The TIDE IS GATHERING
Preached on 11th maRch, 2012 At THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD ONITSHA By APOSTLE PETER ODOEMENA THE SON OF MAN (THE LAMINATED HUMAN BEING)“Truth has no substitute” © BRIDE OF CHRIST MINISTRY WORLD-WIDE
Whatever you call Me is what I am to you because I am a very big elephant. Your description of Me depends on the area you are touching Me. Any attack that is directed to Me is just like an attack that is directed to the wind. Believe it if you can…
—The Son of Man
(NO DECEPTION IS OF THE TRUTH VOL. 1)
God said that He will use a particular trouble to divert the attention of the entire world, and in the midst of the trouble the Bride will go away. Peradventure you have wandered away from home; this is the time for you to come home again.
For God earlier told us even in the Message titled “The State of The Nation” volume two that when you see all these things coming to pass in your own day, especially as it affect our own country Nigeria, know that your flight is near, even at your door step.
–SON OF MAN.
(YOUTH FORUM PG 27 VS 19 PG 29
we are waiting at the approved place
We thank God that we are still alive and marching on fine.
HOWEVER, as many as were ordained to salvation, who believed the truth of the gospel of Christ, they are settled and relaxed. There is no more room for doubt as to whether we have been saved from the wrath of God or not.
Events around us speak clearer than any other thing. If you read the newspapers, listen to your radio set and hear what people say, Wherever they are, they will get convinced more and more that the world is now on one side while Christ is on the other side with the handpicked minority.
It is now clearer than before that not all that attended the camp meeting AND heard it with the hearing of their ears the voice of the Son of Man saying “Son of Man, close the book and seal up the testimony,” were sealed in. some were sealed in while some were sealed out.
As the days passed by, your position becomes clearer to you as an individual. the same way My position becomes clearer to me as an individual. I will speak to you on that with time if not in this MESSAGE.
When you are listening to our foundational messages, be intelligent and wise enough to know the SEPARATING LINE between the Law and Grace. For we started with the Law and ended with Grace. We started with the Old Testament and ended with the New Testament as far as reading the scriptures are concerned.
However, concerning the Bridal Faith, where the Bible stopped was where we took off, using the contents of the Bible to establish your Faith, and then used PROPHETIC REVELATION to declare His mission on Earth. Thus, there is no salvation for the Gentiles that are still alive when the Ministry of the Son of Man appeared, who doubted and disbelieved Prophetic Revelation. For the Ministry of the Son of Man is purely a Prophetic Ministry, based on REVELATION. Because it is in the Prophetic Revelation that all the mysteries are made known to the elect only.
In the days of William Branham the Prophet, only a mystery was revealed. That is according to Revelation 10:7, when the Angel Messenger of the Seventh Church Age shall begin to sound, the mysteries of God should be finished. THE MYSTERY, THAT IS THE MYSTERY OF WHO HE IS. However, there are too many mysteries that are in God. Some of them are fathomable while some are unfathomable.
In the Son of Man, the totality, the fullness of the Godhead is revealed. On the other hand, the Prophet or the seventh messenger of the Seventh Church Age, the spirit was on Him in part not in full. He prophesied in part, he saw things in part, he evangelised in part, he thought in part; but when that (He) which is perfect comes that which is not perfect gives way. Try to understand this.
Moreover, there is no way anybody could understand the Prophetic Ministry, if he did not pass through the written Word. For the written Word introduces everybody to the Spoken Word. The Spoken Word Ministry uses the written Word as the reference point to clear the doubt that arises in the heart of the listener.
If you cannot understand where you are, there is a problem along the line. It goes to show you are not a part then. Jesus the Christ in His days said, “Why is it that you cannot understand my sayings? It is because you are not a part of me”. He that is of God heareth and understandeth God’s Word. He does not need a Prophet to begin to interpret, for he even knows the mind of God. Nobody polices him about for he is a part of God’s program. You are a part of God’s program if from the beginning of the world; you were a part of the Elohim.
What am I saying, If you are god—I believe all that came from God are gods—It behoVEs god to believe God. Whatever a snail produces must be a snail. Whatever a lizard produces must be a lizard.
No matter how the Goat tries to impersonate the life of a sheep, it is not a sheep. Though theY look alike, they have wools covering the body, they eat the same food, sojourn in the same environment, ownED by one person, THAT IS, He that owns the goat owns the sheep But there is a wide gap between the sheep and goat. They cannot inter-marry.
You can never see a ram mounting on top of NANNY GOAT (a she goat), impossible! Neither can you see a male goat mounting on top of a ewe (a female sheep), impossible! NEVERTHELESS, they lookED alike, Eat the same food, stay together; ownED by the same person But they are two distinct animals.
HENCE, DO NOT be carried away by your sitting down in this holy congregation, it is your right. Having stayed too long with the sHeep, the tendency is there for the goat to begin to act like a sheep but it is acquired character, it is not nature.
Everything about God is natural. nothing reveals God and His people more than nature. That is why Jesus Christ was accused of using nature to explain his teachings more than anything else. Yet, there can be counterfeit in everything; there can never be counterfeit in nature.
Thus, please when we are going through our foundational messages, I know you do not need a Prophet to begin to show you the separating line. If there is any statement there you cannot understand bear with Me. Clear it with your teachers they will tell you.
Do you know that it is only in this Faith, that the correct meaning, the divine meaning; the divine interpretation of what it takes to defile the temple of God is known ? It is only in this Faith, that the temple of God is being identified, and what it takes to defile that temple. Apart from this Bridal Faith, others have carnal knowledge, carnal interpretation of the temple of God and what it takes to defile the temple.
They think it is by a man lying with a woman or a woman lying with a man; is that fornication? No! It is only in this most holy Faith that it is known and believed that IT IS INJECTING FALSE DOCTRINE. The same way it is only in this Faith that fornication is understood scripturally, by revelation to be one million miles away from sexual intercourse.
Apart from this Faith, once you mention adultery or fornication, the mind of everybody will go to sexual affair. They are irrelevant to the matter. That is why, God has concluded all as fornicators. They might be wondering those that might be claiming to be pious and very righteous: “Since I was born, I have never done this. Never, far be it from me. Investigate me, I lie not.”
However, my dear, Esau do not lie with a woman. Let there be no fornicator among you like Esau who because of a morsel of bread sold his birth right. Can you imagine that Balaam introduced his own teaching which permitted the Moabites and Israelites to worship together? That act was regarded as fornication.
Your crossing over, your sitting down in any other Assembly, in any other congregation or clapping hands, or standing up or supporting in one form or the other, the rules and regulations, doctrines of another group outside the Bridal Faith makes you a fornicator.
When you hear that the whole world has committed fornication with the woman Jezebel, the great whore that has introduced fornication, you begin to imagine how the whole world could commit fornication with the woman Jezebel, the wife of Ahab. Nevertheless, by revelation God made it clear that it is the Roman Catholic Church that has accepted all these Tom, Dick and Harry and everything; and have become a cage of unclean birds.
Look at the people of God, by going back to the idols of their fathers, joining their fathers in bowing down before their shrine in observing the customs and traditions of their people, killing goat and cow on every tree, on every mountain; everywhere God regarded that as an adultery.
You might be thinking, “I am married to one wife; I never married another man’s wife. I have never married any woman whose husband is alive, I am living with my wife since I married her.” But you do not know that you have remarried to more than one hundred husbands and wives ignorantly by supporting something God hated from the beginning.
I wish to stress on these things as they are documented in the scriptures. If you go to the book of James, when James was trying to debunk them to set the Law aside, telling people that it is impossible for people to be saved by the deeds of the Law, he said, “Even if you do not tell lies, you do not do this. You do not marry one that is married to another man, and yet there is hatred in your heart; you are defiled”.
“I do not do this, I do not do that,” but you tell lies; it said, “Already you are guilty of all and stand to be utterly condemned before God.” You have to be very, very careful. That is why once marriage is mentioned, we try to know the foundation before we can subscribe to it. However, where you keep us in the dark, if the trouble starts tomorrow; blame yourself and not God.
In this Faith, there are too many things we cannot subscribe to. We will rather prefer to die than subscribe to them. Whatever might be your excuse, well, hold it tight. If He accepts it better, but I know He is not interested in your excuses. This Faith is a peculiar Faith. By this I just mention few things.
I cannot forget the words of our late Elder Nwosu when he was insulted in the fellowship at Isi-Alangwa for they were handling things unscripturally, thinking he was not aware. He stood up to challenge the Pastor, pointing him back to the right track.
Stubbornly, instead of accepting the wise counsel, he threatened the man by saying, “Do you know I have the right to excommunicate you from this Church?” He said, “Pastor, I know that very well, but Pastor do you know I have the right to walk away from this Church?” You are not in bondage.
That is why we tell you that this Faith is not a place where you will come and say, “Let them preach whatever they want to preach, I will believe the ones I want and throw the rest away. I will behave the way I want.” No!
It is not in this most holy Faith. This is why we tell you that if you feel we are deceiving you, or we are not holding on to the truth; take your bag and go away for you must worship with the people that believe what you believe so that when they say Amen you say Amen too.
From the beginning of this ministry, we have never solicited for anybody’s membership of this Faith. Even when we were very small in number, we have never ceased from excommunicating people and we will keep on excommunicating even until the dying minute.
If we are like others, we will be going from house to house soliciting people’s membership but woe unto us if we should try it.
When we are crying that we are too many. That is why the load is too heavy—very heavy. Amen.
IS YOUR NAME IN THAT BOOK THAT HAS BEEN CLOSED?
Let the Spirit That Was In Christ Be In Me.” This message was preached by Apostle Peter Odoemena on 18th December 1994 and was expressly dedicated to Apostle Peter Odoemena and not to the entire congregation. However, peradventure, what is good for Apostle Peter Odoemena, you feel is good for you, you can adopt it. Nevertheless, where you feel it is not good for you, you have the right to turn your back against it. It does not make you a sinner.
May God bless our brothers that have been working with me, encouraging me by bringing out all these messages! As many of us that are in this Faith from 1994, if we are really sincere from all our hearts, we can announce to the whole world that there is no contradiction in this Faith. That from the very beginning, God has never pampered this truth.
“The Bride of Christ in Preview,” page 11 verse 9: “...Change your heart; redirect your footstep to the part of honour and integrity. When you do that, if the Lord fails to bless you, hold Me responsible.”
Obey it, if Almighty God does not change your condition, hold Me responsible! In other words, you should blame yourself and not God, for God is ready to help. God is ready to answer your prayers, but the problem still lies in you. Do you know that unbelief to God’s Words is a sign of wickedness?
From the beginning, God has been hammering on unbelief through Prophets, through the Spoken Word and through the written Word. In addition, the reason why He appeared, displayed (revealed, showed) Himself was to banish unbelief. Yet people are still having unbelief.
“Nothing is as contagious as evil, that is why, evil spreads faster than good.”
Page 29, verse 13, “We are coming to the camp meeting based on individual conviction and decision. If you have grownups in your family, and they are not willing to come, do not persuade them or force them to come. Do not ever force them to come to the camp meeting for everybody is at liberty. They should try their liberty in Christ.”
Nobody is saved for coming to the meeting, the same way nobody is unsaved for not coming to the meeting.
When you heard “Son of Man, close the Book, seal up the testimony,” is your name in that Book? Is your name in that Book that has been closed? Is your testimony contained in that Book that was sealed up?
It is not enough to clap hands and rejoice, if you are not careful, you will be rejoicing over the salvation of others. This is the time you will know where you are, whether you are good or bad you must know where you are.
Page 26, “…Why is it so? It is because they are not having the same heartbeats. In appearance they look like one but spiritually they are divided. What is more, God is catching away a unique Body as an indivisible entity, bound together by God’s strong cord of Love.
Nothing is found there but perfect love. Note, not doctrine, not teaching, not uniform, what is found there is perfect LOVE, people that are knit together in one mind, in one heart, in one principle. These are people that are qualified to stay together without quarrelling, no back-biting, no finding fault for it is joy, joy, joy.”
Does it agree with the message of 1994? Any contradiction? No sir!
“We want to see the picture of the Bride in plain view. This camp meeting, I will call it the Bride of Christ in Preview.”
The foundation was laid on the 18th day of December, 1994. Moreover, without contradiction, that was the same thing God used in wrapping it up. The way it started was the way it ended. The same message He took off with, the same message closed it.
Page 39, verse 17, “…Rather you notice that when you make credit in mock, you will make A’s (alpha) in the real exam. However, today, with money you can buy A A’s—alpha everywhere. On the other hand, in practice it is F9, F9 (failure).”
Pure truth! How can you pass the mock and fail the main exam? You make credit in any subject during your mock examination; note that C it is A+. Moreover, if you dare make A in mock examination, get ready you are coming with aggregate 9, 10, 12 which is distinction.
During our days, if you have pass, you have passed actually; what is your grade? It is your division not how many subjects you passed. Did you make division one 1, 2 or 3?
“A brother presented Me a result with about eight (8) credits and two (2) B’s including English language; and I gave him a newspaper to read, what happened? Darkness fell. I turned to another page and said, “Read this one.” He said, “I have a problem with my eyes.” For over fifteen minutes, he was fumbling. Then I graciously asked him to go, called my last son, handed the newspaper over to him and then relaxed in my cushion; he gave Me what I needed.”
Something secondary school certificate holder could not read, a student that is only in JSS 1 read all.
HUMILITY OF THE HEART
“…God wantS to see whether we have been SUPPRESSING our feelings all these years, or a real change has takEN place in us. Remember that when any man is in Christ, he is a brand new individual within. Outside, he wears the look of the old person, But inside, a change has taken place.
That which he could not tolerate before, he can now tolerate. That which he was tolerating before, he will now reject, Because when a man embraces Christ, the new life is directly opposite the OLD life. That is the only way you can know that something different has takEN place in your life.”
The new life he now lives in Christ is directly opposite of the old life he was living before he embraced Christ. What if he has embraced Christ and continue in the old life? Is he not a liar? He is a liar! A hypocrite, pure counterfeit.
If you do not know what you were yesterday, you will not know when a change has taken place in your life. Truth is life! Truth has no substitute. There is nothing you can use to substitute for truth.
“If you do not know what you were yesterday, you are not going to know what you are today. If YOU DO not know what you were yesterday, you won’t know when a change has takEN place in your life.”
Note the word: to you that claim that you are in the Faith of Christ. Not the ones God knows that are in the Faith, no! It is one that claims that he or she is in the Faith. There is a great difference between one that claims and one that knows that he or she is in.
There is a great difference between a tenant and a landlord. The landlord protects his house from destruction, but the tenant vandalises it. The person that knows the worth of the building is the owner for he knows how much it took him to construct it. Hence, he protects his house from demolition or vandalization, but the tenant is only talking that he is paying money every month. If the landlord will come, he will say, “Do not disturb me I am paying you.”
How much are you paying him? Can that your rent afford to make a foundation? Then if the landlord is a man, he will give him quit notice, and eject him immediately. Sometimes forcefully, use thugs in pulling him out to save his property.
In this Faith, there are landlords, there are real owners of the Faith and there are tenants of the Faith. Those that are vandalizing this Faith are tenants, they do not know the worth of the Faith; they do not know the value. Such people will say, “Abi I no dey come fellowship? Abi I no dey makes contribution?”
And so what? For that reason you think it is your right to behave anyhow, not in this Faith. The owner of the Faith will not allow you to behave anyhow. The Word of God must be enforced by force. The rules and regulations of the landlord must be enforced by force. Otherwise, his house will be vandalized by tenants.
Sometimes, he can hire a lawyer; hand the building over to a trusted lawyer who will use the law to deal with the tenants. The whole idea there is to protect his property from being vandalized. Yes! You must know what this Faith is all about! Some people place their lives for this Faith, while some are tenants.
Page 45, verse 10, “With humility, serve one another. With humility, serve each other. Humility goes beyond the Yoruba ways of prostrating before their elders, that one is a traditional one, a cultural way of salutation. Even to lie down, like Okey Oleri laid down when he went to his in-laws’ town to marry his wife, he was doing it traditionally for that is the traditional demand of the people of Owo in that Yoruba land. In other words, if you must marry their daughter, you must prostrate. ”
Like Brother Okey Oleri was lying down, prostrating in front of the elders in order to marry a wife. This humility we are talking about surpasses that one. That humility was imposed humility for he wanted to marry their daughter.
“HOWEVER, this humility we are talking about is the humility of the heart, born out of obedience to God’s word. What is more, it is not manufactured, it is not fabricated, it is not impersonated. DO NOT ever impersonate humility for You can change your voice to give the impression that you are humble, when you are violent. ”
It has come to pass, I am a witness. I have been hearing many voices over the phone talking to Me very softly, talking like angels when they are all lions and lionesses. You can change your voice; you can even make yourself to look like baby-face. You can even wear your dress giving the impression that another angel has appeared. No problem about that, God knows everything.
We are talking about the humility of the heart, lowliness of the heart which is generated as a result of your obedience to the Word of God and it becomes purely natural: A way of life, a habit that can never be taken away. However, if it is manufactured, if it is tutored; you know it can be tutored? It can be fully tutored into somebody by strict instruction, by threat, “If you do not do this I will take you away from my house. If you do not do it, this house will not accommodate both of us!”
In other words, you are putting it into somebody, but situation, condition must surely expose the person. If it is mere suppression of feelings, do not worry God will raise a condition or a situation where the thing can no longer be suppressed. Nevertheless, if it is a habit, if it has become a norm, a lifestyle nothing in this life or in the life to come can influence the person away.
Humility from God is very easy and it is peaceful all round. You cannot be peaceful and quarrelsome; the same way you cannot be peaceful and nagging. You cannot be peaceful and then having menacing eyes, flexing muscles and your mouth open to vomit venom and you are still in our midst. That one is impersonation of the true spirit, it does not last long.
…Do you know that nobody has an innocent face more than a criminal?
If a criminal is in this Church; it will take God to tell you: “You see this man, you see this woman with this innocent face, soft spoken, quiet in appearance; sometimes they can be silent but these people are hardened criminals.”
You do not know that your quietness means understudying everybody, understudying the situation so that they will know how to strike. That is why St. Paul said, “Such people have crept into our midst unawares having only but one aim: to spy into our liberty in Christ that they might bring us back to bondage. They are looking for our weak point, our weaknesses so that they can strike. Be on the alert everybody.
“You know I am a criminologist. There is no area of criminality, which I do not know. No matter how you want to hide it, it will take Me only two minutes of interaction with you, and I will tell you that you are a criminal. I tell you that, verify it, you are a criminal. Others may doubt Me, but you know that what I told you is truth.”
There was one I mentioned his name before the Elders recently, he is in the Church in this congregation but a hardened criminal. The parents know he is a criminal. However, if I present him here, all of you will vote for him to be a pastor of this fellowship. He is even here now; I mentioned his name because those people that were with me have already build great confidence in him, thinking he is one of us.
What is more, I gave them reasons why they should runaway. We feed many of them in our homes, give them food, give them money, give them drink; even offer them opportunity to pass a night with us. We know them very well. By the time they will be striking, they will think they are taking us unawares; they do not know we had already known them from the first day.
We nurture them so that time will vindicate our conscience. No more, no less. If we should stop them immediately, people might be calling us wicked people. However, we give them all that they wanted, we allow them enough time.
William Branham said, “A make believer is the last person that will leave the congregation,” for he endures rebuke, he endures chastisement, he endures suffering, he does everything to convince people that he is one of them; but he is not.
He said that it is like those tiny stones you find in the rice, while picking the stone from the rice your eyes cannot see them. You wash with cold water, they are still there. Wash with hot water, you cannot see them they will escape. However, your teeth will find them out for the taste of the pudding is in the eating.
Look at all the places it jumped, jumped selection with human eyes. Sometimes with eyeglasses, you cannot get them. Jumped being washed by cold water, jumped being washed by hot water also. Wash it hundred times they are there, but while eating your teeth will catch the stones. You will say, “So this thing travelled long distance!”
Any way you pour the whole thing out as you say, “this stone is very stubborn. I am using it as illustration, the individuals knows themselves. Anything can tell lies, not your conscience. Anything can deceive you, not your conscience. As I have explained it now, they know that I know them. The same way they know me, I know their mission. I know them even more than they know themselves.
… That is why people run away from Me. They do not come near Me because they know that their ways are not straightforward”.
Note, that is why they run away from Me. They avoid Me as if they are avoiding death for they know I know everything around them. If the Son of Man is avoiding you, find out why? If He finds it difficult to answer your call, find out why? Do not ask me why but find out why? The answer is in your heart. If he offers you drink and you are reluctant to come to take the drink, find out why? But there are people that drink freely.
“In addition, there is no way you can come to the Light without being exposed. Running away is not the remedy, rather change your heart, change your mind and you will be made acceptable unto God. ”.
Running away is not the remedy, rather change your mind; change your heart the door will open for you. Amen.
the essence of our gathering
The Bride of Christ in Preview” page 46, verse 14, “...
Do not present before Me, the Son of Man; do not present before your fellow brethren an innocent face with a wicked heart. Go to the message titled “A True Heart” preached by Apostle Kelechi many, many years ago. Another message titled, “What Is the Hope of a Hypocrite?” Handled by Apostle Kelechi, endorsed by the Son of Man.
“A True Heart,” “What Is The Hope Of A Hypocrite?” Everything a hypocrite gains in this Faith through hypocrisy, the message said he must vomit all. At the end, he must vomit all. And he will only regrettably beat his heart with pains and sorrow at the end when there will be no more remedy.
… what God wants to prove in the Bride, whether our hearts are as innocent as our faces”.
Any day this revival we had in the last camp meeting dies in any individual, he is dead, she is dead, that family is dead, the congregation is dead. Lift it up higher and higher for no man can live a life higher than his doctrine. This is the standard God set for us to maintain in all the congregation of the children of God worldwide. No more, no less.
“Note it very well, the moment there is disagreement in the heart, there must be disagreement in the flesh”.
You can never agree spiritually and disagree with me physically. Impossible! Are we not human beings with spirit? We are! Think about it. Before somebody will reject you physically, he has rejected you spiritually. Once there is a spiritual clash, there must be a physical clash. “Serving the Lord is a vocation”. Serving the Lord is what? Vocation. And occupation!
…Moreover, unless you are called, you have no right to force yourself into it”.
If you are not employed in a company, can you answer a worker there? No! Can you go there at the end of the month to collect salary? No! Unless you are called to vocation, you have no right to impose yourself on that vocation.
“With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;”
… Note, if there is no examination, how can the teacher assess the performances of the students? Is there any other way of assessing their performances if not through examination? What is more, this one is going to be a compulsory general examination.
We have been having our mid-term tests, our class tests according to Local Assemblies. However, God is gathering the whole Local Assemblies together, to test our maturity. ”
There is nothing God never used and there is nothing He will never use to drive His message down. Students can understand what it takes to take mid-term test, mock examination in preparatory for the main examination that involves everybody.
“This is a practical test that must be devoid of anything counterfeit. Of course, you know you cannot impersonate the things of God, for I will surely catch you. You do not need to suppress your feelings; you do not need to begin to manufacture it. If it is not your nature, it is not your nature. If the Holy Spirit is not in there, it is not there. We want to know those that have the TRUE TOKEN.”
We want to know those that have the True Token. Thus, the true token also appeared there.
the essence of our gathering is to know those that have the true token and those that are parading with the false token.
“We have been taught all these years and this is the hour of presentation of the Bride”.
The hour of presentation of the Bride. You must know what is happening; this is the hour of presentation of the Bride. “The Bride, the Body of Christ is about to be handed over to the real Owner”.
It was foretold before the book was closed, the testimony sealed. Any contradiction with the message 18th December, 1994? No! No contradiction but there was a great misconception that time for we were infants. We were listening to the message with great fear; fear could not allow us to understand the message. Now we have known all things.
“…The Bride is about to be presented to the Owner, the Kingdom is about to be delivered into the hands of the Owner: “Father, this is the much I gathered from the Earth. From the zone where you posted me all these years, these are the number I gathered.” No more, no less.”
If you know your name is in the number say Amen! If you really know, if you are sure and certain, I am sure of my own. I do not know about you. If you know you are sure like the Son of Man is sure, say Amen and rejoice.
Because if you know you are sure, you say Amen by revelation. You are wearing cloth, don’t you know? This is what it takes to know your place. Judging from the Word, judging from the prophecy; judging from revelation you are there. No unbelief.
“Note, one Lord, one Faith, one baptism. Thus, the Body of Christ is one indivisible entity, unique and must be presented same as a unique entity.”
“... Anywhere you go to; you are comfortable, more comfortable than you can feel while staying with your blood father and mother”.
More comfortable than staying with your biological brother, or father or relations. You cannot mix with your biological relations without being provoked, what you will get from them are provocations unless you compromise with them, peace will not be there. The only place you can find yourself and feel relaxed, feel happy, feel comforted every minute of the day is among your fellow brethren in Christ; they become everything to you if they are really brethren.
Of course, if the spirit of Christ is in you, anywhere you meet a counterfeit you must know. If you have a good currency, genuine, if you jam counterfeit, you will identify it. You compare the two, the texture is different. The appearance, different; everything about it is fake.
If I meet a fake brother and sister I know, we accommodate them anyhow so that their sins will find them out. Their sin will find them out; they will give themselves a name. This Faith is not for everybody, this Faith is for those that proceeded from the Fountain of Truth and the fountain of truth is Christ the creator of Heaven and Earth. He is the Fountain of Truth. If you do not proceed from the fountain of truth, you must feel uncomfortable with this truth.
“…If you have not come to a point where you are relaxed and happy with the brethren more than you enjoy with your heathen parents or relations, you are not saved. God must give you a portion with your heathen relations, for that is where you derive your happiness, your joy, your comfort, your relaxation. that is where you are going to be placed. ”
In other words, wherever a man derives his joy, his pleasure, his comfort; his relaxation that is where he is ordained to go. If it is from God and His people you will go there. If it is from the heathen, you will go there make no mistake about it.
No matter how you decree and shout, I drink my wine and make my heart merry because I know my status in Christ. It is immovable, it is incontrovertible. Many of you are freer with your heathen people and associate more than you are with brethren in this Faith. You know that what the Son of Man is saying is truth, and that puts a question mark to whatever you claim to be in this Faith.
You can deceive everybody but not God. When He speaks, your heart will faint. Even if He does not call your name, your heart must surely faint. Go back to the message titled “Convicted by Their Consciences” when God speaks, if you are on the guilty side and your conscience is still alive; it must prick you. However, if you are not on the guilty side, you are on the favourable side; you will feel like using your head to blow off the roof.
…Note it very well; people with similar identity must be packed in one place”.
Brother Sam Agu, take note. If you do not understand English call Brother IK to explain to you. People with identical characters must be packed on one side. Brother Emma Agu, take note also. All hypocrites will be packed where hypocrites are packed. That is what we are saying.
What is more, the Son of Man is saying from today, if a hypocrite dies, he will be buried by the hypocrites. If the hypocrite calls for a party, hypocrite people will attend the party. If a child of God dies, children of God will bury him. If a child of God calls for a party, it must take the children of God to attend the party.
I have already implemented it. Recently, I received a phone call from a young man by name Okechukwu who we picked all the way from the prison yard many, many years ago and nurtured him. Finally, he left for Owo. From Owo to Owena in Ondo State. Joined our brethren over there in fellowship and even became their pastor based on his numerous experiences he had in the Faith which started from the prison yard.
While he was with us there, he was faring very well for God was blessing him. The Lord even helped him to the point that he got abundant money through the sales of shoes and many other items. Immediately he got that money, he left the Faith and joined some groups from Ihiala residents in Owena.
They now enticed him and he used the whole money he had to go to a native doctor to make money by all means. He now went to make money rituals. He succeeded in getting a nice place; they collected the whole money he had, did all the rituals for him. When the time came for the money to be realised, they now commanded him to pay the last ritual. The thing became too much for him, he ran away and ran to his town, got married, intending to use the wife to pay the last ritual for there is nothing else he could do than to marry a wife who is supposedly to be the beneficiary and then offer her.
Unfortunately for him, the parents of the lady refused the lady from joining him in Ondo State saying that they were not sure of his occupation.
There at Iyi-owa the wife came, he was visiting the wife for he has two children. Because of that frustration, things became difficult; he came back and settled down in the East. From there, he came back to Onitsha, gave testimony and things like that before Me and some Elders. We pardoned him in love and accepted him.
Voluntarily I gave him 38 publications, free, to enable him to get acquainted with the present stage of the ministry; knowing how I picked him from the prison yard where he was serving a life sentence. He stayed after a while, he began to fellowship anytime he wanted. Anytime he came to fellowship, I was responsible for his transport fare to and fro.
Even I went further to give him money for feeding. I tried to establish him at Ihala, one day he came to Me with a flimsy excuse, that he was going back to Owena, that he has some transactions he initiated with some people and he will like to wind up and then come down finally.
I said, “My friend you are a liar. You told Me that your sister gave you money to establish a business at Ihala, and you have started. Why not nurture the business? I want to tell you that you did not start anything, you are going back to that place with that money to re-enact that thing again.” He denied. I said, “Okay, if you want to go, go.”
He went there; I did not hear anything about him again until one day, my phone rang, lo and behold it was the wife, telling me that Okechukwu was hospitalised at Nnewi Teaching Hospital. I asked her to come down, she came to fellowship, introduced herself to Me for I never knew her before. After which she told Me the whole story.
I could not share the bad news. I said, “I have heard.” I then commanded her to go back, summoned Pastor Thomas together with Brother Philip, gave them twenty thousand Naira to go and give to him as a help in the hospital, so that I will talk to him. They offered the help.
The following day he called and I then spoke to him for I called back, narrating everything and then asked him what happened? He then told me he fell down from a staircase while he was carrying a bucket of water and in the process hit his head on the bucket he was carrying on his hand. That the thing gave a little bulge and he never knew that the little bulge will result to tumour of the brain or forehead and things like that.
Before then he has been operated on the forehead twice. I asked him when it happened, he said it was the time he went back. I said, “No you are telling me lies. If you do not tell Me the truth you are dying.” He became quiet and I switched off my phone. A week later he called again. He said, “Daddy, I have to tell you the whole truth. You were right in what you told me, please just save my life and I will give the full testimony.
I said, “Try and give Me a little.” He opened up again saying, “Daddy, it has been that money of a thing. I came from a poor family; money put me in the prison. And I vowed a vow that when I came out I will stop at nothing until I become a millionaire.”
I said, “Okay, you will now be a millionaire in the grave.” He wept and wept. I said, “Okay take it easy send your wife to fellowship.” The wife came; I sat her down and then exposed everything. Commanded her to go back and tell the husband what I said and then begging him to tell the full confession to her and his relations because he was going to die.
The wife wept. While she was going, I gave her two thousand Naira for transportation. Then when they got to hospital, they handed their phone to their elder sister to talk to Me. The woman spoke, I could not see her face. We exchanged greetings, said, “Madam or miss, whichever you are, accept it. I want to declare our stand; your brother was our member until he departed.” She said that she was aware that she was a member of the family that discouraged him from that thing.
I said, “Okay, what was responsible for the injury he had on the head?” She replied, “My dear, up till now the whole people of Ihiala are still querying the injury and we are suspecting that he must have gone somewhere.”
I said, “Well he knows the truth. Before he left for that place, look at what he told me. I am talking to you because you do not mistake the money we gave to him. We gave the twenty thousand Naira compassionately as we have been doing to people irrespective of their faith who come to us for help, the same way we treated his wife who we knew not.
We never knew the wife until this matter came up, and she never knew us. It was an honest appeal as a result of friendship we had in time past, and we gave him twenty thousand Naira as help but that does not qualify him to be our member.
To crown it all, for the period he sojourned with us, both at Owena and down in the East at Ihiala; from all our books his name never appeared anywhere where he made contribution of one naira for anything in this Faith.
What is more, he never attended any burial or wedding ceremony or any activity or camp meeting organised by the Faith for one day. Over the years, I am saying that he is not our member for I know he will not come down from that bed.”
The woman switched off. In the evening, the wife called again. I could not answer that call because she opened up with tears. Then two days after, I got another call that Okechukwu died.
I said, “Yes I told you.” The wife ask what she will do. I said, “Go to your people and his people. I declared our stand before he died, I told him; I told everybody. He is not our corpse. Hence do not make the mistake of inviting us for we are not coming.”
Nevertheless, something prompted it now. It was the statement I made: If a deceiver dies, it will take a deceiver to bury the person. If a robber dies, is it not robbers that will bury the person? It is! If a child of God dies, it must take the children of God to bury him or her. When Stephen died, who buried him? The children of God. When Jezebel died, who buried her?
For the Word of God to come to pass through the mouth of Prophet Elijah, Jezebel died in the morning, before ten O’clock her body has been eaten up. Anybody Bakassi kills, will he be buried? No!
What am I saying, what if I did not talk to them while he was alive excluding himself from this Faith, they would have been holding us guilty. Remember what I said during the meeting: Henceforth, the Son of Man can never attend the burial of any hypocrite and will never permit the saints of God to do same. I am still putting you in remembrance.
Then the great question is, how do we know a hypocrite and who is not? Moreover, I would say by their fruit you shall know them. If I have the spirit of Christ, Brother Osegbo has the spirit of Christ he must accept me. Even if I am cripple, even if I am suffering from a dreaded disease, the worst sickness on Earth, Brother Osegbo cannot deny me. That is the time he will love me more.
However, if I do not have the spirit of Christ and he has it, even if I am the king of this world his heart will say no. he will prefer to die than to compromise with me so that I will feed him.
…Note it very well; people with similar identity must be packed in one place”.
If we are using one cup to drink water and wine; My heart will be pure, but if your heart is not pure there will be something that will be querying you. If you are being given wine in the cup, you will use hand to cover it.
If two brothers are walking along the road and one is busy looking back, don’t you know that he is afraid? The person he is going with, is that person his brother? No! Brother, “Come out let me close my door shows lack of trust.” Do you get the message?
He has something in mind. Truth gives life. We have it in our Fellowship hall, The Sword of Truth, the Sword of the Spirit can never depart from you. Amen.
The Bride of Christ in Preview,” page 58, verse 53, “The Law is carnal, wherever the Law is, all lawmakers will be there. However, Grace is spiritual; thus, we are of the grace of God who worship God spiritually, not giving any attention to the things of the flesh. We are packed one place. You are either on the side of Grace, or on the side of Law.”
If you believe it say Amen, Amen!
…Nobody can be neutral on this matter...”
Nobody can be neutral on this matter. Since the world began it has been the same Voice. The choice you make will determine where you will land and whatever you believe will be used in judging you. If you believe in the Law, you will be judged by the Law. You believe in Grace, you will be judged by Grace which is the Law of liberty.
“You must know your position before the D-day. If at the end you fail to make it, you will not ask why. For the ‘why’ will be answered by you”.
If at the end you fail to make it, you will not ask why. For the why will be answered by you. What locked you out is in you, you know it instantly. Let Me ask you a question: A young child went for jamb examination, studied very well and he was very brilliant and has it in mind that he will pass. He now went to where they were studying, their instructor now said that he should give him money that he should enter with his handset that they will send him the answers. He now agreed.
He got to the hall instead of writing that which he knows, he kept quiet, hold his pen in his hand waiting for the one that will come. That which was promised will come did not come until one minute to go, one minute to go the answer never came.
He now picked pen and mark wrong, wrong answers. What will be the fate of his result? Immediately he collected his result, he will be crying very badly. His parents will be saying no, no; no. his parent will be saying he did not study well, that is the reason why he failed. However, he himself knows that he studied, the reason why he did not pass is because he did not write what he studied. If he had used his brain to write what he studied, nothing will stop him from passing the exam.
Another jamb has come again. Whoever that does not know will fail it again.
…Nobody can be neutral on this matter; you must know your position before the D-day”.
You must know your position before the D-day. In our message titled “Strive to Be a Star?” God said, “A wise and industrious student passes his examination at home before he enters the examination hall. He is sure and certain, after preparing himself; no matter how the examination looks like, no matter what the examiner will say that the secret has been discovered for they will never set anything beyond their text books”.
I told you when we were doing sports, especially football, I cannot forget the experiences I had with my trainer in those days, particularly when we were playing the then B and T Spiders which later became Vasco Dagama of Enugu. They were nicknaming us “active footballers without winning any match” and that was what we were. No team ever plays better than Vasco Dagama in the midfield, but we were never winning any match.
Why? Our trainers did not train us to score, rather they trained us to entertain the fans. Thus we could beat anybody beatable in the field. There will be ovations and shout we could not realise that only goals win the match and not entertainment.
Only goals determine the winner. You can entertain your fans, and your opponent will be doing the scoring. Any slightest mistake, they will use it to beat the defenders and then the net will shake. The thing will come out again for you to begin to entertain everybody again. That was why when I noticed that useless style of football, I switched over to Flash Flamingos. That is, with chief Osakwe where I played one season and injury put me out of the pitch.
If not for injury, I would have proceeded and at the end I would have become a useless fellow. Nevertheless, I believe that injury was caused by God. It was God that caused the injury otherwise to make a U-turn; it will be hard. Moreover, the highest I would have attained is to become a local coach.
Stephen Keshi is now a local coach, Austin Eguavon, a local coach. Rasheed Yekini, a local coach. Kadiri Ikhana, a local coach. Sahiru Sadi, a local coach. Ayo, Ogunlana, a local coach. These were stars that featured with us that time. I would not have gone higher than that. Okorowanta, my mate, they appointed him a local coach in Benin.
… This is the period of self-examination; we are carrying out another form of review, mock test, hour of presentation of the Bride of Christ. After decorating the Bride, He will present her unto Himself as a glorious virgin not having spot or wrinkle or blemish.”
Cast your minds back to what happened on the D-day. If you have the tape, the video tape, please play them from now you will have another revelation. You see, whatever that transpired during the meeting, was predicted ahead of time. That a time came when Apostle Kelechi was invited to come and examine the flock, and I cannot forget the testimony of Brother IK Nwobodo when he identified with this Faith and that was in 1997.
The day we were cleaning the toilet, you came from Nkpor where Mary Ezichi was living. That time he jumped the prison, he was in the prison as a criminal. He jumped the prison at Nnewi and then ran to Nkpor from there he came to fellowship. I gave him one assurance: “If you abide in this Faith having told me the whole truth; God will make your case for you. It was a case between him and the Pastor where he was worshipping.
I gave him assurance that he will never go to court again until the man dies. The man has died and brother IK Nwobodo did not go to court again. Brother IK Nwobodo, any day you leave this Faith, that case must come up whether the man is alive or dead. That case must come up and you must go to prison.
For now, the Lord has imprisoned you. You see, he is now transferred from the prison of darkness to the prison of light. We are all prisoners of Christ. If you are not a prisoner of Christ; you are a criminal.
You see there are many wicked people in our midst, mere mentioning Pastor Dan because of what I just said now, it bounced back on Me: “Who knows what he has committed?” I was making the statement while I was going on the other side and I heard it from one of the pews. I will not mention the name of person that said it.
Pastor Dan did not commit any offence, he did not commit anything. Is Pastor the first person I have commanded to see Apostle Kelechi? Do I handle every case? There are some cases that are somehow and I will refer the person to go and see Apostle Kelechi. Why then do we have the vice-president?
Is it every case that President Jonathan handles? There are foreign missions which Ambassadors from foreign countries can bring, intending to see Mr President and the person will be referred to see the vice president that their case is in the vice-president’s office.
Is it every projects that Mr President commission? There are project that he may even assign to his personal assistant or to a minister or even a state governor to go and represent him. Let me make it clear to that person that Pastor Dan did not commit anything.
Note it, there is no thought, there is no statement, there is no feeling you are harbouring there without even saying it with your mouth; you muttered it with your heart, the Son of Man must magnet it.
Peter did not talk. Peter muttered it in his heart, Jesus Christ magnated it. You were calling Him Jesus the Christ, what magnated it was Christ in Jesus. If you want to know what I am saying, go back to the message titled “The Inner Voice,” for the thoughts of your heart speak loudest before the Throne of God than the voice of your mouth.
It is better to speak with your mouth than to speak with your heart. For what will condemn you is not what comes out of your mouth but what you harbour in your heart.
The Inner Voice, remember God said, “From time to time if you want to survive in this Faith till the end, go back to the message titled “The Inner Voice” for it is going to be a must for every individual in this Faith, a must for every family.
…unity of the body and of the spirit is what God is testing this time around. He wants to know whether we are united in the body and also in the spirit, for that is the only people God is taking home”.
People that are united in the spirit, united also in the body. When this two are united, then the character must be one for behind every character, there is always a spirit. “I do not want you to go home and start to manufacture anything, for you can’t fabricate it or call your children together; this is how we are going to act. You will become an actor. Do not act anything in the camp, allow the Holy Spirit to bear witness of the level of work, level of transformation, level of change that has taken place in your life. Which the credit will go to God and God alone”.
Remember, if it is not permanent, it is not from God. If it ended when the camp meeting ended, it is manufactured. However, if it continues after the camp meeting, it is permanent, it is from God. For whatever God does, it is eternal. Nothing can be added or subtracted from it. If you believe it say Amen.
“The Bride of Christ in Preview” page 66, verse 12: “… No other person will take the credit of melting you and remoulding you. Glory be to God.”
Nobody else takes the credit of melting you, remoulding you, filling and using you.
“You cannot be peaceful in the heart with a menacing look or harassing look, embarrassing look, intimidating look. Once you have peace in your heart, your eyes must be peaceful. It can never be filled with wrath again”.
“No more caustic remarks on each other: “Stupid, goat; that is what we know you people for, fool, drunkard.”
“Begin to examine yourself, let me begin to examine myself to know whether I am measuring up to the standard God has set for all that will be with Him eternally in Paradise.”
A standard God has set for all that will be with Him eternally which He can never lower down because of anybody. He does not accept bribe.
… These must be our standard. No cause of offence will be found there (PARADISE).”.
This must be our standard as many as are already in Him. Always be thankful. Do you know that many of you are not thankful? Many of you, even ministers are not thankful. Moreover, you think it is a good character. Always be thankful: “Oh, Brother I appreciate! Sister I appreciate.” Some of us in this Faith, heathens are more thankful than us. Some of us are not thankful in this Faith, we are ingrates.
“As long as God has found fault with it, it can never cross over. No fault will cross over. No fault will cross over, unless that fault is not revealed”.
Faults are revealed through the preaching of God’s Word. The only fault that will cross over is the one that is not revealed.
“…This person that will make you to hate your brother in Christ, and you know that your father is Devil, you know that your mother and your relations were hating the children of God, in other words, to them, God’s children will become Devil, become people that do not know God, children of God that are not useful, God will give you the portion where He gave your relations.”
When you join your relations, your heathen parents to hate the children of God, blaspheme them along side with your parents; still come to the Church and hide, God said you are deceiving yourself.
“It is very easy for us to believe that somebody is going to hell than to believe that our parents are going to hell”.
It is better say to people outside than your parents.
… How many of you in this Faith can be bold enough to stand before your father and mother and tell him or her, say, “Mama, I am telling it to your face because I don’t know what I can do to you again. You are going to Hellfire straightaway, for you are not a child of God”?
“I am number one that has done it. As far as this message is concerned, so far so good I wish to ask whether there is any noticeable contradiction with what we received in 1994? Any noticeable contradiction? None. In other words, it goes to confirm that there is constancy and continuity in the message or messages we have received so far.
We thank God for the ministers, we thank God for God Who has prepared them from the foundation of the world, knew ahead of time that He will use them in this last days when the entire world will be groping in utter darkness.
Re-examine yourself, do not rest or relax until you have completed the reading of this message in your family. By the time you finish reading the message, I am of the view that God will speak to you in a wonderful way.
Do not allow anybody to find fault with you, but find fault with yourself so that the correction will be very easy. If somebody faults you, you might be thinking that he hates you. HOWEVER, if you can fault yourself, correction is already made. Amen.
THE TIDE IS GATHERING
We want to get everybody acquainted with the developments in our country. Events from our news desk. Having furnished you with all spiritual blessings, I wish also to furnish you with useful information, all confirming the fulfilment of our Prophetic messages concerning our great nation, Nigeria.
The tide is gathering, the wind is blowing as it was in the year 1966, the wind is blowing again. All the reports are speaking the same thing. The paper I got on Thursday said, “We are going back to Aburi Again.” Another one said, “We Must Go Back to Aburi Declaration.” Another one says, “On Confederation We Stand.”
Whichever way they want to go, all will boil down to confirming the Voice of God that the Kola-nut with six indisputable lobes is about to break. Events as we have them from our news desk.
God said that if you must quote anything to back-up your statement or discussion with anybody on such volatile issue as we have them in our dailies, do not quote any other media report than newspaper which is verifiable. Do not quote television, do not quote radio; quote newspaper.
If you want Me to get a newspaper that was published in 1940, I will bring one for I know where to go and get a copy for information is stored somewhere. But ask me of the news that was relayed yesterday, I will tell you it is nowhere to be found. The best way of preservation of information remains the print media finish.
We will go through the national dailies whether they agree with predictions we have so far received in this Faith. For God said that our duty for now is to watch and wait as events unfold on a daily basis.
The AU mission to Somalia ended in futility. In spite of the peace move, the El-Shaabab, the Islamic group ceaselessly bombarded both Ethiopia and Kenya. They killed not less than sixty Ethiopian soldiers and they are ready to kill more. They have been bombarding Ethiopia and Kenya saying no going back.
In Syria it is on record that the peace moves by the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan ended in futility also. In spite of his move for cease fire, the rebels are saying no. Federal troops are still killing. Recently also, Israel incured the wrath of Palestine by bombing Gaza-Strip. Killing not less than forty soldiers. In retaliation Palestine killed too many Israeli soldiers.
Throughout 10th March, 2012 night, starting from 4:00pm Nigeria time till 11th March, 2012 morning; Israel received a heavy bombardment of rocket attacks from Palestine. For they have vowed a vow that they will no longer go to UN for anything peace talk or negotiation. Everything will now be settled in the battlefield. Iran is now ready for Israel and for America.
It is hopefully being expected that Israel will bombard Iran on or before 31st March this year or else, the Jews will be wiped off together with Allied Forces by Iran.
The stage is set. Everywhere there is trouble, we are not talking about Tsunami in Japan neither are we talking about the Typhoon wind that carried over three hundred people in America. We are not talking about the flood that carried over a thousand buildings and human beings in Indonesia and things like that. Neither are we talking about the battle between Kabila and the rebels in Congo Brazzaville. Even Congo Kinshasa, Congo Léopoldville they are all having problems right now.
Thus, there is trouble everywhere. Remember the case of Cote-d’Ivoire is still on. Our former President and Head Of State Obasanjo, ignited a fire he cannot quench in Senegal by going there to represent ECOWAS monitoring team by officiating in their so-called election which never produced any president till now. Who caused it? Obasanjo, for he wanted his friend who has been staying there for long to remain there and the people said no.
African leaders are bad, when they come to the throne; they can hardly step down it is unfortunate. Even Goodluck Jonathan is now working for eight years tenure. He has started amending the constitution of Nigeria to his own destruction. Note: to his own destruction.
Remember that I told everybody that the seat of Boko Haram is Sokoto, that Sokoto appears to be calm and quiet. Maintaining observant status that when the trouble starts in Sokoto; it will not calm down again for the whole thing will wind up in the Sokoto Caliphate which will engulf Gusau that is Zamfara and Kastina.
I mentioned these two prominent states and then Kebbi in Brinni-Kebbi. Although Kebbi is occupied by the so-called Christians, but there must be an emirate in Kebbi, so it is with Jos.
No matter the struggle, no matter how Yakubu Gowon and his co people will try to say no. Jos will soon become an Emirate like Kano. Simply underline these things.
It is a must. Right now the whole forces in Nigeria have come to believe that the head quarter of Boko Haram is now Sokoto. All the Emirs in Sokoto State are responsible. The white that were killed that is now a great roar over the world, they were kidnapped in Sokoto, killed in Sokoto.
Well, I will not be surprised—the young man who says he was Kabiru Sokoto, who was arrested in Maiduguri, he escaped in Abaji that is Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and was re-arrested again and up till now he is still maintaining his ground.
Have you wondered why nobody has been imprisoned for the role he played by Boko Haram? And nobody has ever been tried in the court; instead Nigeria is trying to negotiate with them. Why? In spite of the random killings, there is no personality of person they have not killed ranging from the Army to the Police.
Look at Niger Delta, recently, what an embarrassing report? That Niger Deltan militant lay ambush and wiped off not less than fifteen naval officers on board. They sank the ship that was carrying the naval policemen whose bodies have not been recovered till now. They even killed the chairman of JTF (Joint Task Force) in Bayelsa. The boys killed him and nothing happened. That is Nigeria.
Gombe, few days ago, they killed the DPO and four other police officers. Nothing happened, yet America is promising to be assisting Nigeria in security. What are they doing? Security is of the Lord. Why can’t they succeed? It is because the hand of God is behind it. The more they try, the more they are failing.
Remember what God said, the removal of fuel subsidy was so much in Nigeria. Almighty God spoke to all of us said, you see this fuel subsidy removal with its attendant trouble; that is just a minor thing. That very soon it will be over. Then the bombshell that will shatter this nation and shatter President Jonathan will come. It is no other thing but RESOURCE CONTROL. For Niger Delta can never live to see the North control their resources anymore.
That they will even resist President Jonathan because of this resource control. When nothing like that was on the scene, we were grappling with the problem of Boko Haram crisis and then the fuel subsidy removal. However, God saw something greater than that ahead and announced it to you. The nation knew nothing about it. Before your eyes, the problem of resource control appeared.
Who will speak and it will come to pass? Almighty God! Rapture is wrapped in the Spoken Word; it will also come out in a minor way. Simple way like that. Before your eyes the whole thing will happen. The fulfilment of any Prophetic statement brings you closest to the departure day. This is 2012, bear it in mind.
Excerpts: How North corners Nigeria’s oil wealth
Alhaji Mai Deribe, Cavendish Petroleum OML 110. Prince Nasiru Ado Bayero, Seplat/Platform, Asuokpu/Umutu Marginal Field. SAPETRO, T.Y.Danjuma, OPL 246. Okoro, Setu Fields, Rilwanu Lukman, OML 112. Amni International, Alhaji (Colonel) Sani Bello . Oriental Energy, Alhaji Mhammed Indimi, OML 115. Equity Energy, Alhaji Aliko Dangote,. Express Petroleum, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, OML 108. HE is a rebel, no doubt.
But the leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo insists that he is a rebel with a cause. “
Asari Dokubo was in Enugu yesterday with his delegation for Niger Delta and Middle-Belt. They joined hands with MASSOB to say last bye-bye to their friend and leader, late Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu. But that alliance between Niger Delta and Middle-Belt shouldn’t be taken seriously. I will tell you why, I will not talk about Niger Delta again. Time and event must vindicate me.
Excerpt continues: “In an interview with Sunday Compass, published on pages 13, 14 and 15 today, he expressed dismay that the wealth of Nigeria is not in the hands of the land owners, neither is it in real terms in the hands of the Federal Government.
The oil wealth, he said, is firmly in the hands of Northern leaders.
According to him, the unfair socio-political system that disallows Southern Nigerians to exercise ownership on Northern lands yet put southern lands in the hands of Northerners, must stop immediately.
He also argues that Northern leaders are the biggest enemies of their geo-political zone, going by the realization that their ownership of the vast oil wealth of the Niger Delta region has not resulted in good standards of living for Northerners.
He listed some of the Northerners who own and operate oil blocs in the Niger Delta while hundreds of thousands of the original landowners live in shacks at home and under bridges in Lagos State and other Nigerian state capitals.
When his opinion was sought about the recent arguments of Northern leaders that there is imbalance in the distribution of the nation’s wealth, with oil producing states receiving so much while Northern states get so little, he thundered: “We want 100 percent of our resources. Even the little that is going to them is very painful to us. The little that they said they are taking, it is terribly, terribly painful to us. We want them all, because it belongs to us. It does not belong to them.
On the argument about poverty in the North, he said: ‘This much no one disputes, the poverty has bred millions of destitutes, who have become instant and easy recruits for Boko-Haram. But the question is: Who impoverished the North? I want to posit that the core North through their aristocrats and ex-military rulers rake an enormous income from oil money from the Niger Delta individually, much more than any individual or group of individuals from the South, and collectively more than 10 times the entire Niger Delta business men in the oil and gas industry put together.’
Asari-Dokubo continued: ‘At least, estimated 75 percent of crude oil and gas produced by indigenous companies is controlled by the North. However, the loot never get back home. The very uneven nature of the distribution of the nation’s wealth (is) among the Northern aristocratic families and their military generals who for decades looted Nigeria. They did so blatantly, and while Nigeria was weeping about oil windfall loot and others, Nigerians would wail if they know how much of the nation’s resources these folks allocated to themselves and their business fronts before they stepped aside.’
Giving details of the ownership of the oil blocs, he said: ‘Cavendish Petroleum, the operators of OML 110 – with good yielding OBE field. This oil block was awarded to Alhaji Mai Deribe - the Borno patriarch, who even in death will remain the richest man dead or alive in the history of Borno state- by General Sani Abacha on the 8th of July, 1996. OML 110 has a proven oil reserve in excess of 500 million barrels, more than the entire 300 milliom barrels reserve of Sudan.
It has the capacity to produce about 120,000 barrels of crude oil daily from its OBE 4 and OBE 5 wells. At current production levels, the Mai Deribes net circa N4 billion monthly in crude oil sales, using oil price estimates of $100 per barrel.’
Asari-Dokubo continued: ‘Mai Deribe’s mansion, in allegedly poor Maiduguri is one of the most lavish mansions anywhere on Earth; it used to be a tourist attraction, before Boko Haram’s tourism deterrent activities. The Fulani Prince Nasiru Ado Bayero, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s cousin, is a key shareholder and director in Seplat/Platform Petroleum operators of the Asuokpu/Umutu Marginal Field with a capacity of 300,000 barrels monthly and A 30mmfcsd gas plant capable of feeding 100MT of LPG.
The Ado Bayeros, Yar’Aduas and Atiku Abubakar are Nigerian holders of Intels. It runs a private port that has grounded three federal ports in the South. Intels is discussed later. South Atlantic Petroleum Limited (SAPETRO). South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO) is a Nigerian Oil Exploration and Production Company that was created in 1995 by General T. Y. Danjuma, who is also Chairman of ENI Nigeria. General Sani Abacha awarded the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 246 to SAPETRO in February 1998.
The block covers a total area of 2,590km2 (1,000 sq. miles). SAPETRO partnered with Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd (TUPNI) and Brasoil Oil Services Company Nigeria Ltd (Petrobras) to start prospecting on OPL246. Akpo, a condensate field was discovered in April 2000 with the drilling of the first exploration well (Akpo 1) on the block. Other discoveries made on OPL 246 include the Egina Main, Egina South, Preowei and Kuro (Kuro was suspended as a dry gas/minor oil discovery).”
Note, know the names of the owners and where they come from and the quantity of oil they export on a daily basis.
Excerpts continues: “In June 2006, General TY Danjuma divested part of his contractor rights and obligations to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) for $1 billion (N160bn). Akpo exports about 230,000 barrels of condensate daily. Condensate export is not regulated by OPEC, so SAPETRO/TOTAL exports as much as possible each day.”
Note, this is a correct information from our news desk. This young man that brought this thing out was their agent. Remember he is a lawyer, although he did not graduate at UNN. It was because of trouble of Niger Delta that made him to pull out. He was already in his final year, his father was a chief judge. So he is not an ordinary fellow like that. And in religion, he is an Alhaji, well respected.
Remember he was among those that were trained by Babangida in Libya, Pakistan and Somalia on suicide bombing. Now, he has come out to die. He is now like Ojukwu speaking the mind of the people irrespective of his religion. He said that if he does not speak loud now; after eliminating his people they will eliminate him, his Faith notwithstanding.
He was the man that was representing their interest not knowing that they were struggling against his people. So he knows all these locations, he knows all their license numbers and everything. Nobody can doubt it, he published everything there. Nobody has ever challenged any of them. This was the money T.Y Danjuma said he didn’t know what to do with it; published in the newspaper that he has over 30 something, something trillion Naira which he does not know what to do with it.
Look at it, is it not stupidity? When we are languishing in abject poverty, abject deprivation and you are telling me as a retired General that you do not know what to do with excess money you have acquired from oil. Is he not crazy? He is a mad man. Give it to me and let the whole world watch me and know where I will employ the money.
I will use it to solve the problem of unemployment in Nigeria. At least face one geopolitical zone, create job for them by establishing industries and companies where they can be gainfully employed.
Give me half of the budget of any state and I will use it to solve the problem of unemployment in that state. They are swindling all these money abroad where the money are being used by foreign countries to develop their own countries, create jobs for their teeming youths while we are perishing here.
No sympathy for Esau, you will know the reason now. One that is betrayed by his father has no stand. If you are betrayed by your father; where do you run to? Our fathers have betrayed us, notably among them was Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, the same way Matthew Mbu of River State and the rest sold their people off.
Do you see the name of any Niger Delta own any oil firm? No Igbo man is there. An Igbo man is just representing the interest of an Hausa man, Abudusalami Abubakar and that is Okoro and Okoro”.
Excerpt continues: “Egina exports about 75,000 barrels of oil daily. Therefore, Akpo and Egina fields export just over 300,000 barrels of oil/condensate daily (three times what the country Ghana exports).”
Look at daily exportation. What they are doing daily. Any foreign currency that enters into their private account not central bank, not Nigeria money is their own money”.
Excerpt continues: “SAPETRO (TY Danjuma) get’s 25% of this. Now, note I have not talked about the gas component – it’s about 2.5 trillion cubic feet. The money SAPETRO nets each month is more than the monthly statutory allocation to any Nigerian state and also more than the oil revenue of Ghana. Do your maths.
Brethren we are in this Faith to enlighten you, furnish you with correct information. When you will be speaking, you will be speaking authoritatively. We are not in this Faith to fool anybody; you begin to see why we are not Nigerians. We are not Nigerians. Nigeria, the only country that an individual is richer than the country. One man richer than Nigeria.
Excerpt continues “The licenses are due to expire 11/02/2018 and 05/08/2019 respectively. The Okoro and Setu fields in OML 112 are operated by Afren Energy, a company substantially controlled by Rilwanu Lukman.
The Okoro and Setu oil fields have about 50 million barrels in reserve and currently produce/exports just a little below 20,000 barrels per day. The chairman of AMNI International Petroleum and Development Company is Alhaji (Colonel) Sani Bello a Fulani from Kontagora, Niger State.”
Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari means different things to different people. However, the former President of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), has remained consistent in the struggle for good governance, equity and fairness to all people and tribe.
When EMMANUEL ENYINNAYA APPOLOS met him during the week in Abuja, he spoke on some topical issues.
Last week, governors from the Northern part of Nigeria said the problems in the north stemed from poverty. They argued that the poverty in the North is as a result of poor revenue allocations to them.
Remember what God said in the message titled the “State Of The Nation” volume 2, this matter featured there. They are making noise over revenue sharing formula, but they should concern themselves with revenue generating formula. For you must produce cake before you begin to quotarise it?
Is revenue sharing formula the only thing they know? Didn’t they know that revenue must be produced before it is shared? Let them give us the formula for producing revenue.
They want the allocation shared equal to all the states in the country. Also, northern members in the National Assembly have joined their governors in the cry. In fact, they have said that they will frustrate the passage of the 2012 budget. Do you believe that revenue allocation formula should be reviewed as they want?
The Okoro and Setu fields in OML 112 are operated by Afren Energy, a company substantially controlled by Rilwanu Lukman. The Okoro and Setu oil fields have about 50 million barrels in reserve and currently produce/exports just a little below 20,000 barrels per day.
The chairman of AMNI International Petroleum and Development Company is Alhaji (Colonel) Sani Bello, a Fulani from Kontagora, Niger State. Lest I forget, Alhaji Bello’s son- Abu, is married to General Abdusalami Abubakar’s eldest daughter.
Oriental Energy Resources Limited, a company owned by Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, a close friend of General Ibrahim Babangida. Also worthy of note is that General IBB’s first son is married to Alhaji Mohammed Indimi’s daughter – Yakolo Indimi-Babangida, who also serves as a director in the company. Alhaji Indimi hails from Niger State.
Oriental Energy Resources Limited runs three oil blocks: OML 115, the Okwok field and the Ebok field. OML 115 and Okwok are OML PSC, while Ebok is an OML JV. All of them crown offshore oil blocks.
OML 115 on its own is 228 sq Km. On OML115 Oriental Energy Resources Limited has 60 per cent while Equity Energy Resources AS, which Alhaji Aliko Dangote’s oil and gas investment vehicle has 40 per cent (Aliko Dangote is from Kano). On Okwok, Addax has 40% and on the Ebok field, Oriental Energy Resources shares with none: its 100 per cent. AMNI produces twice as much as Cavendish Petroleum.
Express Petroleum and Gas Limited floated by Alhaji Aminu Dantata, solely for the purpose of fronting for winning oil block(s) even though he and the company are in no way qualified for the award. General Abacha awarded him OML 108 on the 1st of November, 1995.
CAMAC Houston, a company owned by Kase Lawal bought 2.5% of Express Petroleum’s 60% holdings. The other 40% on OML 108 is owned by Sheba E&P Limited, an IBB tributary company. SEPCOL operates the Ukpokiti offshore field in Shallow water Nigeria, which was acquired from ConocoPhillips in May 2004.
Shebah Exploration And Production Limited (SEPCOL) . It is the operator of the Oil Mining License 108 offshore Nigeria. Head office is in Lagos, but ‘head quartered’ in Minna.
Consolidated Oil. Conoil Producing Limited is an integrated upstream oil and gas company. They are the operator of six blocks in the Niger Delta as well as 25per cent equity holder in the Joint Development Zone (JDZ) Block 4. Corporate Head office is in Lagos, but its ‘Headquarters’ is in Minna, Niger State.
Conoil signed a technical operator agreement with Continental Oil and Gas Limited (CONOG) to provide 100 per cent funding and technical service agreement to operate blocks OML 59 on a 40 per cent (Conoil) / 60 per cent (CONOG) basis. Conoil entered into a Production Sharing Contract with the NNPC by virtue of an agreement executed on 17th October 2008.
Conoil’s has overall potential hydrocarbon resources of over 1.0 Billion Barrels of Oil and 7.0 Trillion Cubic Feet of Gas. General Ibrahim Babangida owns a substantial interest in Conoil held in blind trust; same arrangement in Globalcom awarded the first oil block to Conoil in 1991. The company produces about 100,000 barrels per day.
Rilwanu Lukman, another Fulani multimillionaire with fronted controlling holdings in Afren, the operators of AMNI oil blocks and also with very key interest in the NNPC/Vitol trading deal. Vitol is a London based oil trading company. Vitol lifts 350,000 barrels of crude oil daily from Nigeria.
Intels and the Yar’Adua , Ado Bayero family and Alhaji Abubakar Atiku. The Oil and Gas Free Zone and Oil Services Centres, as well as Support Bases, are operated from government-owned facilities, leased to Intels under long-term agreements. Intels runs a ‘private port’, a venture that has systematically killed the Calabar, Warri and Port Harcourt ports. There are over one hundred major companies operating at the Intel facility in Port Harcourt. The company makes more money in profit than the government of Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta states put together. I shall give details and figures in the part two of this disquisition.
There is also the NorthEast Petroleum. The name is as clear as the message it sends. NorthEast Petroleum registered as NorthEast. NorthEast Petroleum Nigeria Limited is the holder of OPL215 license, covering an area 0f 2,564 square kilometres in water depths between 200 to 1600 metres. NorthEast, the parent company of Rayflosh Petroleum was awarded the blocks OPLs 276 & 283 closing thereupon a Joint Venture Agreement with Centrica Resources Nigeria Limited and CCC Oil and Gas.
NorthEast Petroleum is owned by another Fulani businessman from the North East, Alhaji Saleh Mohammed Jambo. The license was awarded to him by General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida in 1991 and then renewed in 2004. So far, $50m has been spent on the very promising Okpoi-1 and Egere -1 exploratory well.
With all these stolen oil money from the Niger Delta, can anybody justify the reason for the high level if poverty and backward in the north. The most painful is Niger State. According to the Bureau of Statistics reports from 2010, Niger State is the poorest state in the Federation, and the North East the poorest region; these figures from the National Bureau of Statistics. So, why are they talking? This is the reason I call them parasites.
During the recent national strike that erupted on the heels of the removal of oil subsidy, you were on the side of the Federal Government and President Goodluck Jonathan. You also threatened to occupy the oil platforms in the Niger Delta if the strike has persisted.
The first correction I want to make on this issue is that there was no national protest. But there were protests by hirelings of those who are the real owners of Nigeria which we have revealed, who are making money from the sweat and blood of the people of Niger Delta and the Igbo. And if you watched, the whole of South- South, apart from some flash points in Edo in Benin, the whole of South-East and majority of North Central was quiet.
Therefore, what we had was a conspiracy amongst the Lagos people and the people of the North to have a regime change because they are losing power. They are losing economic and political power and they are afraid that if President Jonathan is allowed to continue for eight years, the consequences will be devastating and as such, they should blackmail and arm-twist the government of Jonathan to give way to a government that they feel is in their best interest. I think that that is not possible. We will not sit idle, fold our arms and watch them do that.
We will not accept it. It is unacceptable to us because, this is not the first time the so called fuel subsidy has been removed. We forced the strike to end. If they try it another time, we will also force them to end it, because you cannot be talking on another person’s property, sitting and deliberating on another person’s property. You do not have such right to sit and deliberate on another person’s property.
Any attempt on Jonathan, we will resist it. That was how General Aguiyi Ironsi, the only Nigerian Head of State from the old Eastern Region, was murdered. The President came from a place. He came from a constituency. And that is the requirement of the so called Nigerian Constitution that a President must come from a particular place and that’s where the president came from. And as far as I am concerned, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is an Ijaw man and if others who said they will make governance impossible, they will destabilize the government if he wins the primaries, if he wins the election. So, if such people continue, then, it is also within the purview of our right to make sure that we defeat all their evil machinations.
When they started their strike, we told them that if they continue, this will happen. We folded our hands and we were watching whether they will be reasonable. But when they were no longer reasonable, we said enough is enough. How would some people go and close banks against our rights? I put my money in the bank and some Union went and closed the bank, saying I won’t have access to my money? It is illegal and then, we stopped it. After we came out for three days, they knew that khaki no bi leather.
As for the oil platforms, it belongs to us. It is our own. Those who are there are criminal collaborators with the Nigerian state and multi-nationals. They are criminal collaborators. The oil platforms belong to the people who own the land.”
You talked about conspiracy against the government. Who are these conspirators?
Excerpt continues: “The Lagos people, the Lagos crowd; have people bothered to ask who picked the bills in Lagos protest: the musicians, the crowd, who bankrolled them? The people who came out from the North; they came out because of oil subsidy? Boko Haram has been killing people, have they come out? Have they said anything? Is removal of oil subsidy more important than the lives of people?
Insecurity has persisted in the country. The efforts of the government do not seem satisfying even though some arrests of the Boko Haram kingpins have been made. We can still see that the bombs are going off. What is your take on this?
It is very difficult to fight an enemy you cannot see. But there were enemies that we saw who promised that these events will take place. The Atikus, the Ciromas. They are known faces. They openly said if Jonathan even wins the primaries and proceeded to win the general election, they will make the country, Nigeria ungovernable. And true to type, these things are happening. And that was why I called for the arrest of General Buhari after the general elections, because, we must see beyond sentiments. This is a well laid hard plan to cow Jonathan and chase him out of power.
And because they now discover that our people are solidly behind Jonathan, one Captain David Omale wrote in Leadership (Newspaper) on Friday that they will just march down to the Niger Delta and crush it. What I said is that it is easier said than done. Let them come.
He said that as they crushed Biafra, they can just march down and crush us. Let them come. So that is the mentality of the people who feel that power must always reside with them. And because they have lost power, there is nothing you can do because if President Jonathan were to move the army and start killing people, because now, the Governors of Niger and Jigawa States have said there is high-handedness and innocent people are being killed in the name of Boko Haram.
So, if you are not arresting people, you are not doing anything. What are you going to do? You are going to blame the man? The man should not do security; the man should not do this and that, all sorts of things. Yes, the right of the people should not be impaired. Now, what is the solution? How do we police the community? How do we police the neighborhood without some people being caught?
Some arrest have been made and no known names have been mentioned even when it is speculated everywhere that the Sect has sponsors….
You know Nigerians like easy things. Do you need anybody to sponsor you to make cheap bombs to kill people? So, if you arrest the sponsor, you have demobilised the people? They have gotten a life of their own if even people sponsor them. They raid banks. They do other things to gather resources to prosecute their war against the government. They only needed an incitement.
And the people that provided the incitement were the Ciromas and the Atikus and that is enough for these people to have been apprehended by the government because the President can just be sitting and allowing this and one day, they will kill him and after that, maybe it will be like what happened in Rwanda and Burundi. They were being pushed to the precipice where nobody will fold his arms. That is the truth of the matter.
You led a coalition of South South and Middle-Belt youth for condolence to late Ojukwu’s home and there, you talked about the possibility of an Igbo man or Middle belter becoming the next president after President Jonathan. What exactly do you mean?
We have started working; that’s why you saw thousands of people. We have started working on that and we will continue. The unity has started. The people who thought they were playing God, God has shown them, they were not God. We are working and we believe that the vast of Igbo people are with us. The vast majority of the people of Middle-Belters are with us. Nearly 100 per cent of the people of the South South are with us. Jonathan has eight year tenure. He has eight years tenure. If he wants to go for eight years, he has the right to do so.
But if he says he does not want to go, it is politics. Politics is about numbers. It is about sagacity. So, what we are going to do is to work towards it, to work towards the realization of our goal to make sure that those who have held us down will never get to power again.
You are a strong advocate of a National Conference. But the National Assembly has said that ethnic grievances should be directed through the representatives in the Assembly. What do you make of that?
When the time for it comes, we will know. Who elected those senators and Reps? Some persons see you as a controversial personality…. I do not know what controversy means. That somebody talks about issues that affect his people and all of a sudden, he is branded controversial. No problem. If I am, no objections to it, but I believe that the truth must be told and the truth is very clear that the north has had more than every other person and the North should wait for the Igbo, the Ijaw, the Ishkiri, the Tiv, the Ibibio and Idoma. They should wait for us. If we are going to practice an equitable system, then the north has had more than their fair share. And they should wait.
You seem to be so hard on the North. Do you have any grudges against them?
I do not have. It is only the truth…the truth that some people took our land and continue to hold people ransom.
Some people are of the view that you have abandoned a collective struggle because an Ijaw man who is your kinsman is the President; that before now, you were having an affinity with some progressives from the north and west. How true is that?
If you call yourself my comrade, you should also know that I have blood that flows in my vein. You should also know that I have preferences. You should also know that you cannot kill my people and love me. That means that if I allow you to kill my people, when you finish with them, you will also come for me. That is the truth.” Amen.
THE STAGE IS SET
Excerpt: EDUCATE THE NORTH, LOSE NIGERIA: The British conspiracy: Educate North, lose Nigeria-Akinjide. Lord Lugard deliberately created things so North will be dominant and South subservient By OMONIYI SALAUDEEN. Sunday, March 04, 2012.
The age long agitation for the convocation of Sovereign National Conference once again resonated at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, where some eminent Nigerians met to brainstorm on the way to fashion a people’s constitution for the country. This is coming at a time when the National Assembly is planning to make another review of the 1999 constitution.
In this interview, Chief Richard Akinjide, a renowned legal luminary, faulted the perennial call for a new constitution, saying only a change of attitude can ensure stability in the polity. He said, “People think as long as you change the constitution, things will change. I do not accept that. I think that is nonsense. The fault is not in the constitution, it is in the people.”
Some eminent Nigerians recently gathered in Lagos to renew the aged long agitation for the convocation of Sovereign National Conference with a view to resolving some national questions. Do you see the imperative of such a conference now?
I do not believe in Sovereign National Conference. And I do not even think it is possible. But I believe there is nothing wrong, if we have a conference to look at ourselves, our constitution and other matters. For the reason I will give you, I will take the word sovereign out of it.
A sovereign national conference presupposes there is no government in place functioning in the country. But at the moment, we have the National Assembly, we have the federal cabinet, we have the elected president, we have elected state governors, we have the state assemblies duly elected, and we have the local government administration.
So, there is no juridical basis or reason for any sovereign and I repeat the word Sovereign National Conference. If you remove the word sovereign, I am not opposed to the summoning of a conference. But when that conference is taking place, all the present structures right from the president to the governors, national and state assemblies and the local government must still be there functioning.
Some have argued that since sovereign really belongs to the people, the question of having two sovereigns does not arise. Isn’t it so? Yes, I accept that the people are the sovereign. But the state assemblies in all the 36 states were elected. The governors of the states were elected by the people. The House of Representatives and the senate were elected. So also was the president.
The constituency of the president is the whole country. Therefore, the people have exercised their sovereign rights by electing those they want to rule them since they cannot come out and rule themselves. During the time of the Romans, all legislations had to go through three stages. The first reading will be the roman senate.
After it had been introduced and read, the bill was submitted to the plebiscite of the Roman people throughout Rome. If the bill is passed by the vote of the people, then the bill was sent back to the Roman senate for third reading and then it could be passed into Law.
But if in the second reading, through the vote of the Roman people, it is not passed, then the bill is dead and that is the end of it. So, people are getting confused about the history of evolution of the sovereignty of the people and the synopsis. It is because of that confusion that people are making the statement which in some cases has no basis at all and cannot be supported.
You would recall that several attempts had been made in the past to hold a similar conference but they all ended up in fiasco. What modalities would you want to recommend for a successful dialogue to resolve some of the nagging national questions this time around?
As a great writer has said, the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves. If you bring the constitution of the United States, which is working very well in the US, to Nigeria, it will not work because of the character, attitude and the human element in the Nigerian people. ‘Have you heard it? Practising democracy without democratising the Nigeria mentality. Practising America system of government without making us think and reason like the Americans. It is impossible! We are all reasoning like the British; we are all British in reasoning and in character. That is why Britain has remained very poor till now. If you want to be poor till eternity, go to London.
You will live from hand to mouth until the day you will die. When you get to Britain especially London, Newcastle, Blackcastle; Scotland go there. Dudeen, Aberdeen you will see nothing but ancient structure like the one you see in the inland town. Because of the poor reasoning, there you see too many educated fools who live their life in playing coupon. How many know that coupon originated from Britain? Coupon originated from Liverpool. Till today, they put on their suite and put their cigar on their mouth.
Then blow empty grammar, that is all. In addition, their suits are all out-dated. If you see anybody wearing British suit you will know—with British cap with pipe in his mouth, “All work and no play makes Jack a doll boy”.
In the same vein, if you take the constitution of Nigeria to the United States of America, because of their character and the human element in them, it will work very well.
So, people think as long as you change the constitution, things will change. I do not accept that. I think that is nonsense. The fault is not in the constitution, it is in the people. Go and look at the Chinese constitution, it is a very small document. And it is being used to govern 1.4 billion people. So, even if you summon another conference and write a new constitution, can you tell me it is going to work? The critical thing is that Nigeria is just a country and not a nation.”
Note, Nigeria is a country and not a nation. Is it possible? Yes! Pakistan is a country and not a nation. You can also be a nation and not a country. Nigeria is just a geographical description of a place, finish. Have you not heard it before?
Excerpt continues: “You hear people shouting they want Yoruba president, they want Igbo president, and they want northern president. Why don’t we say we want a Nigerian president?”
Is it in our message? We are having dealings with a Great Mind. Word for word, you are higher than the people round about you. That is why you feel very uncomfortable with them. This man must have read the message we posted there since 2010.
Even the message titled “Gender Discrimination” preached in 2007 is also there. “The State Of The Nation” volume 1 preached in 2009 is there.
Said, “Adopting America system of government without reasoning like Americans, it will not work. Yet they want tribal president, they want president from Igbo extraction, Yoruba extraction; Hausa extraction. But what we need is a NIGERIAN PRESIDENT who will accommodate all the weaknesses of all ethnic groups in Nigeria.
I had better have foolishness that will make me happy than to acquire the wisdom that will make me miserable. Let me be foolish and happy than to be wise and miserable.
When you see Brother Goddy exercising his freedom, do not query him. No Church can practise the type of worship we practice in this Faith. This is a family; let me share this as testimony. One of my daughters used to say something, “I do not know what is wrong with me; anytime Daddy is not around, I can hardly sleep. I may be pressed and pressed but fear will never allow me to go and ease myself in the night.
I will rather prefer to remain awake until daybreak. But if Daddy is around, I can go round everywhere in the night. I can sleep and feel relaxed. So I do not know what is wrong with me.”
Is there anything wrong with her? Nothing. I asked her, “Why do you behave that way?” She said, “If Daddy is around I do not believe there is any evil that will come around me again.” And this is truth.
Caiaphas said that there is one thing peculiar with Jesus Christ and his followers: anytime he was around in their midst they felt secure. They can hardly believe that anything evil could befall them. But when he is not around, they will hide themselves inside one room.
Excerpt continues: “No matter from which part of the country he or she comes from, until we see ourselves as brothers and sisters, this nation cannot move forward. If you look at Italy, there was a time it was just a geographical expression.”
There was a time it was geographical expression. Moreover, God said in that message that what is killing Nigeria Football association is politics. That if Nigeria should learn to pick the best of the players according to their performances and skills, without looking at their tribes and associated sentiment; Nigeria will continue to have victory. However, once it comes to selection of players, every state will be showing undue interest, politics will come in.
That what we should do is to take the best that can give us the cup, for the cup belongs to Nigeria and not to the players. If the whole players that can bring the cup home will come from one family, we wouldn’t mind.
God said, “Look at what happened in 1980 when Nigeria brought home the cup of nation for the first time in the days of Shehu Shagari as President, something happened that year. The coach of the national team, a Brazilian by name Otto Gloria, neglected our Nigeria useless politics and selected players he knew that will deliver the goals.
Hence, he could feature Philip Owolabi, he featured the two brothers Segun Odegbami and his younger brother, Wole Odegbami. The two Odegbamis featured, Mudashiru Lawal featured; Ayo Ogunlana featured not minding that they are from one ethnic group. The youngest player came from the East, Henry Nwosu.
Let me stop here. I hate to talk about football because it is a useless spirit that can hardly die, if you are addicted to that spirit at a very old age. That was why I threw away the television, threw away all newspapers about football and so on so that I will have rest. For I remember the day I left my house because of jubilation, I have to jump from the parlour to the street naked. This is pure truth. My wife can attest to it.
Nigeria had a very nice football with Algeria. In addition, there was a dying minute goal; I jumped out and my wrapper pulled out. I did not notice it; I went out and started running on the street not knowing that I was naked. People were following me with wrapper, because I was already hypertensive how we could lose that match which was the decider.
If we must play Morocco, we must scale through. As God could have it, before my eyes Humphrey Edobor netted the thing. I never noticed that my wrapper pulled out. It is a dangerous spirit. That is why I banned all my children from touching football. I have bought every kind of toy for them, I have never bought anything called ball whether plastic or leather. Moreover, I will never try it.
No football boot or sport boot will enter my house. I vowed it as a vow for it was real havoc to Me which I would not like them to repeat. There can never be anything sport jersey in my house, I will burn it. I monitor them, do whatever you can, but away from anything football. It is a dangerous thing. Can you mention a successful footballer who has moved the world forward?
Mention one and I will follow you. You say George Weah; George Weah ended it in politics, that which football could not give him. He was a national coach, a national captain. However, at the end of the day, he dabbled into politics. Look at Emma Okalla, where is Emma Okalla today?
Even Henry Nwosu, where is he? Patrick Ekeji succeeded in gaining appointment as a civil servant in the Nigerian Sport Commission—a master degree in psychology. He played as a national player at the end of the whole day, as ex-national, look at where he is?
Young men in this Faith, if you are interested in football, I was more interested than you. If there would have been anything good in football, I would have seen it. I played football; I can tell you the intricacies. I also became a referee which nearly destroyed my life. The operation I had was as a result of my refereeing in a cup tournament. The useless boy smashed the ball where I had the problem that resulted to opening my body that time. If there is anything good in football I would have told you.
Where is Kotoko, where is Dan Anyiam? Those people that played Nigeria best eleven. The highest honour that was given to Okwaraji at Orlu was the twelve footballs they erected on the grave finish. No monument, Dan Anyiam only received two pairs of boot; they placed them on the grave. Thus, if you are showing interest in football, you are stupid. God knows why he allowed Me to pass through all these things.
You want to show interest in boxing? I was a boxer. You want it in martial art, I was a black belt. There is no area where you can come where I never featured. You want to show interest in field events, I was a strong athlete. Hundred meters, I was first among equals. In hundred meters, 220 meters you cannot see my back.
Even now, if I make up my mind, offers you some meters; I give you three minutes I must catch you. I was a sprinter; this is one thing common with all forward liners. For I was playing number 10 and number 9. If you are forward liner, you must be a sprinter. Therefore, there is nothing good in all these things, believe it because I am the One saying it.
If Pastor Dan never followed me when I visited home recently, he could not have heard the other side of my life: How I grew up in the village and became a prime mover to the youths. Moreover, the credit goes to me for moulding our youths who are now responsible.
Thus, it never started today. I have been a leader from the beginning. Anything I say no to, say no to it. God permitted Me to experience those things knowing that there will be a day He will entrust into my hand the future of the youths. These things that move you do not move Me. You say Man U, Blackburn, Liverpool, you call them Barca or Real Madrid, they are all useless nonsense.
Excerpts continues: “And you have Republic of Rome, Republic of Viennese, Republic of Florence, and so on. That is the stage we are now, but we do not want to admit it in our heart. Until they got a strong leader, who unified the whole of Italy into a single state, they had neither unity nor peace in Italy.
The problem we have is that when somebody from another section is the President, another person is agitating and wanting president to come from their area as if the other president is not elected by the people of the country. That is the heart of the problem.
“Is it not true? It is. 2015 is still far from here, somebody who will die before that day is vying for presidency for 2015 as if he is holding the key of life in his hand. Even at the age of 71 and 75, they are wishing to become president come 2015 because Nigeria is their heritage.
Remember what we are considering, events from our news desk. Having furnished you with spiritual food, it is of a necessity that I must show you the other side of the coin so that you will know where we are.
Excerpts continues: For how long will it take Nigeria to evolve to nationhood?
It will take time. Do not forget that Nigeria is just over 50 years since we got independence. And with education and the National Youth Service (NYSC) programme and inter commerce, things will change. But we should not try to run before we can walk.
But regarding the NYSC you have mentioned, many people believe that it has outlived its usefulness in view of the incidents that happened in the recent past. Do you agree?
That is another matter entirely. It was meant to supply cheap high level manpower for certain areas of Nigeria which were disadvantaged. But those areas are no longer disadvantaged. And I can see that in future, the youth corps will be abolished because its original purpose has virtually been satisfied.
They said it was meant to weld Nigeria together, but has it really achieved that objective? However, in terms of supplying cheap labour to the areas that have no enough manpower, it has achieved its purpose. However, I have my doubt if it can unify the country.”
My people, are you taking note? I want you to see, if anybody is telling you that you are deceived, ask him in which area. No Church can furnish her members with the level of information you receive in this Faith. That is why you hold your head high wherever you are. Even our infants know this truth, they discuss and argue with their mates in their schools and colleges.
With all the complaints of marginalization, agitation for resources control, state creation and others, do you still believe that Nigeria can evolve to real nationhood?
Certainly, it is quite possible. There is nothing wrong in agitating for more states. As regards resource control, I think we have gone over agitation for resource control. There is no serious agitation for resource control now. I accept that the people of Niger Delta where we produce 95 percent of our foreign exchange and 20 percent of our overall resources have been cheated for a long time.
“Why killing them? Why calling them militants? You see the truth is there”.
But I think that has been rectified now and I do not think anybody is going to agitate for resource control now. When we were producing cocoa in the South West, the revenue was not shared with other parts of the country. The revenue generated from cotton remained in the north. When we were producing palm oil and palm kernel and rubber from the East, the revenue went to the Eastern Nigeria. So, the argument of the people of Niger Delta is that the oil comes from them and therefore the resources from it should go to them. That argument, on the face of it, looks attractive.
However, if you look at the history of evolution of Nigeria, that argument cannot be supported. In 1916, the British enacted an order in council investing the mineral resources in Nigeria, including oil and gas in the Federal Government. So, it has become a federal matter since 1916.
“Only Oil and Gas, they never invested coal, tin or tin ore. Columba, steal and the rest of them. They only picked that oil and gas which was the main reason why the British colonised Nigeria. The same thing they did in Ghana, their only interest was in gold. Not diamond, they did it in South Africa that was why … nearly killed all that venture to include foreigner from the gold mile in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg. All those minerals that were afore mentioned, were they not solid mineral? Were they not mined in Nigeria? Why didn’t they invest those ones for federal government? So that the revenue sharing formula will be equitably distributed. They allowed the Northerners to control the revenue from solid minerals. Allowed the Yoruba to have control over the revenue from Cocoa which they used under the western Nigerian development co-operation to develop all western state and grant their children free education in the days of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
In the Eastern State which encompasses the whole present Akwa-Ibom, Cross-River, River and Bayelsa and the Southeast, they were all … the palm kernel, the rubber even Midwest. Midwest was producing rubber, they allotted all of them including palm oil to their various regions. But to oil and gas, their main interest for coming into Nigeria.
For residing in the Southern part of Nigeria. They invested into the hand of the federal government, controlled by the British as far as 1916. For they knew that a day will come when this nation will be clamouring for independence. Ghana has their independence before Nigeria, they celebrated their 55th anniversary few days ago. That was in the month of February, this is our own. From now pay attention and compare it to what you have been hearing from me over the years. If anybody is telling you tomorrow that the British will set you free, tell that person it will be difficult.
They did not vest the resources of cocoa and groundnut in the Federal Government. Now, that order in council or what we called the act of parliament of today was not amended until 1958. Moreover, in 1958, we were still British Protectorate.
In 1958 we were all British citizens. Are you surprised that the Son of Man was a British citizen? Have I not been telling you that all that were born before October 1st 1960 were all British citizens? They diverted your attention to agriculture where you would labour and labour and labour. The little education they offered you were all CLERICAL EDUCATION. They could allow you to remain in Nigeria and read Law so that you could be their secretary.
They trained accountants; they were accountants that read through their so-called correspondence colleges in London. Anybody that you see that possesses a degree from school, check, he read from Nigeria. He didn’t go to London, they were all corresponding.
Accountant to count their money, secretary to type their documents. Administrative officers to help them administer their files. No Nigeria engineer ever appeared, the oilfield were there, the oil decoration, they were all corresponding—a no go area for all the blacks, the whole oil in Nigeria was controlled by them.
Port-Harcourt was named after the man called Lord Harcourt who was the Royal Niger company, later renamed the Lander Brothers including Lord Luggard. They were all under the so-called later days UAC made up of G.B Olivant, Western African Bloc, John Holt and the rest of them including MDS.
Britain now vested it in the Federal Government. That is why it has remained till today. Thus, you have to look at the historical evolution of oil and gas.
Excerpts: What has been done is to make sure that the people of Niger Delta get substantial part of their revenue and that is why a percentage of federal revenue goes directly to the region, about 13 percent. Besides, I think there is now a ministry of Niger Delta and the Niger Delta Commission.
I think their agitation has been addressed. If the resources they have now are well used and they are not frittered away, the people of Delta should be happy. In the past, they have been cheated. Now, their grievances have been taken care of.
You were part of the making of the present constitution. Taking a holistic review of the document, what section of the constitution do you think needs amendment?
One, too much power has been given to the centre. If you look at the legislative list where you have the exclusive list, the power assigned to the Federal Government is just too much. And then you have the concurrent list where both the centre and states can make Laws. The result is that the centre in legislative matters is very strong. And if you remember, the oil and gas are also being controlled by the Federal Government.
And out of that, we get 95 percent of our foreign exchange and 20 percent of federal revenue. So, the dominance of the Federal Government is total. The state governments are just local governments masquerading as state governments. They cannot survive financially without the Federal Government which controls oil and gas.
Would it be wrong to infer from what you have said so far that the enactment of the order in council which vested the control of oil and gas in the Federal Government was a deliberate attempt to confer undue advantage to a particular section of the country?
There were three key architects of the Nigerian state. One was Lord Harcourt who was the colonial secretary at that time. Two, Lord Cartwright who was the chairman of the Royal Niger Company. And three, Lord Luggard, who was the Governor-General and a former employee of the Royal Niger Company.”
Are they making sense? Note these three names: Lord Harcourt, Lord Cartwright and Lord Luggard. Three dangerous British conservatives that were posted to us to govern us and they were the people that determined the political and economy of this nation. They brought the useless woman they called Queen Elizabeth the second, only to make a proclamation, why the South is more educated than the North. They created Nigeria and created a structure which suited British economic interest as well as the interest of the Royal Niger Company. They did not have the interest of Nigeria at heart.
Their primary interest was the British interest. Lagos was their colony and the rest of Nigeria was their protectorate. That is the heart of the problem. There are documents in the archive in London which showed that Luggard deliberately created things so that the North will be dominant and the South will be subservient.
Lord Luggard deliberately created the political structure which gave the Northerners dominance over the Southerners. They will dominate administratively and use us as slaves. As servant, Lord Luggard deliberately did it. Did I tell you, the Northern majority will have rule over the Southern minority. Queen Elizabeth herself said upon that she gave them political independence not economic. It is contained in your messages, now vindicated.
Before the amalgamation was done in 1914, the British had been ruling the North for 14 years. When after the 1897 punitive expedition to Benin during which Benin Empire was incorporated into the Southern Nigeria, there were two Nigerian: Southern Nigeria and Northern Nigeria up till 1900. And Luggard was the only person who was the Governor-General of Southern and Northern Nigeria. When the amalgamation was done in 1914, he then became Governor-General of Nigeria.
So, the whole arrangement was structured to suit British interest. And there are documents to back that up. British colonial power was determined to see that north must rule Nigeria.
It was fashioned out such that North must rule Nigeria—Parliamentary. You see why Ahmadu Bello made a proclamation in his write-up that the Northerners must resist ruthlessly any attempt by any tribe or any group to wrestle power out of the North, contained in Nigeria Parrot newspaper of 12th October, 1960 few days after independence. And on the day of independence the great woman the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth the second made a proclamation to the whole world that she was giving the mantle of leadership to Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe from the South as a ceremonial president.
However, with absolute power of administration to Sir Tafawa Balewa as the Prime Minister. On condition that the Northern majority must have rule over the Southern minority. Said, “Upon these statements the British Government has decided this day to grant Nigeria a political independence, not economic independence.”
Has the Son of Man been giving you wrong information? Only the man that knows the problem of this nation will solve it, the rest are merely paying cosmetic approach. Nigeria will not see peace until power is handed over to God, until Nigeria is governed by God no peace.
Excerpt: So, the whole arrangements were structured to suit British interest. And there are documents to back that up. British colonial power was determined to see that North must rule Nigeria. To them, education was irrelevant; population too was irrelevant.
Have you now seen why Boko Haram is all out fighting western education? Education is completely irrelevant. That is why it is very difficult to control them. When you educate a people, it makes it easy for them to be led. Leave them in ignorance and see excess fanaticism.
Excerpt: “To them, education was irrelevant; population too was irrelevant. Where things did not suit the north, they created it artificially. They did all this to favour the economic interest of the British because the three characters that created Nigeria were from the Royal Nigeria Company. They were former employee whom I will call the mercenaries.
The British believed that it is only the North that can protect its economic interest. However, they left the North uneducated. In fact, Luggard’s doctrine then was: educate the north and lose Nigeria. That is the origin of our problem.”
Note, Lord Luggard’s doctrine was educate the North and lose Nigeria. If they were educated as the south, the British would have been edged out.
Excerpt: Can the National Assembly amend the constitution?
There is no other organ that can amend the constitution. You cannot amend the constitution without involving the state and National Assembly as well as the president. You cannot ignore the existing legal structure and say you are amending the constitution.
You mean they can initiate the amendment?
Certainly, they can initiate it. Who else can initiate it?”
Nigeria as a wall has started developing cracks, and when the building is about to collapse; cracks must develop for every structure collapses along the crack line. Cracks on the wall, a sign of danger. We can see cracks developing, almost all the ethnic groups are feeling distressed and discontented with the centre. Nobody is happy to stay with the centre again. Remember what God said, this mouth must crack. If pressure does not crack it, gun must crack it.
Excerpts: North Ready for Nigeria’s breakup–Junaid Mohammed From: Desmond Mgboh/Kano Sunday, March 04, 2012.
About a week ago, social critic and Second Republic parliamentarian, Dr Junaid Mohammed convened a very popular meeting of Northern academics, thinkers, media gurus, businessmen and politicians in Abuja. The aim of the meeting was to confront the challenges before the North apparently against the background of the clamour for a Sovereign National Conference(SNC), among other issues.
In this interview, Mohammed excluding both confidence and anger says that the North is ready for not just the conference but even for the breakup of Nigeria if that is what the promoters of SNC wants.
You have just convened a conference that assembled the academics, the business guru and a few serving politicians from the Northern Region. What is your own assessment of the conference in terms of the outcome?
Personally speaking, I am not keen on giving my own personal, objective assessment as it were. Rather, other people should do it; those who attended the conference or observed the outcome. It is up to them and other Nigerians who are fair-minded enough to pass their own valued judgment in terms of whether it was good or bad, whether it was attended or not, or whether it has achieved its objective or not.
Evaluation naturally succeeds an event like this. Would you say the conference has achieved the goals for which it was set to attain? Would you say that it has attained the targeted objective(s)?
Over 90 percent of the people who visited or attended the meeting- it is more modest to call it a meeting, and I am a modest person by inclination, over 90 percent are people who have been known to me. Some have been known to me for well over 50 years and some have been known to me for well over 40 years, some over 30 years.
And we have always been in the habit of sitting down to discuss current affairs, situation in the country, international affairs and what have you. So, when I looked back at the quality discussions with most of the people, I consulted with others and we decided on some of the people good enough to be included. In fact some of us were beginning to wonder how come this initiative had not come earlier.
When we consulted, we decided contacting our friends. We found that there was enough to talk about and there were enough people to do the talking. And we started sending out the invitation and our first task at the meeting was to ask if what we set out to do was worth- while, whether it was worth doing.
Whether we could rub minds and define certain situations and see whether we can give people who feel completely left out of the scheme of things, left out and marginalized by the nature of the Nigerian press, the Nigerian media generally to people who are saying things that are sensible and rational but do not always get the chance to say their mind because they do not even know the media and they do not even know the people who run the media and they do not know the influence of some of these media people. And to make matters worse, quite a number of people are being insulted.
You know you (the Lagos press) insult a whole community; you mention a Northerner and it is as if you mention the North as if it were a colony of lepers and as if some of us are not Nigerians, as if some of us are not even human simply because we are seen as lazy, irresponsible or greedy and all sort of things.
And we know that we are not that and we believe that it will be unwise to continue with this kind of charade and farce. And then the issue of the so- called Sovereign National Conference has also been abused by people who have hidden agenda and who specialize in recruiting some people to do their dirty jobs for them, to do their dirty insulting job for them.
And when the situation comes and it did during the civil war, they simply go underground and allow other people to die for nothing. And if you remember that the Nigeria Civil War cost Nigerians over one million people, you can see why some people are not keen to simply take up to insulting people and abusing people and that peace is better than war because after all, life is better than death.”
Excerpt: North, South Breaking Apart –Agbakoba: “Right now, the southern and northern parts of Nigeria are almost separated. This is because few people in the south would go to Kano State for instance. Not many people in their right senses from the south would go to Maiduguri.
Few people from the south would go to the north.” By WILLY EYA (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sunday, March 11, 2012; That former president of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Olisa Agbakoba, is a household name in Nigeria is not contestable.
He has not only been around but always speaks out on every national issue no matter how the odds are stacked. In the human rights community, his antecedents speak volumes. He bares his mind here on various issues of national importance.
With the level of uncertainty in the air following activities of the Boko Haram sect, how do you feel today as a Nigerian?
How I feel is that I am from a country of opportunity, immense natural resources and monumental human resources. But unfortunately, all of these I have mentioned are lying waste and prostrate.
You cannot deny Boko Haram, you cannot deny the ethnic strife across Nigeria, issues about marginalization, economic decline, unemployment and wastage of the youths. One would be tempted to say that perhaps we are going through one of the most depressing times.
The report of the National Bureau of Statistics just came out indicting the Nigerian state for impoverishing over 60 per cent of her population. In other words, in our country of about 160 million people, about 110 million live in extreme poverty. Nigeria is a case waiting to explode and the contrast is that we are such a rich country-natural resources, oil wells but we just came out of the subsidy problem.
Corruption has prevented the leadership of Nigeria from directing the resources to the intended purpose. Each time you hear funds deployed in billions to do one thing or the other but you will never see the result. It does not matter whether it is the Nigerian Integrated Power Project (NIPP), water projects or whatever. As a Nigerian, definitely I cannot feel good about it.
To be honest, I could say I am privileged and I am not immediately, personally and directly easily affected but if I look at the environment I come from, if I eat rice, my driver cannot and it makes one very sad. When a person is sick, he finds that he needs to go and take medical treatment but what our leaders fail to understand is that our country is sick.
A time has come when our leaders-not just those of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)- should declare a state of emergency over Nigeria. When the president of the United States of America was elected and he met the economic crisis in his country, he rolled up his sleeve and got down to work. He started to deal with job creation but here, you do not see our leaders showing such passion to change things.
You do not see those who voluntarily come out to seek power to do something. When they just seize power, they just go home. They do not even remember that they owe the people any responsibility based on the campaign promises they made.
But with this picture you have painted, do you think this country has a future?
I think it does because I do not believe that Nigeria can physically collapse. But the challenge the country is facing is in development whether in football, infrastructure etc.; I do not see the possibility of a break up of Nigeria but it is an issue that we should keep in mind. How far we can go, I cannot determine; I will also rule out the possibility of Nigeria declining to the situation in Sudan or Somalia but Boko Haram has shown that it is not impossible.”
Remember that America predicted that Nigeria would break up in 2015. We should not play with what is happening in the country.
We should make conscious effort to arrest the declining fortunes of Nigeria. Right now, the southern and northern parts of Nigeria are almost separated. This is because few people in the south would go to Kano State for instance. Not many people in their right senses from the south would go to Maiduguri. Few people from the south would go to the north.
This is to be honest with you and that should be a cause for concern for every Nigerian that a southerner no longer feels safe to go to the north. So the leadership should address the situation. Whatever it would take to do so-whatever it would take the Sovereign National Conference to do so or for the National Assembly to initiate discussions, it is ok. But I know that it goes beyond the constitution. It is a leadership thing. There are a lot of resources in Nigeria that can be used to address the problems.
Looking at the issue of Boko Haram holistically, what would you say is the problem? There are many narratives to the Boko Haram sect just as there are many narratives to the issue of Biafra for the Igbo people. Boko Haram is derived from fundamental belief in Islam which the Islamic movement rejects. You recall that Boko Haram is not the first flashpoint in Islamic fundamentalism.
We had El-Zaky Zaky, Maitasine but at that time, the national trend did not support it for the fundamental sect to move forward. So, they were isolated and put down. Boko Haram has taken a number of dimensions. First of all is the extreme poverty in the North East in particular. The North East and North West are the poorest regions in Nigeria and it is not surprising that Boko Haram could rise in the shape of the Almajiris and the political atmosphere and leadership provide no alternative to the situation.
The same narrative occurs in the South East which is the Biafran spirit. The Biafran spirit speaks of marginalization and discrimination and I have filed the case in court. My question is why should the South East have five states.
The Biafran spirit also finds radical expression in Chief Ralph Uwazurike but that is not seen as the correct trend. But I saw a clear attempt to isolate the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in the context of Ojukwu’s burial. The South West has the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and it has been formalized by the South West political structures who have one goal in mind which is the political and economic integration including the possibility of autonomy.
That is why Ondo State is a flashpoint and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) wants to capture Ondo by all means. The South South has had its expression in series of unfulfilled promises going back to Willinks Commission and the killing of Saro Wiwa and all of that led to the Niger Delta Ministry, Amnesty programme, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) etc.
So, what I am saying is that Boko Haram is not an entirely religious thing because it has political, economic and other motives. It is not by accident that Niger State governor, Babangida Aliu now speaks of marginalization in terms of capital budget resources allocation rather than in the South East. If any zone should talk about marginalization, it is the South East.
But that tells you the importance of the loss of power in the North. Therefore, there are a lot of elements linked to create the situation you see in the north like the issue of Boko Haram.
But in the type of context I am describing, we need astute political leadership. We need a leader who would be able to maneuver very many interests; otherwise, what we would have is continuous decline. And if we have a continuous decline, I am afraid that the scenario of a failed state would present itself.”
Brethren, this is the much we will give you from our news desk for now.
On this note, I say remain in your sanctified estate, remain blessed in Him eternally. Amen.