Human and vehicular movement was today disrupted for more than three hours along oba adesida road in akure, the Ondo state capital as Christians converged to peacefully protest incessant killings of some of them in parts of the country.
This is even members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Ondo province 1 have marched round Akure the state capital to protest incessant killings of Christians and high level of insecurity in the country.
The RCCG members started the protest prayer walk immediately after the church service at the provincial headquarters, RCCG Glory tabernacle, Ijapo Estate, Akure singing different songs.
Armed with placards with different inscriptions, members of the church prayed as they marched through some streets in the state capital.
Some of the placards read, “We say no to Terrorism “, “Every life matters”, “All souls are precious to God.
The Pastor in Charge of RCCG, Ondo Province 1, pastor dele oyesola said the prayer is in line with the Directive from the General overseer of the Church, pastor Enoch Adeboye.
Pastor Dele Oyesola added that there is the need for government to do more to address kidnapping, banditry and unnecessary killings.
He said the level of insecurity requires more profound action by security agencies to restore the confidence of the people in the government.
Also speaking during the protest, pastor in charge of RCCG higher glory zone, Michael Gbala said Christians cannot longer folds their arms while being slaughtered in droves by armed bandits.
Meanwhile, Christians in Akure who cut across all churches and carried various placards and banners to condemn the killings walked from first baptist church oba Adesida road to converged on sacred heart cathedral church with songs and prayers .
They were led the chairman, Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Ondo state, Reverend John Oladapo and other clerics in the state capital.
Addressing the Christians, the catholic bishop of Ondo diocese , Bishop Jude Arogundade condemned the failure of the federal government to bring those behind killings in Nigeria to book.
This is the time for us to speak out clearly. If the government can no longer defend Christians in this country, we will defend ourselves.
The government has decided to arrest those protesting against the system rather than those who are destroying the system.
The government can not claim not to know those who are behind this killings. If they can no longer handle the security of this country , they should resign. That is what people of dignity do.
We have been told that those killing are from outside the country. So some people can just come into this country and go away and not a single one has been arrested ? We refuse to accept this. ”
He however prayed and commended the governor of Ondo state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for standing with the people in this challenging period.
Arogundade said “ we have heard him clearly and we know his heart that he wants to protect his people and we are here to support him and to support the authorities of our land who want to work hard to support the defendless .”
He also prayed for the families of those that have been affected by various killings.
The CAN chairman in Ondo state, Revd John Oladapo urged Christians to be more vigilant and be more security conscious so as to avert unnecessary security threats around them.