June 13, 2024


“We remain engaged in a continuous struggle against hunger, facing significant challenges on multiple fronts. Certainly, our intention is not to invite additional conflicts,” Mr. Adeboye addressed his congregation on Saturday. “Our aim is to emerge victorious in the battles we currently confront and to avoid new conflicts, whether they arise within our borders or beyond.”

The prominent religious leader’s statements were made in the aftermath of the directive from ECOWAS, which ordered its standby force to intervene in the Niger Republic, aiming to reinstate constitutional order following the military junta’s removal of President Mohammed Bazoum.

Various individuals, including senators from Northern Nigeria, had offered warnings to ECOWAS, led by Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu, advising against utilizing military force to address the military coup in the Niger Republic. They asserted that such actions could have repercussions for regions like Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, Yobe, Borno, Jigawa, and Zamfara, which share borders with the country.

In his sermon, Mr. Adeboye outlined the diverse forms of insecurity plaguing the nation and described how citizens grapple with apprehensions about the uncertain future. He emphasized the necessity for prayers to address the challenges faced by the country.

Reflecting on his own experiences during the Nigerian civil war, where the loss of life exceeded a million people, the cleric expressed his preference for peace over conflict. He shared, “We are already contending with various battles within Nigeria – battling against abductors, combating terrorists. Even today, there are areas in Nigeria where individuals retire to bed unsure if they’ll see the next morning.”

Continuing, he added, “Nigeria continues to require an abundance of prayers. While I might be considered young, I was near the frontlines during the civil war, not as a soldier, but as a resident in proximity to the conflict. What I witnessed has led me to the unequivocal choice of peace over war.”

During the meeting where ECOWAS took the decision to initiate military action in the Niger Republic, Mr. Tinubu remarked that the ongoing political turmoil posed a threat to the stability of Nigeria and other West African nations.

However, Nigerians have accused Mr. Tinubu of engaging in the conflict with Niger while Nigeria itself grapples with internal insecurity and a host of other issues.

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