Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has expressed joy over the release of the eight members of the church abducted in Kaduna.
On Thursday, Adeboye tweeted: “Today I got the exciting news that our brethren who were in the captivity of kidnappers have all been released and taken to the hospital for check-up and tests.
Glory be to Jesus. We pray for lasting peace in all troubled regions of the country in Jesus name.”
There were several replies to the General Overseer’s tweet, while some also expressed joy, some individuals indicated that the abducted were freed after a ransom was paid.
Tweeter user, FESTUS OGUN said: “Glad they are back. As much as we love to pray, I think it is important that we know that Nigeria’s insecurity challenges are not spiritual.”
“Woooooow the ransom was successfully paid, it’s all good Face with rolling eyes,” reads a tweet from Odun.
Another tweeter reply from Chinyere Stella states: “Ransom or no ransom, we return all glory to God for preserving their lives.”
Daily Independent reached one of the church’s Senior Pastors for comment, but he notified via text: “Can’t speak I’m in Church.”
Rev. John Hayab, Kaduna State Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in an exclusive chat told Daily Independent that rejoicing over the news would not stop it from tasking the government on doing the needful in securing Nigerians.
Hayab stated: “We are happy that at last our brothers, sisters and members are back home though they have been taken to hospital for medical attention and check-up we rejoice with RCCG and the immediate families.
“We are praying and hoping that this evil that is almost taken over our land will soon be over. As a church, we will continue to pray but also watch to avert future occurrences.
“Many lessons have been learned and we must avoid some mistakes that usually give room to this kind of problem. We will speak to ourselves and do what should be done.”
He added: “The Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State rejoices with these friends of ours and pray for quick recovery.
“We will not allow our rejoicing to stop us from appealing to Government and Security agencies to step up their role of making criminals be running always because at the moment criminals in Nigeria relax and strategising while we are busy issuing press statements.”