Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah has called on Christians in Nigeria to rise up and live up to the expectation of their callings as followers of Christ.
The Bishop said the persistence of forces of darkness-banditry, Boko Haram, kidnap for ransom and other security challenges that have rendered many homeless and caused the death of several others is a wake-up call for all Christians to disperse the forces of darkness in the nation.
Bishop Kulah made this call shortly after the ordination Mass for the newly ordained five priests of the Sokoto Catholic Diocese held at the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral in Sokoto.
He described the security challenges facing the country as the forces of darkness which is not in line with the light of Christ
He said the appearance of the light of Christ chase out darkness and Christians as the representatives of Christ on earth are expected to shine and chase out the darkness in their surroundings.
He said though the federal government is not willing to mention and shame the sponsor of Boko Haram, citizens are now aware that sponsors of Boko Haram are Nigerian citizens working to destabilize the nation.
The Bishop said it is the responsibility of the government through the security agencies to ensure no trouble maker using whatever platform to destroy the nation is allowed to have his way.
Bishop Kukah said it is appalling and disheartening to see a large number of Nigerians, mostly children living in internally displaced person camps.
He said it is more worrisome to see all these happening when the nation is not at war with any nation or fighting a civil war.
The Bishop expressed satisfaction that despite the cloud of darkness in the nation, the church is moving forward and souls are harvested to the vineyard of the Lord Jesus Christ.