EYN church loses eight pastors, over 8000 members to Boko Haram in Northeast
The Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN) also known as Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, has said it lost more than 8,370 members, including eight Pastors, to the Boko Haram Insurgency in the North East.
EYN President, Joel Billi, who gave the statistics on Thursday, at the World News Conference, organised by the Dominion, in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, said 25,000 members of the Church were currently taking refuge in neighbouring Cameroun, while more than 700,000 were in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
Mr Billi said the purpose of the news conference was to review and highlight the effects of insurgency and the state of the nation, on the Church’s activities.
The president regretted that the activities of the terrorists had affected more than 1.5 million members, and caused huge damages to the denomination’s places of worship in the North East region.
“It could be recalled that EYN has lost over 8,370 members and eight pastors with the numbers increasing on a daily basis.
“Over 700,000 members are displaced and about 25, 000 are currently taking refuge in Cameroon and Chad Republics.
“About 300 of the 586 churches have been either burnt or destroyed with an uncountable number of houses belonging to our members looted or burnt too,” Mr Billi said.
He further explained that only seven, out of the 60 District Church Councils, were not directly affected by the insurgency.
On abduction, he stated that many of their members were abducted by the insurgents, with 217 out of the abducted 276 Chibok school girls belonging to the EYN.
He said the EYN is the single Christian Denomination that is worse hit by activities of the Boko Haram terrorists.
On the fight against the insurgency, the EYN president commended the renewed zeal by the military and other security agents, in tackling the menace.
He however, called on the federal government and the state governments of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, to as a matter of urgency, rescue the remaining abducted Chibok school girls and reunite them safely with their families.
“I also call with a loud voice, on the federal government, under President Muhammadu Buhari, to rescue Leah Sharibu, Alice Loksha, and hundreds of others abducted by the Boko Haram,” he stated.
He lamented that there were still several villages and communities that had been deserted by their inhabitants due to continuous attacks by Boko Haram.
Mr Billi also urged the president, to as a matter of urgency, deploy at least a Battalion of military to the deserted areas behind the Gwoza Hills, to ensure the speedy return of the IDPs to their ancestral land.
“Government should immediately reconstruct and rehabilitate all houses, schools and worship places, destroyed by the insurgents in the deserted villages, through the Northeast Development Commission.
“Government should also deploy more security personnel to volatile areas to mitigate further attacks.
“The federal government should equally marshal out plans to evacuate the over 47,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroonian Camps, back to their ancestral homes, by the end of 2020,” he said.
Mr Billi urged further urged the government to live up to its constitutional responsibility by putting a stop to the continuous killings, abductions, rape and all forms of criminality across the country.
He also called the attention of the government to activities of tribal militia, armed bandits and kidnappers terrorising Nigerian communities.
On the state of the nation, Mr Billi commended the federal government and the Presidential Task Force (PTF), on (COVID-19), for the proactive measures they had been taking in fighting the pandemic.
“We salute our front line health workers for putting their lives on the line for the generality of Nigerians.
“We sympathise with families who lost their loved ones, as a result of this global pandemic, and call on all Nigerians to adhere to safety protocols and guidelines so that the disease will be defeated” Mr Billi added. (NAN)
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