newspaper in March 2014 in which he made several revealing statements
concerning the February 2015 elections. With the date of elections
steadily drawing closer and tensions arising around the nation, the
clerics words appear even more pertinent now than they did nine months
There are so many troubles in Nigeria today – problems of insecurity,
threats to national unity, political manoeuvrings by rival political
parties. What are your comments concerning these troubled times in the
It is a normal thing for a country that has a bright
future, God’s promise. A bright future always attracts persecution,
condemnation and enemies who realise that the future is bright – you see
a lot of pressure and threats. The country is on the path to greatness;
it will compete with any Western nation in the future and the Western
nations know that Nigeria is going to be a giant. That is why there
support in these trying times is needed. There is no country that has
not passed through this.
All the countries that have become great today all passed through
turbulence that nearly consumed them. How we manage the situation
matters. If we don’t manage it well, we will not witness the greatness.
It is not that the greatness would not come but that would not be for
our generation. The greatness will still come but for the coming
With the turbulence being experienced in some states of the
federation and the election around the corner next year, how do you
think this will play out?
Elections will not happen in some states because of the frequent
attacks. This could affect between three to four states. The states
would be a no-go area due to violence and elections would not take place
in those states unless we move closer to God. We must intensify our
prayers. This is what God has showed me and you can imagine what would
happen if elections don’t hold in those states. It would have a great
implication for our democracy.
How should we manage it?
We should not allow the politicians to politicise all the areas of our
lives. For example if you want to enjoy anything, you have to be part of
their party. For example, unless you are part of their party, you
cannot benefit from things that should be available to you as a citizen.
Look at electricity, health etc – they have politicised everything.
Religion has been politicised. Even Christianity has been politicised.
They go to church; the pulpit is where they campaign now.
church who had gone to pray for themselves. Must everybody become a
politician? How we handle the situation at hand now matters. If the
situation is not well managed, we will find ourselves postponing the
great Nigeria. In other words, we would not witness it but it would be
witnessed by our children.
Don’t let us politicise every area of our lives. Let us carefully play
our politics with keen decency because 2015 matters in the history of
Nigeria. It is either we cross the bridge successfully or it collapses. A
good Nigerian that wants this greatness should be able to pay whatever
proper price that is needed to be paid to make this dream of a great
Nigeria possible. If your being in politics will make this greatness
come, then join. From now to 2015 is a very important period in the
history of Nigeria and if we don’t manage the situation well, our
democracy would be rubbished.
What do you mean by ‘our democracy would be rubbished’?
A situation where there would be lawlessness in the sense that the law
would not be capable of guiding us because of the pros (for) and cons
(against) as contained in the law. That would now take so much time
which would lead Nigeria to a discussion table. Where would you and I be
at that time?
What can you say about APC and PDP?
In body we can call it APC and PDP but in spirit, they are one and the
same thing. I am yet to see the difference. I am looking forward to
seeing the difference.
With the situation in the country today and the agitation on 2015,
what advice do you have for politicians not to create more tension in
the polity and what is the way out?
The advice – many of us need to leave politics while many others need to
join in order to inject fresh blood. The people that need to leave
politics are not the common people. This is in order to avert the
disaster that could rubbish our democracy.
SOURCE: New Telegraph