The president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC), the Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, has tasked the Nigerian government and the country's armed forces to make spirited efforts toward curtailing terror attacks on churches in the country by Boko Haram, the Islamic sect spearheading attacks against Christians.
Ayokunle made the call on Jan. 13 at an interdenominational church service held in Abuja to mark this year's Armed Forces Remembrance Day, at the National Christian Centre, in Abuja, Nigeria's federal capital city.
The Baptist president made the call just as news about the arrest of one the leaders of the Boko Haram was announced by the nation's security agencies in Abuja.
Boko Haram leader Hassan Pagi Bukar was arrested Jan. 12 in Abuja at the residence of a former member of Nigeria's lower chamber of the National Assembly, the House of Representatives.
Preaching on the theme: "Embracing the legacies of a worthy officer," Ayokunle quoted the biblical reference Luke 7: 1-10 and enumerated six attributes of the Roman centurion he believes are worthy of emulation by the Nigerian armed forces, including "love, fear of God, faith in God, humility, loyalty, and contribution to nation building."
"It is one thing to be given an opportunity to serve, and it is one to leave a legacy. All you in positions of authority in the country should know that you are called to serve and you owe the nation such a service," the Baptist leader told Nigerian President Jonathan and commanders of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the church.
"The centurion was an ambassador of Rome in Israel. Because of the love he has for his servant, he went out looking for Jesus. Soldiers should know that they do not have all the powers in the world as such powers belong to God. So, seek this from the Lord," Ayokunle told members of the Nigerian Armed forces.
Speaking on the legacy of love, the Baptist pastor urged commanders of the armed forces to: "Treat your subordinates with love. Show them love and do not abuse those serving you or in the community. Remember the story of Naaman, the Syrian soldier, who found the solution to his problem through his housemate, a person seen as not important."
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SOURCE: Charisma News