Presiding Pastor, Christ Foundation Miracle International Chapel, Lagos, Prophet Josiah Chukwuma Onuoha, in this chat with LANRE ODUKOYA, lamented that it would be difficult for any Nigerian president to have a superlative performance except the country experiences spiritual liberation. He maintained that unless the three major tribes re-established a jettisoned treaty and come together to break a particular covenant, Nigerians may continue to lament over poor governance. Excerpts…
Many people have accused President Muhammadu Buhari of underperformance, blaming sundry inadequacies on him. Do you think the president is really the problem?
The overwhelming problem of Nigeria is not about Muhammadu Buhari, it is not physical or human but spiritual. I have said it before that God told me that Nigeria is suffering from effects of violation of a covenant that was established at our independence by three Nigeria’s pioneer leaders; one from each of the major ethic tribe- Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba. They established the pact over a bottle of wine and agreed to remain as one nation. But along the line, one of them violated the agreement and they did nothing about it, probably because they did not know the grave spiritual implication of violation.
The covenant was done in a unanimous, peaceful, brotherly manner. That covenant affected the entire nation because the three men carried out the action on behalf of the entire citizenry. That is the main cause of Nigeria’s perennial setbacks and sluggishness. The Lord also told me that some of our current elders are aware of that covenant, which He said was done in good fate at the time.
What has spirituality got to do with governance?
You can see how Nigerians have continued to lament over corruption, underperformance and activities of cabals. Government after government, life has continued to appear worse. The Lord revealed that unless the leaders of the three major ethnic groups agree to gather together to break that covenant, that no matter how beautiful the ideas and plans that successive Nigerian Presidents have, within months after they assume office, they would become overwhelmed by what they cannot decipher and they would never achieve much goals.
Are you saying Nigerians should not expect much from Buhari’s second term?
I told you that the problem of Nigeria is more spiritual than physical. A building cannot be firm if the foundation is bad. That is why the scripture says in Psalm 11:3 that; ‘when the foundation falls apart, there is nothing a good man can do’. Let me tell you, no Nigerian president has ever assumed office with the intention to destroy the country, underperform or be accused of not being in charge of government.
They usually assume office with determination, sparkling with beautiful ideas and work plans most times. Nigerian leaders will continue to lack the requisite grace to offer the much-desired optimum, people-oriented governance until the age-long covenant is broken.
When the foundation of a house is faulty, the entire structure is threatened. The foundation of Nigeria is faulty and the nation is threatened. But Nigeria’s breakthrough is not far off, if our leaders would do the right thing. It is like removing a cobweb or veil from the eyes or face so you can see. Nigeria is veiled by a spiritual cobweb occasioned by violation of the age-long covenant.
What do you think is the way forward?
The way forward is prayer! The first move is to break the age-long covenant.
Our leaders must declare a special national prayer day; where representativepriests and leaders from Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba – the three major ethnic groups that established the covenant – shall, under agreement, break the covenant through mutual proclamation. That is the only way to set Nigeria free. Without that, Nigeria will continue to foot-drag back and forth, under successive leaderships. Outside that, the Lord said that another way out is to allow a citizen from any of the minority-ethnic groups to lead the country; that that is the only way that this nation can experience some measure of peace, progress and prosperity, even though that option cannot be a lasting solution.
How would such prayer be conducted, since Nigeria is not a mono religious nation?
The Lord did not say that Christians or Muslims should pray but Nigerians! There are religious, political and traditional leaders in this country. Prayer is all about declaration of words. The message went thus: ‘Let Nigerians pray fervently! Let Nigerians pray! Let your people turn to me and pray for mercy. A lot of innocent blood has been shed carelessly and they are crying for vengeance, which will cause more havoc in the country when I answer. They must purge the innocent blood that has been wasted and their souls appeased.
Let Nigerians pray against looming famine in the manner that befell Egypt, let Nigerians pray for peace in this nation; let Christians, Muslims and all citizens pray fervently and sincerely to God for mercy. That is the only way out, the only way to tackle evil, and if they do not pray urgently, then evil will overwhelm the nation and nobody would be spared. I am angry with our rulers; I am angry with our country due to the high level of iniquity in the land. Nigeria, beware of imminent repercussions if you don’t pray.
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