By Ojukwu Emmanuel Chiadikaobi
In a fiery response to the recent surge in insecurity and the tragic killings of traditional rulers, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), issued a stern warning during the church’s monthly Holy Ghost Service on February 3, 2024.
Declaring that the fire of God would consume those responsible for the abduction and murder of traditional rulers in Nigeria, Pastor Adeboye emphasized that anyone attempting to interfere with the country’s traditional leaders would not find peace. He asserted, “The fire of God will consume all those trying to mess around with our traditional rulers because, as far as God is concerned, traditional rulers are anointed.”
This statement comes in the wake of the tragic assassinations of the Onimojo of Imojo-Ekiti, Oba Olatunde Olusola, and the Elesun of Esun-Ekiti, Oba David Ogunsola, who were killed on Monday while returning from a meeting in Irele-Ekiti, Ekiti State. The coordinated attacks also resulted in the abduction of students and instructors, with the perpetrators making a comeback on Thursday.
Adding to the distressing incidents, the Koro of Olukoro, General Segun Aremu (retd), in the Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State, was killed in his palace, and his wife was abducted.
The nation is gripped by a rising wave of insecurity, as traditional rulers, who are considered pillars of local communities, become targets of violence. Pastor Adeboye’s strong condemnation reflects the deep concern and frustration felt by many Nigerians over the deteriorating security situation.
As the nation mourns the loss of revered leaders, there is a growing call for increased security measures and concerted efforts to address the root causes of insecurity. The events surrounding these tragic incidents serve as a stark reminder of the urgent need for comprehensive strategies to safeguard the lives and well-being of citizens across the country.