In the month of September this year, two major sad incidences occurred to the world Islamic community which is the ‘crane crash and the stampede’ that both took place at Mecca and the Jamrat Complex (Stoning site) in Mina, respectively at Saudi Arabia; this led to the death and injuries of hundreds of pilgrims that went for this year Hajj in the Holy Land. Coincidentally, the same month last year, on September 12th a building collapsed at the premises of the Synagogue, Church of all nations (SCOAN) Lagos, Nigeria which led to the death of visiting SCOAN pilgrims who were mostly South African nationals.
During the period of the unfortunate incident that took place at the SCOAN, different nations, leaders, groups, and religious bodies from all around the globe sent condolence messages and others even had to visit the Prophet to sympathize with the SCOAN family on the tragic building collapse. But during this period, it is worthy to note that no single word of condolence was sent from the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) nor did any representative of the association pay a visit to sympathize with the head Pastor of the SCOAN, Prophet TB Joshua.
Yet it beats our imagination when it was gathered by the media that the leadership of the same CAN, headed by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, sent a condolence to sympathize with the Islamic community on the recent crane crash and stampede that occurred in Saudi Arabia. The truth is that, there is nothing wrong for the leadership of CAN to sympathize or send a condolence message to the Islamic community, because the Holy Bible as clearly instructed us to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15), irrespective of religion, race etc. However, the question is “why did the same CAN leadership choose not to extend their heart of sympathy to a fellow Christian ministry that professes Jesus Christ, but rather chose to sympathize with the Islamic nation, Saudi Arabia with a contrary doctrine/ faith?” Irrespective of the fact that SCOAN and CAN are situated in the same nation, Nigeria.
The truth of it is that, till date the CAN leadership has chosen to remain mute on the September 12th incident at SCOAN, neither condolence message nor representative of the body had been sent to the SCOAN and this makes one to wonder if the leadership of CAN is pleased or displeased about the SCOAN tragedy. It is said that actions speak louder than voice; their actions so far has brought about this question; what could an apex Christian body as CAN hold against its ‘Christian’ brother and other brethren who were in one way or the other affected by the last year, September 12th tragic incident?
Looking at the stands of the ministry of SCOAN, having alleged that the building collapsed as a result of terror attack, isn’t it wise for the CAN leadership to get involved in the matter since it’s a body that supposed to stand and protect the interest of the Christian community in Nigeria? And also, Since the SCOAN tragedy seems to reveal that the entire Christian community in Nigeria is under a great threat, isn’t it wise for the CAN to be interested in ensuring that what happened to the SCOAN shouldn’t repeat itself in any other ministry in Nigeria as a way of taking proactive measures?
Now, where is the love in the church of Christ? Is this the kind of love Christ preached when he was on earth? This is sheer hypocrisy! At this point, we would love those with independent minds and persons of good heart to judge this action of CAN. Let the good Christians, Muslims and those of other faith in the world judge this. Is this action from CAN godly or ungodly? May God unite His Church…Amen!