Osinbajo: Killers in North East, Southern Kaduna, Are Evil
Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday, said Boko Haram terrorists and herdsmen murdering people in the North East and Southern Kaduna are evil.
Osinbajo, who stated this during the Inter-Denominational Church Service of the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, however charged the military to be more committed and dedicated in its constitutional role of safeguarding the country's territory, stating that, government was committed to ensuring that the dreams of the fallen heroes for their children were achieved.
He challenged both Christians and Muslims to remain firm and not allow perpetrators of the crimes achieve their aim of setting them against one another along religious and tribal lines, stressing that "when any Nigerian is killed, it is evil that has prevailed, it is darkness that prevailed.
"We must never be deceived by those who killed in the name of religion. No religion teaches the killing of the innocents. Anyone who kills another and said God is great is either insane or does not understand what he's saying. We are committed to ensuring that our fallen heroes especially dreams for their children are achieved," the Vice President reiterated.
Speaking further at the occasion attended by all the nation's service chiefs and head of all Para-military agencies, Osinbajo hailed the military over the various roles they have played at ensuring that Nigeria remained one, "especially the latest feat of defeating the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, urging its personnel not to rest in their oars.
He also assured that the federal government would not abandon the families, especially children of soldiers who paid supreme price to ensuring that Nigeria remains one indivisible entity.
Reading from the Book of Timothy, in the Holy Bible, the vice president observed that soldiers occupy a special place in the gospel of Christ, regretting that the military profession was one in which "saints are condemned."
"Soldiers occupy a special place in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The military profession is the only profession to which the saints are condemned.
"The only profession to which the body of Christ is compared. The body of Christ is not compared with doctors, with business men, with bankers. As a matter of fact, I am a lawyer and I know what the scripture says about lawyers.
"The two reasons why followers of Jesus Christ are described as soldiers: The first are the attributes that the soldiers have which are unity, brotherhood, loyalty, discipline and the most importantly, the willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice for the country."
He added that "the second reason why Christians are often compared with soldiers is the recognition that life itself is a warfare, that life is a war. It's a battle between good and evil and between light and darkness.
"It is only a fool that does not know that the physical is determined by the spiritual and that there's is not a physical manifestation of anything that has not been settled in the spirit.
"That every physical war has an underlined spiritual foundation. And so as we fight physical battle, we recognised that really, we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities against power, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual holds of wickedness in the heavenly place.
"Every war, every physical battle has a spiritual undertone. And so today, as we celebrate our fallen heroes, we do so with the wisdom of the scripture. First, that the physical battle that they fought for freedom, for justice and recently, against terrorism and hate are battles fought to ensure that good must prevail over evil. They are battles fought to ensure that light prevail over darkness."
He commended the military future over the defeat of Boko Haram, saying: "the victorious fight of our military against the evil ideology of Boko Haram is evidence of ascendancy of good over evil.
"Our men and women of the armed forces have been in the past years battled an ideology that supports killings of children on their birth, rape and abduction of women and young girls. Many of our men in the forces died in the North East.
"At some point, this evil had taken over 14 local governments in this country but the men whose wives are now widows, whose husbands are now widowers and children fatherless, gave their lives to take back these territories, removed darkness so that light could prevail."
Osinbajo said:"As we remember our departed military heroes, we also celebrate that attribute of brotherhood that the military has demonstrated in the history of the country.
"Against Boko Haram, they stood side by side, Christians, Muslims and men and women of other faith. They stood and still stand united from the North East, the South East, North West, the South West, the North Central and the South South.
"They are today in Southern Kaduna, Christians, Muslims and from every tribe and tongue in Nigeria. They are there to defeat hate, intolerance and terrorism.
"They are prepared again to lay down their lives to prove that this country belongs to all of us regardless of religion or ethnicity."
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