Thursday, January 1, 2015 2:24 pm
The Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence Samuel Kanu Uche has said that the Nigeria is drifting from the kingdom of God as evident in the multifaceted challenges facing the country.
In his goodwill message to Nigerians for the New Year made available by the Church’s Media and Public Relations Officer, Rev. Oladapo Emmanuel Daramola, the Prelate said “it is apparent that the Nation is drifting from the kingdom of God as evident in what seem to be a helpless situation confronting her. These situations are enemies which include home grown terrorism, infrastructural decay, economic saboteurs, deepening corrupt practices in the formal and informal sectors, religious extremism and fundamentalism, flagrant disrespect for the rule of Law and a complete collapse of our social values and moral ethics”.
“The Kingdom of God as we know it to be is that which promotes peace and tolerance, an egalitarian society where equity, fairness and justice reigns and a place where there is abundance and prosperity especially in a country like ours with vast resources and endless opportunities. However, because of the insatiable and greedy thirst for power and wealth especially by the political elite and those who have lost every human decency and dignity, our Nation continues to drift from the kingdom of God.”
The Prelate, however, said the situation is redeemable only if Nigerians would move closer to God this year and be more prayerful than ever before, stressing that prayer answers all things.
“I firmly believe that this Nation can overcome these humongous challenges confronting her but it will require the prayer of all and sundry and the President and Commander-in-Chief must be prepared to be courageous and provide purposeful and inspiring Leadership at this crucial moment in our National history.
“With fervent and faithful prayers, the elections will go smoothly and there will be no violence no matter how hard the enemies of this Nation try. Just like the biblical Judah that was surrounded by powerful enemies, the prayers of the people of that Nation were answered by God and their enemies were defeated totally.”
He then called on politicians to commit themselves to the worthy cause of Nation building as Nigerians are suffering unjustly in the midst of plenty.
He pointed out that the gift of God to this Nation is not for the control of a minority over the majority but for the benefit of all. He said God is a God of justice who will never hold back from fighting for the oppressed.
The Prelate said there will be relative peace in the country in the New Year but “it is equally important that Nigerians pray without ceasing.”