The senior pastor of the Covenant Christian Centre, Poju Oyemade has disclosed that some political leaders of Nigeria are behind calls for the country’s break up.
While noting that they are making the calls for their own selfish reasons, he warned the masses to avoid being used by the leaders for selfish gains.
Though the cleric agreed that all is not well with Nigeria at the moment, adding that the country was not always the way it is currently, he submitted that Nigeria will not break up.
Addressing his congregation on Sunday, Pastor Oyemade noted that the calls for Nigeria’s break up are part of political strategies to gain power and money by some selfish leaders.
“Let me just tell you, this country is not breaking. The reason is that before God does anything in a nation, He calls His people. Even if they have done wrong and He wants to judge them, if He finds intercessors, he will look away from the judgment and correct it without bringing judgment,” he said.
Going back memory lane, Oyemade recalled that ethnic and religious divides were not always as pronounced as they are currently but the leaders of the country made it obvious with their divide and rule strategy.
He warned the masses to avoid being used for violence as those sponsoring them would flee abroad and abandon them in Nigeria if things don’t work out.
“There are many people that are shouting, ‘Destroy! Destroy!’ and using ethnicity to divide this country. Let me tell you, in this same country, from 1969 to 1975, the head of state, General Gowon, was a Christian. The number two man, Admiral Wey, was a Christian. The chief of army staff was a Christian. Nobody shouted,” he said.
“Nigeria was not always like this. The freest and fairest democratic election to date in Nigeria was won by a Muslim presidential candidate and a Muslim vice presidential candidate, and they won Christian states. What suddenly happened to Nigeria? Some political leaders felt the best way to control people, to access money and power was to put wedges between people. So they began to play up the differences between people. It is a political strategy to control the people.
“But when they are sharing money, there is no tribe or religion; they are sharing it behind. So wake up. Don’t let anybody use your head to break anything because when the thing starts, they will be at Murtala Muhammed Airport and before you know it, they will be tweeting at you from London while you will be on the run.
“Don’t start following people who are saying, ‘We will destroy’ because you don’t know what people are cleaning out. This country was established as a business and people have been making money.”