Most Rev. Oliver Dashe, the Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese, has urged Nigerians to offer prayers for the military to consolidate its successes in the current war against Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.
Dashe stated this at the inauguration of Patrons and Grand Patrons at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic Church at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri on Sunday.
He said, although, the military had recorded success in the operations, it needed spiritual help to crush the insurgents finally.
Dashe, however, said that the military needed to engage in constant prayers as the Boko Haram war required more that physical fighting.
“We are in the world that is full of evil forces. Infact Boko Hararm is an evil force that we are facing in the North East. “We know that the military is giving its best to see that it crush the demons,” he said.
“Since Boko Haram has been originated from Satan, the war against it cannot be won by physical fighting alone.
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“It also requires spiritual dimension, so we have decided to pray as a family for the total crushing of the Boko Haram and all other evil vices in the country.”
He also prayed for President Muhammadu Buhari, urging God to give the president the wisdom to administer the country in the right direction.
Dashe said that the military had made great sacrifice in the anti insurgency war resulting in many successes.
He specifically commended the GOC of the 7 division of the Nigerian Army Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu for his commitment in leading his troops to success.
“The GOC has shown great commitment in winning the war against the Boko Haram because he is ready to stake his life for peace to reign.
“This is what we call service to humanity,” he said.
The newsmen report that Ezugwu was inaugurated as the Grand Patron of the church during the event.
Three officers of the division were also inaugurated as patron of the church.
They included Col. Justin Ifeanyi, Col. John Medugu and Col. Oke Ogbole