The Redeemed Christian Church of God has cursed Boko Haram, saying the group will be defeated before the end of the year.
The church’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Pastor Segun Adegbiji, said the church was concerned about the safety of its members and was increasing security measures around its parishes.
Adegbiji spoke on Wednesday at Redemption Camp in Ogun State, during a briefing on the church’s 63rd annual convention.
The convention, which is themed, ‘The All Sufficient God’, will hold from August 3 to 9, 2015.
While fielding questions from journalists on the recent killings of six members of the church by a suicide bomber in Potiskum, Yobe State, Adegbiji said the insurgents had gone beyond their boundary.
He said, “We are passionate about the safety of our members and indeed the safety of citizens of this country. We prayed against Ebola, that it should get out of this country and whether you believe it or not, God answered our prayers and it left. Boko Haram is a monster and it will be defeated this year.
“We are working on the security of our churches. If those people should attempt to do that next time, they will be in serious trouble.”
A member of the church’s traffic committee, Pastor Deji West, said the church’s new auditorium in Shimawa, Ogun State, was the biggest in the world.
He said the 3 kilometres by 3 km arena would take no fewer than 12 million congregants at a time.
He said, “The current structure we have is the biggest auditorium in the world because it will take about 12 million people at a time. In terms of naira and kobo of what it costs, I don’t have the figure right now.”
Responding to the issue of the perennial problem of traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway whenever the church had programmes, the head of the church’s international office, Mrs. Margret Boluwakole, said the church was not to blame.
She said, “Whenever there is traffic on the road, people always blame us. We wish to state that it is the poor state of the road that is causing traffic jam. We don’t hold congress on the road.
“Almost every Friday, there is traffic on that road. There are several portholes on Ojodu Berger and Ibafo ends of the road.
“In fact, we sometimes repair the road at the expense of the church and we don’t collect money from anybody. People should stop blaming the church.”