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Employ strategy to deal with insecurity, Anglican bishop tells FG


Bishop of Remo, Anglican Communion, Most Revd Michael Fape (left); Diocesan Bishop of Owo, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Stephen Fagbemi and others, at the 1st Session of the 13th Synod of Owo Diocese held at St. Patrick’s Anglican Church, Ijebu-Owo, Ondo State.

The Diocesan Bishop of Owo, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Stephen Fagbemi has called on the Federal Government to employ a strategy that will enable it deal with the issue of insecurity in the country. He lamented that so many lives had been wasted, while many harmless people have been attacked and killed without provocation, and yet there is no serious approach to tackling the issue.

He disclosed this while delivering his Bishop’s charge during the 1st Session of the 13th Synod, held at St. Patrick’s Anglican Church, Ijebu-Owo, Ondo State, with the theme: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” He noted that all kinds of evil have continued to manifest in Nigeria, including insecurity, which appears to defy solution. He said government should act decisively, without prejudice, and that a situation whereby any part of people’s land was ceded to Fulani herdsmen is insensitive and unacceptable.

Reminding Christians they could do all things through Christ, the Bishop said the challenge many Christians face is that they see every task as an insurmountable mountain, thereby undermining themselves and God’s power. He explained that though a person may appear physically small and weak, it does not mean that such a person is unable to achieve great things, especially if he is a Christian and has a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.

“He who is in us is greater than he that is in the world,” he said.The Bishop pointed out that Apostle made the statement in recognition of his frail human strength, which could not stand before that of the living God. So, he chose to submit to the higher power from which he eventually drew strength to preach the gospel. He said Paul’s personal encounter with Jesus enabled him to understand God’s greatness and recognised that there is no impossibility once God’s strength is available. Bishop Fagbemi said: “The human strength fails, and meets with impossibilities of various kinds. But, in God the case is different.”


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