The Primate of the Church of the Lord (Prayer Fellowship) Worldwide, Most Rev. Rufus Ositelu has said peace in Southern Kaduna is a very important factor in having a cordial relationship among all the diverse religious and ethnic groups in the Northern Nigeria,adding that killings in the region, and particularly in Southern Kaduna must stop.
Primate Ositelu stated this in his 2021 message to the nation and the world at this year’s Tabieorah festival.
He said the primary function of governments all over the world is to protect the lives and property of their citizens, noting that the disturbing state of security in the country despite all governments efforts has now made it necessary for the government to review the security architecture of the country.
He said: “The destruction of lives and property in Southern Kaduna is symbolic of the security challenge that Nigeria is facing. This is a country where a state government paid terrorists to appease them to stop killing innocent people.
“I hereby call on the Federal Government to demonstrate the resolve to fight the terrorists and shun nepotism, ethnic and religious sentiments in the war against terrorism.”
Primate Ayodele further stated that the time is ripe for Nigeria to be restructured to ensure good governance, fairness, equity, justice, peaceful co-existence, economic development, and truly become the giant of Africa.
He said fiscal federalism is the major antidote for many woes confronting Nigeria, saying, “With fiscal federalism in place, all the regional violent groups will seize to exist, as they will not want to destroy the economy of their regions.”
“Moreover, the citizens will be able to hold their regional governments accountable, unlike now, where people see national resources as national cake.I hereby urge the Federal Government and the National Assembly to promote fiscal federalism, and regional integration and healthy competition among the component units of the federation. This will enhance the needed rapid development of the country,” he added.
He said the Lord says year 2021 is a year of Vengeance and Divine Reward.
“I am the Lord God Almighty and I changeth not. For I am faithful and compassionate, and ever true to my promises. Last year I said that a strange disease (COVID-19) will emanate from China, and I also promised that there shall be breakthrough in the search for cure. COVID-19 will be over by 2021, and by the year 2022, the world economy will bounce back better than before. Therefore, rejoice constantly in hope, remain steadfast and patient in distress, and be devoted to prayer, says the LORD God of Holy Mount Tabieorar.The blood of the innocent is crying for justice. I will give each person a reward according to his/her deeds, says the living God,” Primate Ayodele said.
He, therefore, called on all and sundry to continue to intercede for Nigeria that peace may reign supreme, and for adequate security and good governance, so that the teeming masses can enjoy the dividends of democracy.