Exactly 10 years after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb laden car during an early morning church service at the Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN Headquarters Compound Church in Jos, Nigeria, the church has unveiled a memorial center.
The motive behind the memorial center according to the Senior Pastor of the Church, Rev. Dr. Sylvester Dachomo is to remember the goodness and protection of the Lord during the attack which left four members of the Church dead and several others injured.
Secretary of the Church, Dr. Esla Abene who spoke on behalf of the Headquarters Church while going down memory lane described the incident as “the saving grace of God” because the bomb exploded a few meters before the suicide bomber could reach the pillars of the church which would have claimed many casualties.
He said the incident also left 35 members with physical injuries, 50 cars destroyed and damages of varying degrees to surrounding buildings while some traumatized members of the church stopped attending worship at the Headquarters compound Church.
He however said the monument is not about celebrating those who died but about celebrating the salvation of the Lord because God delivered them from the hands of the terrorists who would have claimed thousands of the lives of worshippers who were in the church that fateful day.
President of the Church, Rev. Dr. Amos Mohzo while unveiling the monument which is cited just few meters away from the actual spot the bomb exploded said 10 years after the ugly incident, they are still alive to testify of the goodness of the Lord.
He appreciated the leadership of the Compound Church for erecting the monument to serve as a reminder of the goodness of the Lord to the younger generation who were not there during the incident.
Those killed in the Sunday, 26th February, 2012 attack are, Mr. Joseph Adamu, Miss Hajara Saidu, Miss Nenbam Wambutda and baby Rejoice and their names have been engraved on the testimony plaque at the memorial center.