Nigeria: God Will Intervene in Borno Crises - Bishop
Daily Independent (Lagos)
9 June 2011
Damaturu — Following the endless loss of lives, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, Rev. Oliver Dashe Doeme, has given assurance that the senseless killings of precious human beings and wanton destruction of property in Borno State and other parts of the country will soon be a thing of the past.
The bishop gave the assurance in his sermon at the installation ceremony of Rev. Fr. James John as parish priest of Damaturu pastoral area at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Damaturu.
He pointed out that the evil which has taken over Borno State would be conquered by the prayers of the faithful and intervention of God.
Doeme said the recent bomb blast that almost ended the life of one of the priests of the diocese was another act by godless individuals and groups that have resulted into killing Nigerians and fellow human beings like them.
For whatever reason, he said it was evil to kill human beings and also wicked to destroy private and individual property.
He prayed God to touch the hearts of those engaged in such wicked act for a change of heart, noting that the church has gone into serious prayers and declared fasting at the end of every month for the intervention of God.
Bishop Doeme expressed hope that people would see the wonder of God through prayers, urging for what he called quality prayer devoid of hate, sin and giving conditions to God as many Christians do.
He also said that the recent general elections were credible, authentic and fair while expressing the need for all Nigerians to rally round President Godluck Jonathan and other elected leaders for the country to progress.
The bishop during the mass confirmed 66 candidates with the sacrament of confirmation and administered the marriage of two couples with the sacrament of matrimony.
He later announced that the diocese would go into investment to raise funds for the promotion of the gospel and charitable activities within the diocese as he called on well-to-do individuals to join hands with the diocese to promote quality life, love and happiness.
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