EYN President Challenges Govt over Rebuilding Worship Places
By Zakariya Musa
President of Ekkilisiyar ‘Yanuwa a Nijeriya (EYN), Rev. Joel S. Billi, has challenged the Federal Government to tell the world whether rebuilding churches is included in the planned rebuilding of the north east, devastated by the activities of terrorists.
He made this demand in an address at the EYN Annual Conference held at the EYN Headquarters, Kwarhi, Hong LGA, Adamawa State, recently.
While calling on the Adamawa and federal governments to expedite action toward rebuilding places of worship, houses and shops destroyed by Boko Haram, he posed these questions: “For how long are we going to wait? We are tied of fictitious promises which have not yielded fruits. Is Adamawa State excluded in the rebuilding of the North East? We also want to remind the Federal Government of her deliberate refusal to fix Kudzum, Dilchim and Shuwa bridge.”
He called on pastors and church workers to be faithful in the discharge of their duties adding: “We want faithfulness in preaching and teaching the word of God, faithfulness in handling church funds, properties entrusted to us, women and children, our assistant pastors and obeying our senior Pastors.”
Rev. Billi, expressed concern over the plight of Internally Displaced Persons scattered all over Nigeria, who were struggling to sustain themselves on a daily bases and called on the appropriate authorities to come to their aid strengthening their means of livelihood and building permanent houses for them in their villages or wherever they had decided to settle.
On the national security he said, “It is only in Nigeria that hundreds of school girls will be taken and no one cares. Hundreds of soldiers are killed and nothing is done.”
The theme for the 2019 synod was “Understanding the gravity of our Pastoral call” taken from Titus 1:16.
About one thousand serving and retired pastors from all over the EYN attended the five day event which included the introduction of newly ordained ministers, policy making, reports presentations and approvals of requests, among others.
It would be recalled that the EYN Headquarters was overrun by Boko Haram on October 29, 2014 which forced people to relocate from the North East region to various communities within and outside Nigeria while the headquarters was relocated to the Annex Headquarters in Jos until 2016 when the Church returned to its headquarters in Kwarhi, Hong LGA, Adamawa State.