Leaders of Northern Region Assemblies of God Church, Nigeria have advocated dialogue among the churches to resolve the lingering conflicts in the region.
According to them, without dialogue where the warring factions will be encouraged to bury their differences, it would be difficult to achieve meaningful peace.
The Leaders from the 19 northern states said at a press briefing held in Jos that they were saddened by the leadership crises in the Church since 2013 adding that the Church exists to serve God and not to be served.
Presenting the position of the Leaders, the Chairman of the group, Rev. Baba Fada from Katsina District noted that the Church, established in 1934 to among other goals, promote fellowship among believers, is a peace loving movement whose position is that of reconciliation and peace.
He faulted the actions of the Rev. Chidi Okoroafor-led faction for carrying out a “coup” in the Church by forcefully removing the General Superintendent, Rev. Paul Emeka without due process as well as indiscriminately suspending Pastors loyal to Rev. Emeka and appealed to the faction to tow the path of peace for the good of the Church.
He decried the use of suspension as weapon of intimidation to force members to support the illegal removal of Rev. Emeka stating that “so far, over 300 members of the Church have been suspended but we are still interested in the Biblical principle of reconciliation.”
Rev Fada called on everyone especially members from the Northern region to remain calm and disregard any claim to a new leadership but remain loyal to the existing leadership of Rev. Paul Emeka.
According to him, “The Northern Region Leaders of Assemblies of God, Nigeria are deeply saddened by the leadership crisis which has engulfed our Church, we stand unequivocally behind the leadership of Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka as that is the true position as enshrined in the Church’s constitution.
“The process used in removing Rev. Prof. Emeka can be likened to a coup d’ etat as due process was not followed and we say NO to coup in the Church. In spite of intimidation, injustice and hatred, we are still interested in the Biblical principle of reconciliation.
“We call on the peace loving people, Pastors and all Church Boards and members of Assemblies of God, Nigeria, particularly the Northern Region to remain calm and disregard any claim to a new leadership but remain loyal to the existing leadership of Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka.”


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