Nigerian Christian community urged to support BSN to achieve its goals
By GILBERT EKEZIE
The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) has urged churches in Nigeria and the entire Christian community in the country to take ownership of the society, calling for more support to meet the day-to-day running and purposes of the Bible Society.
The General Secretary/CEO, BSN, Pastor Samuel Sanusi said so when members of the Association of Christian Correspondents of Nigeria (ACCoN) paid him a courtesy at the Bible Guest House, Ilupeju Lagos on Friday.
He said the Nigerian churches which are supposed to be the father of BSN as every Christian’s baby, have not been helpful as expected.
Sanusi explained that the BSN plans to distribute three million copies of the Bible in 2022, despite the various economic challenges it faces. “People still have the mindset that BSN is a Christian NGO. “…the day-to-day running costs haven’t been like that. For the past five years, the business has operated at a loss.
According to him, BSN serves a special community that should understand its difficulties and challenges, stating that if the Bible Society of Nigeria were to stop producing Bibles in Nigeria today, the Bible would be beyond the reach of many average Nigerians.
Sanusi informed that since arriving on board, his main challenge was how to improve the welfare of the staff. “The Church can create a special vehicle to support BSN operations across the country. The place of the Bible in Nigeria has been relegated to the background”.
Regarding the economic realities faced in the day-to-day running of the BSN, Sanusi revealed that every mission agency in Nigeria is challenged. “BSN is bleeding and our operations today are backed by a loan, as one of our overseas partners has agreed to print for the company and it has been going on for seven years.”
Also, at the Christian Leaders Summit on March 10 on the theme: “The Holy Bible: Our Trusted Foundation for Maximizing Personal and National Well-Being.” Sanusi said the key is to educate leaders on the role of the Bible on the nation. “Two of the Summit’s four keynote speakers will come from the United States of America.”
The BSN General Secretary stressed the need for more support from the churches in Nigeria to do better. “If we add the cost of translation to the price; no one will own a bible in Nigeria. However, if the Church fails to support society, God will because our mission is to meet everyone’s needs in different forms.