By Okon BasseyÂ in Uyo
Renowned International Evangelist, Rev. Uma Ukpai has bemoaned Federal Government inability to check insecurity in Nigerian and tasked the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to rise to the challenge and demonstrate sincerity in the fight against corruption, frequent attack and killing in some parts of the country.Â
Rev. Ukpai made the callÂ while fielding questions from reporters in Uyo,Â Akwa Ibom State capital where he expressed worry that under the present administration cows were being valued over the life of human beings especially as Christians were killed almost on daily basis by suspected herdsmen.
â€œThe frequent killing of Christians by people alleged to be herdsmen is like telling us that cows are now more valuable than Christians.
â€œBut I maintain that nobody is supposed to lose his life because of cows. It is painful that cows are now preferred over human beings in Nigeria.
â€œBut for Christians, the solution is for all Believers in the country to give up their dinner for 200 nights and pray for God to fight for them and it will work. Let us ask God to fight for us and He will,â€ Ukpai said.
Ukpai who is the Founder of the 48 years old Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Association regretted that most Christians in the country remained ignorant of Godâ€™s abilities through prayer and also doubt the capacity and anointing of men of God saying that â€œthough we are equal in fellowship but we are not equal in anointingâ€.
Ukpai also described as unfortunate excuses by government at all levels in Nigeria on why they had been unable to meet up with the challenges of the masses.
Â According to him, â€œa man of excuse is a man of failure and as long as the government cannot take care of our challenges then there is no future for the country.â€
He said Nigerians should not expect anything good from the general elections next year because â€œthe incoming leaders will still be corrupt because the entire system is corrupt.
â€œThe solution to a credible leadership is however for everyone above the age of 25 to retire from active politics because they all have eaten the poisoned apple and not fit to rule.
“The ones that are less than 25 are still teachable and may not have been contaminated much by the system. For those ones there should be a school of leadership for them.â€
On the agitation for dividing Nigeria, the seasoned Evangelist maintained that splitting the country was not the solution to her problems, adding that the countryâ€™s unity should rather be her
â€œSplitting Nigeria is not the answer to our problems rather we should confront our challenges. Nigeria can achieve more by being together.
â€œThe problem is that we donâ€™t just love ourselves. Places like Europe are even talking of integrating and coming together.
â€œThe problem again is that Nigerians do not want to pay the price for success. Leaders must be willing to serve selflessly and Nigerians who want that should also be willing to be responsible and pay their tax and leaders without the heart for the people should not be allowed to
lead.â€ He said.
Ukpai maintained that the governmentâ€™s fight against corruption remained â€œall commotion without motionâ€ adding that â€œsince nobody has been convicted and punished then nothing is happeningâ€.