in the state.
The Commissioner said, “We are grateful to the church and we are happy. If you look at what is happening in our country today, it is multidimensional. And there is no approach that is little or less as far finding a solution that would enhance security and safety of lives in Kaduna and Nigeria in general.
“Religious leaders are not stakeholders that we can isolate in this fight against terrorism. They are critical stakeholders. Working towards the security of our state and country at large is not something to be left to security forces or government alone.
“Let us come together under one umbrella, Nigeria belongs to all of us. We should not all issues of sentiments, biases or prejudice to hamper our search for peace and security. What is clear to us as a people is that insecurity is a threat to us. What has happened today in Living Faith Church is what is expected of all religious leaders in the country.”
Earlier, the Resident Pastor of the Winners’ Chapel, Kaduna, Agi Emmanuel,had said the church initiated the programme,’Kaduna Pray’, against insecurity in the land, noting that kidnapping and other banditry activities would soon come to pass.
“St Gerald Hospital was identified because several civilians were sent there. 44 Reference Military Hospital was also identified to commemorate with the military victims of the banditary and other paramilitary,” the cleric said.
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