Famend cleric Bishop Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi has expressed fears over subsequent yr’s basic elections, regretting that the nation’s leaders are solely thinking about grabbing energy and never service to the individuals. He raised the considerations and extra on this interview with TUNDE THOMAS.
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What’s your response to the current state of the nation?
On the age of 88, I’m deeply unhappy and filled with sorrow for Nigeria. I’m unhappy as a result of as an alternative of progressing as a nation through the years, reverse has been the case. The nation has not been blessed with dynamic management that may have made Nigeria to comprehend her potentialities. Our leaders have little or no regard for accountability and worry of God. Leaders are usually not the one one to be blamed, the led even have their very own share of the blame. It’s both we repent, particularly our leaders or they face the wrath of God.
It’s unhappy that our leaders are solely obsessive about wrestle for positions, possessions, energy and worldly wealth. It’s the similar factor for strange Nigerians; we’re very grasping and until we modified, we’re within the hazard of dealing with God’s judgement.
Until our leaders modified, judgement of God is imminent upon them. The judgement of God is hanging closely on our leaders, and that judgement can drop anytime, and when that judgement drops, it is going to hit all of us very onerous and destroy us. The one method out of God’s imminent judgement on us is for us to repent. God has been very merciful to deal with us as a Father and like His youngsters however we aren’t behaving like obedient youngsters to God.
God has been ready for us particularly our leaders to repent however we’ve got not repented. We rejoice in committing sins however that is my warning for Nigerians, we should always repent now in any other case God’s judgement is imminent and when it comes, it should be horrible. A few of us assume that God is just too sluggish however that isn’t true. It isn’t that God is just too sluggish to inflict His judgement upon those that are dragging this nation backward, and the corrupt leaders, however God is merciful and affected person and He’s ready for us to repent. I pray that the Holy Spirit of God will contact the guts of our leaders to information them to do the suitable issues.
Most of our leaders, their hearts are hardened, and that’s why they don’t have the worry of God, however it’s higher for them to repent now earlier than God’s judgement comes upon them.
On the current state of insecurity within the nation particularly the killings in some elements of the North, and continued Boko Haram assaults, what’s the approach out?
The safety state of affairs in Nigeria at the moment could be very pathetic and unhappy. My recommendation to President Muhammadu Buhari and others working with him is that they need to pray to God in order that God will present them what to do over the killings and horrible issues Boko Haram insurgents are doing. The insurgency is getting uncontrolled. One thing quick has to be accomplished to cease these killings and the Boko Haram insurgency. The insurgency and these killings posed a horrible hazard to the nation. We’re in a really explosive state of affairs, and this is the reason I referred to as on Buhari to hunt the face of God for answer to those crises.
Think about the Boko Haram insurgents killing one other Purple Cross employee. For a way lengthy will these killings proceed? One thing has to be executed to revive sanity. I consider with prayers and sincerity of coronary heart, God will present Buhari the best way out.
God shouldn’t be proud of a few of these issues occurring, killing of harmless souls in chilly blood. Buhari has to cease the killings, he’s Nigeria’s chief as we speak, and because the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, the buck cease at his desk. No excuse, in any other case if he fails to do the suitable factor, I pray that God’s judgement won’t encounter him. Like I stated earlier, I’m 88 years previous, my eyes have seen so much, however a number of the issues presently occurring in Nigeria as we speak name for prayers and God’s divine intervention.
Sadly, as an alternative of us in search of options to deal with these critical crises dealing with us in the present day, politicians and our leaders are solely and speaking about 2019, however what they don’t know is that there may be no 2019. It is extremely clear and apparent to discerning minds that these killings and Boko Haram insurgency are an enormous menace to 2019.
I heard it on radio that President Buhari had despatched condolence message to the daddy of the Pink Cross employee killed lately by the Boko Haram; he has additionally been consoling the mom of Leah Sharibu, the 16 yr old skool woman nonetheless within the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents, that’s okay, however it is rather unhappy and sorrowful that the Pink Cross employee was killed. Human lives aren’t solely sacred but in addition very valuable within the eyes of God. This is the reason I’m interesting to President Buhari once more to go earlier than God in prayers in order that God will give him divine knowledge on the way to deal with these issues.
On Leah Sharibu that’s nonetheless in Boko Haram captivity…
I attraction to President Buhari and the Federal Authorities to do all the things potential to safe her launch. I consider that the Federal Authorities is doing all that it will possibly do to safe her launch, however efforts ought to be intensified to convey her out of captivity. I additionally consider that our God, the Almighty God is a God of Miracles, and that He’ll miraculously safe Leah Sharibu’s launch. I consider that God will carry out His wonders, and Leah Sharibu will be let loose.
I consider that God who miraculously launched the three Hebrews, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the burning furnace the place they have been thrown into once they refused to bow earlier than the god of King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon will rescue Leah Sharibu from her captors. For refusing to bow to the god of King Nebuchadnezzar, the three Hebrews have been thrown into burning hearth however the hearth didn’t burn them as God got here to their rescue. It’s that very same Almighty God that may rescue Leah Sharibu. She is God’s personal daughter and God will save her. Let’s all proceed to wish for her, and I consider that God will intervene, and she is going to be saved.
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Political events have picked their presidential candidates for the forthcoming 2019 basic elections; the ruling social gathering, All Progressives Congress, APC has picked President Muhammadu Buhari, whereas the primary opposition social gathering, Peoples Democratic Social gathering, PDP has picked former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, how do you see the unfolding political developments?
What I’ll say is that permit’s depart the whole lot within the arms of God. It is just God that is aware of tomorrow. Man proposes and plan, however it’s God that determines what is going to occur. It’s God that has the ultimate say. It’s God that has the ultimate reply. Who is aware of what is going to occur tomorrow? It’s God. Who is aware of what is going to occur between now and 2019? It’s God. What is going to occur between now and 2019? It’s God. Who is aware of what is going to occur in 2019? It’s God. Whether or not there’s going to be 2019 basic elections or not, it is just God that is aware of. However my recommendation to our leaders is that they need to handle these pressing points that wanted to be attended to. They need to not permit 2019 to turn out to be a distraction.
Nigeria belongs to God. God won’t overlook us, solely that we should always proceed to do the desire of God.
On the difficulty of Restructuring, some Nigerians have accused President Buhari and the APC led Federal Authorities of foot-dragging or not displaying curiosity in restructuring of Nigeria, what’s your tackle that?
It’ll be very unlucky if we fail to restructure. There is no various to restructuring if Nigeria is to maneuver ahead and develop into an incredible nation. Nigeria is made up of various ethnic nationalities and nations. It was the amalgamation of 1914 by Lord Lugard that introduced the Northern Protectorate and the Southern Colony collectively to type the nation referred to as Nigeria.
These totally different nations that make up Nigeria have their totally different tradition, languages and method of doing issues, however the amalgamation pressured us to return collectively. However these variations among the many ethnic nationalities have all the time been manifesting however all alongside we now have been managing to get alongside.
Even within the First Republic between 1960 – 1966 once we had three areas specifically the Northern Area, Japanese Area, and the Western Area, and later Midwest, every area was progressing at its personal tempo. There was wholesome competitors among the many areas, after which true federalism was being practiced however all got here to an finish in 1966 with the army intervention. When the army got here, they launched unitary system, and this created critical issues which has been manifesting up until at the moment.
If we had caught to true follow of federalism because it was being carried out between 1960 – 1966, all these crises and issues dealing with us as a nation would have been averted, and the very fact we should settle for is that until we restructure, all these agitations and crises right here and there won’t abate.
Restructuring will do Nigeria a number of good. Perhaps we should always nonetheless give President Buhari a advantage of doubt over restructuring as a result of what we’re listening to is that they (the current APC-led authorities) are going to do restructuring on the Nationwide Meeting and State Homes of Meeting. Let’s see what they’re going to do. It’s nevertheless unlucky that some leaders within the North and the Arewa Consultative Discussion board (ACF) are against restructuring. Restructuring is just not going to hurt Nigeria, fairly it’ll deliver the perfect out of Nigeria.
What’s your tackle 2019 basic elections?
I might slightly need to first attraction to our leaders to do one thing about poverty and starvation. Lots of people are struggling. Authorities at federal, state and native authorities ranges ought to handle issues of poverty.
Any recommendation for INEC on 2019?
It’s unlucky that INEC has been politicized. They’ve politicized INEC and INEC is no longer the unbiased physique it should be. INEC is just not being allowed to function as unbiased physique.
It’s unhappy that politicians have politicized INEC with cash and votes shopping for. However so long as we’ve politicized INEC, we’ll proceed to be in hassle. It’s unhappy the best way some individuals that decision themselves Christians however who at the moment are in politics have joined corruption in politics. It is extremely unhappy the best way politicians at the moment are shopping for votes brazenly. However for Christians amongst these politicians, I implore them to attempt to be good ambassadors of Christ. They need to be good Christians worthy of emulation by others. They need to stay and act in ways in which when individuals see them, they may see great thing about Christ in them.
Politics shouldn’t be seen as a do-or-die affair. Politicians ought to eschew bitterness, hatred and even chorus from hate speeches. God loves Nigeria as a nation, however we should always not provoke God to anger by means of our greed and lust for energy and illicit materials acquisition.