As the world’s attention is now turned to the 250 Chibok school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, I cannot but help think about why no Nigerian pastor either in Nigeria, Britain or even in the US have spoken publicly about the issue. The awkward silence by Nigerian pastors betrays a fundamental issue here and that is the issue of justice. Why is it that we are more keen about our Gospel campaign meetings, conventions and conference more than speaking out on issues like this? There are many Nigerian pastors who lead a large congregation in Nigeria and Britain that mobilising them alone to do something will go a long way to make a difference. There are also many Nigerian pastors who are on Sky television or even own their own TV channel that could use it to speak out against this injustice. I know we are all praying about this but we must also act or speak out!
One of the pastors in Nigeria who has certainly condemned the apathy of the Nigerian Federal government on this matter is Pastor Tunde Bakare. Bakare is known for being outspoken on issues such as this. You can watch his criticism of the government here. It is also good to know that at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Holy Ghost service at Redemption City on Friday night, there were prayers said for the girls and the nation.
The #BringBackOurGirls has gone global to the extent that the president of the United States, Barack Obama has commented that the international community must now act against Boko Haram. David Cameron, UK Prime Minister has also given his support to the campaign to find the girls. One Nollywood (Nigerian) actress, Stella Damascus, has spoken out on the issue on you tube. It is now very encouraging to know that some key Nigerian pastors in the UK have expressed their sadness about the kidnapped girls. Among them are Pastor Agu Irukwe senior pastor of Jesus House in north London, Rev Yemi Adedeji, the director of One People Commission of the Evangelical Alliance, Dr Jonathan Oloyede, convener of the National Day of Prayer, Pastor Ade Amooba, co-founder of the Christian Victory Group, Rev David Shosanya, London Baptist Association (LBA) and Pastor Obafemi Omisade, national overseer of the New Covenant Church. Follow this link to read their comments http://www.eauk.org/current-affairs/news/call-to-pray-for-nigerian-girls.cfm
In addition, some Nigerian church leaders in the UK have joined forces to lead a mass prayer vigil. The prayer event scheduled for this coming Monday 19th May, 7-9pm will take place at Emmanuel Centre on Marsham Street in Central London. The prayer vigil is jointly organised by the National Day of Prayer, Christian Concern for our Nation, The Overseas Fellowship of Nigerian Christians and International Strategic Alliance Committee.