Eminent cleric and founder of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo and the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) have warned Nigerians, especially the political class, against unguarded utterances and bloodletting in the country.
Oyedepo, in a satellite telecast of the church’s prayer session for the nation, monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja, yesterday, urged politicians to repent and have value for lives of citizens.
“Politicians be warned, whether in power or not in power. There is no day Nigeria will become an Islamic nation and this nation will remain one nation.
“Allow the Christians to go to church, allow the Muslims go to their mosque and let the traditional worshippers do their thing.
“God is giving Nigeria peace by all means, the peace of those promoting this wickedness, God is taking away, if they refuse to repent. Their supplies shall dry up because Nigeria shall not see war.”
He said every leader is just a caretaker and God remains the creator and owner of every Nation including Nigeria.
He added that Nigeria would have peace when they understand that God is in control of everything including the land.
“When a caretaker start behaving like a landlord, he will be removed. God is the permanent landlord of the earth.
“The God of heaven has given you authority and power. He has given you might and glory. Pride makes us think that we do not need God. Pride separates us from God. Nebuchadnezzar did not give credit to God, and God had enough.
“God had warned Nebuchadnezzar and had been very patient with him. But finally, the prophecy came true. All of the things that he was so proud of were taken away.
“Nebuchadnezzar had to eat grass just like the goats and cows! He was used to living in a grand palace, but now he had no shelter over his head; For 7 years, the great King Nebuchadnezzar lived out there in the wilderness like an animal.
“He lost his mind; he became crazy without God, he was helpless because he refused to listen to the warning from the Lord,” he said. According to Bishop, God’s dominion is everlasting to everlasting and His kingdom is from generation to generation. “Politicians are not extraordinary people, they
only have grace, if they don’t harken to this warning of the Lord they will suffer disgrace. “Too many arrogant foes, who pose to own this nation, be warned because the day of God’s judgement is here. “God enthrones kings and removes kings,” he added. The church had embarked on seven days prayer and fasting for the nation, which ended yesterday.
In a related development, JNI Secretary General, Khalid Aliyu, said in a statement issued in Kaduna, yesterday, that there were indications of political interests in recent civil disorders in parts of the country.
Aliyu condemned recent crisis in parts of Adamawa and Kaduna states, and also, noted that the problems were allowed to fester by government’s failure to properly punish the perpetrators.
“Government on the other hand, particularly the judiciary should dispense justice promptly and appropriately, as there are cries over the delay tactics within the system, which has given impetus to the recurring communal crisis in Nigeria.
“At will, people just take up arms to maim, kill and sometimes slaughter fellow human beings without any sober reflection, yet, government often looks the other
way on the alleged culprits. Something must be wrong with our psyche.”
The JNI scribe urged government to provide permanent security to protect motorists on major interstate highways who were being waylaid and killed in some identified communities whenever a crisis erupts.
“However, we are exasperated that, oftentimes, passersby are always soft targets in Nigeria and this allow for backlash. The Yola-Numan-Gombe Road and the Gonin Gora Road in Kaduna state (for the Abuja- Kaduna-Kano commuters), would have been blood-laden if not for the timely intervention of the respective state governments of Adamawa and Kaduna.
“The Federal Government, as well as the affected state governments, must therefore provide alternative routes or security strike force mounted at such places or relocate the troubled communities near the highways.
“The JNI calls for calm and restraint, as always, it also implores religious and/or clerics as well as traditional rulers to always take control of their constituencies and nip in the bud these recurring unfortunate incidences at their respective localities,” he stated.