Fight insurgents with spiritual backup – Bishop Dashe

Fight insurgents with spiritual backup – Bishop Dashe


Catholic bishop
of the Maiduguri Diocese,
Oliver Dashe has warned
that the war against Boko
Haram has a demonic
connotation, and can only
be won with spiritual back
up from prayers.

He warned Nigerians
that the war must be fought
both ways or else we may
have a prolonged torment
ahead within the local and
foreign theatre.

His words: “the President
Muhammad Buhari has
given a physical approach
which we all appreciate but
I tell you this is a war that
must be won on our knees
for us to appreciate the
gains further.

“We are all aware that the
devil is trying to reverse
the gains so far made
by soldiers with a lot of
complications but we are
certain the Lord will not
allow that only if we call
upon his name as a group
loyal to Him and allow him
to overthrow the powers of
darkness battling against
us as a country.”

According to the man
of God, an end to the
rumblings in the Sambisa
is near but it can only
be made a reality if the
political leaders join the
rest of Nigerians in praying
every hour of each day
that the Lord will shorten
the “boastful rants” of the
insurgents whether they are backed by ISIL or not.

Dashe, who was in the
Christian Association
of Nigeria, CAN, centre
recently to felicitate with
the Internally Displaced
Persons, IDP’s, called on
them to spend each day
asking heaven to stop the
insurgency war going on in
the north east theatre.

He said that about 30,000
Catholic insurgents are
supported by the Catholic
Church in Zameh in
Cameroon while lots of
others are scattered around
the diocese which stretches
across into a major chunk of
Adamawa State.

Meanwhile, State
Pentacostal Forum of
Nigeria, PFN, Chair,
Bishop William Naga has
been sworn-in as the new
chair of CAN Borno State

Addressing newsmen
after taking over the
mantle of leadership from
Rev. Titus Pona recently,
the new chair called for
more prayers to avert the
sufferings Christians are
going through.

He regretted that
Christians are traumatised
and dejected in and out of
the camps having suffered
so much human and
material losses within the
war theatre, adding that the
Borno State government
should however, be
commended for supporting
the body of Christ, at this
trying period.

Bishop Naga however,
called on the entire
Christendom in Nigeria to
see what is happening here
in the north east as their
war too, instead of keeping
quiet and watching like the
Egyptians admiring the
sufferings of the Isrealites
whom they share a common
humanity with in the bible.

Those sworn in also
with him were Rev.
Father John Bakeni as his
vice, secretary, Yohana
Buduwaza, Assistant
secretary Rev Achi Balat
and Isaac Madugba as the


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