Last Updated: 2012-08-09
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LAGOS, Aug 9 (NNN-PANA) -- In the wake of Monday night's killing of 19 worshippers at a pentecostal church in Okene, Nigeria's central Kogi state, the Prelate of the Anglican Church, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, has warned that the country is drifting to anarchy.

“At the rate we are going, the country is drifting fast into anarchy and if people now capitalise on that situation, it will degenerate to dog eat dog,'' the Prelate said in an interview published by the private Punch newspaper Wednesday.

“If dog eats dog, that is the end of the country. So for me, we go back to government whose responsibility it is constitutionally to provide defence for the people,” he said.

Archbishop Okoh also described the attack, which left many injured, as a ''damnable thing; it is evil''.

On Monday night, gunmen invaded the premises of the Deeper Life Bible Church in the town, switched off the power generator so the church was thrown into darkness and opened fire on members who were attending the weekly Monday bible study.

The following day, gunmen killed two soldiers in another attack also in Okene, forcing the state government to impose a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the town and deploy security agents to places of worship.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, even though fingers are pointing at the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram, which has been targeting Christians and churches in its campaign of terror that started in 2009.

Boko Haram, which means Western education is sin in the local Hausa language, has said it is bent on creating an Islamic state in Nigeria, a secular nation of 160 million people. -- NNN-PANA