The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor says Nigeria has not been able to win the war against Boko Haram insurgency due to pretense by some Nigerians and refusal to speak the truth.
“Nigeria is fighting against truth. We hate truth, we hide truth and we fear truth. It is so unfortunate. In John 8:32, Jesus said you shall know the truth and the truth will make you free,” Oritsejafor said at the Northern States Christian Elders Forum (NOSCEF) Traditional Rulers Conference 2014, in Abuja.
“Nigeria is not free because we are running away from truth. Truth can be bitter, but when you swallow it, when it gets inside, it could become sweet.
“No nation can grow or develop without embracing the truth. No matter how difficult it is. In the same John 8:46, Jesus said, ‘if what I have told you is the truth, then why do you refuse to believe me?’ This is the situation of Nigerians today, we are like Ostriches, we are a nation of pretenders.
“We wrote from the truth and we want to believe that somehow, our troubles will just vanish, but it never happened that way, because truth has a way of creating a level plain ground for everybody. Nigerians must face the truth, accept it, work with it, live by it, and must build a nation of truth,” the CAN president said.
On his part, the National Chairman of NOSCEF, Mr Olaiya Phillips, described the activities of Boko Haram in the North-East as an inferno engulfing the nation. He accused politicians of not having the interest of the people at heart.
“In recent months, many politicians have tried to claim that one political party or another is secretly using Boko Haram for their own ends. Providing them with weapons and finance; Yet not one piece of evidence has been forthcoming,” Phillips said.
“Accusations and denials have filled the newspapers, but these politicians not want to help our community. They just want our votes so that they can look after themselves. They feed on fear and gorge themselves on terror,” he said.