By TERYIMA ANDREW
The Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN) has announced the demise of twelve clergymen who died in active service within the last seven months.
COCIN President Rev. Dachollom Datiri made the disclosure in an 8 page speeche at the 97th general church council, held at the headquarters of the denominations in Jos, Plateau state.
According to Rev. Datiri, 12 deaths occurred in different Regional Church Councils “between May and now, we have hard hit by death from among our members.”
Rev Dr. Datiri condoled with families of the deceased, even as he named the those who died to include late Rev. Kilobas David Kwamnyong, of RCC Ganawuri, Rev Lawrence Wupshak, RCC Dadinkowa, Rev Daniel Shermi RCC Gombe, Rev Davou Tyos of RCC BakinKogi, Rev Dung Datiri Gwong, RCC Fan, Rev Solomon Bummy, of RCC Kari.
Others are late Rev Yusuf Gizo, RCC Dadinkowa, Rev Zephaniah Sule Musa, of RCC Gwaza, Rev Tonwe Sale, of RCC Bwai, Rev Markus Gyang RCC Bakin Kogi, Rev Mrs. Ruth Hasana Nimtur RCC Kerang and Mrs. Rabo Barde of Richa.
On the state of the nation, the church query the high rate of insecurities, particularly kidnapping, armed robbery across the country.
COCIN president warned government to live up to it responsibility of protecting lives and property.
“I passionately call on government at all levels to remember the day of reckoning. They should bear in mind that this is their primary responsibility.”
On the fight against corruption by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration, the church said the fight against corruption has not yielded any positive result.
“The Buhari régime is losing the fight against corruption woefully, and one wonders if government is aware of this or not,” he asked.
Rev. Datiri expressed disappointment at the rate in which fellow clergymen do backstab one another.
“It is sad and very disturbing to contemplate the amount of hatred, bickering, segregation, tribalism, backstabbing and animosity that goes on among pastors in COCIN today, ordained and unordained.” He stated.