Prophet Godwin Ikuru, the General Overseer of Foundation of Jehovah High Salvation Ministry, a cleric who predicted President Bola Tinubu’s victory in the 2023 presidential election,in this interview, speaks about the unity of Nigeria, peace in the South-East region, among other issues. JOY ANIGBOGU brings the excerpts:…CONTINUE READING
Can you talk about your role in the 2023 general elections?
I’m the only prophet that prophesied and stood by it for two years that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu would become the president of Nigeria. I told the nation that Asiwaju Tinubu’s presidency would bring good opportunities to our nation. I saw our children in the Diaspora coming back home. That means the government would be very good and it’ll solve the problems that past governments weren’t able to solve. One of the signs is the way Tinubu was appointed as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). So he is now the father of all West African countries. That will tell you that God knows what he is doing and that he didn’t make a mistake by choosing him to be the President. What I’m saying to all Nigerians is that this is our time and this is the time that Nigerians would enjoy themselves. I’m congratulating ECOWAS, and my President, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Do you see President Bola Tinubu as an instrument that can unite the whole of West Africa?
I’ve a belief that as he has been appointed as the chairman of ECOWAS, he’ll do well. Responsibilities have been given to him and when you look at our country, you’ll see that we’re not a nation of war. We’re a nation of peace despite what is happening in some states across the country. We know how to handle ourselves. Nigerians know how to call themselves to order. President Tinubu will advise other nations in the region to do what they ought to do. If Tinubu could make Lagos State the attraction of the world, I believe that he’ll add more to the ECOWAS nation through unity and peace to grow the nation.
Do you think Nigeria will reposition herself as the giant of Africa as the country has gone through many challenges over the years?
I saw in a vision that Nigeria was covered, but suddenly, the veil was removed. I saw Nigeria as a big brother to other African countries, and I asked why we do have so many issues in Nigeria. I discovered that Nigeria has gone back to collect what it lost so many years back. Nigeria is the father of Africa. But, over the years, Nigeria behaved like a child. But, God brought out that man that has been the father of democracy to become the chairman of ECOWAS. We should know that Nigeria has been upgraded. Countries such as the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America put us on their black list. Now, rather than having a president, we now have a father, who is well equipped. The President is a vocal person. He is a man of truth. I call him a builder and a master coach. I know he is going to make so many crooked paths to become straight for Nigeria. My prayer is that God should keep him healthy and strengthen him so that he would be able to carry out the responsibilities of being the President of Nigeria and the chairman of ECOWAS.
With some of the policies of President Bola Tinubu, especially the removal of fuel subsidy amongst others, do you see light at the end of the tunnel?
When you make a decision, it would affect the people initially, but in the long run, it would work out well. The fuel subsidy removal is a good one. This was one of the areas where the country was sinking every month. Nigerians should just be patient with him. He’s not sleeping. He is working. He would make sure that despite the fact that fuel price is high as the marketers have increased the prices, things would get back to normal. Nigerians should be patient with him.
There’ve been issues in the South- East before and after the general elections, what is your message to the South Easterners as President Bola Tinubu has taken over power, and some of them believe that it should have been Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party?
I told the nation then that President Bola Tinubu would win. I think Mr. President should call a unity conference. He had achieved victory already. The people of the South-East should put the elections behind them and see the whole thing as the work of God. Tinubu presidency has come to stay m
What of the Monday sit-at-home directive in the South-East that has caused a lot of economic losses to the region, how would you react to that?
The issue of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is technical. He has insulted and disrespected this nation. Releasing him is not the issue now. I believe that the sit-at-home directive is a personal thing. It wasn’t imposed by the government. Every Monday, they call a sit-at-home in the South-East. It is just one man calling it. I’m hoping that the President would look at that area and do something about it.
What is your message to IPOB on the issue?
As a prophet, I want to say that the sit-at-home directive is a demonic affliction in Igboland. It is a demonic directive against the progress of Igboland and a fight against the Igboland. What was the cause of the sit-at-home? It’s because they wanted Biafra and that has not come. Biafra cannot come with hate, fight, destruction or killing. It can only come with understanding. If God says there would be Biafra, it would come. I totally condemn sit-at-home and I say no to the order. Every Monday, markets, schools and banks are shut down in all South-Eastern states. Who is behind the order of sit-at-home? I, the Prophetic hero of democracy, say no to it and that the Igboland is declared free of the sit-at-home.
What do you think the leaders can do to end this?
Members of the Ohaneze Ndigbo are afraid of attacks by unknown gunmen. Now, it’ll be from spiritual warfare to physical warfare. Whosoever that stands to say there is sit-at-home, God will remove the person. There shall be peace in Igboland. Sit-at-home is over from today.
Do you think that the South-Easterners are right about their agitations as they believe that it is their turn to produce the President and they feel that they’ve the least number of states in the country amongst other issues bothering on marginalisation?
You cannot force the government to do anything and I know that loyalty is power. You’ve to play political loyalty. They played their role in the 2023 presidential election as they wanted Mr. Peter Obi to win. God displayed his intelligence and grace towards the election. The issue of who would be the Senate President also occurred. They were saying that someone from the South-East should be the Senate President. But Senator Godswill Akpabio was the first person to step out. Do you now want to destroy someone who invested his strength, money, efforts and ability into the whole thing? You cannot destroy that kind of person. I just want to advise the South Easterners to be obedient and work with the right team. They worked with the teams that lost. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a winning team. We’re still part of the Niger Delta. We’re all brothers. Even the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio has said that he is for everybody. So, the Easterners should not feel that they’re out. We’re all together. The Vice President, Kashim Shettima said that his Chief Protocol Officer is from Anambra State. He picked an Igbo man to work with him.
What is your advice to Mr. Peter Obi and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as they are both in court challenging the victory of President Bola Tinubu?
My advice for them is spiritual advice and it is that they should step out of the court and resolve the issues amicably. Some people wouldn’t understand now, but they would later. Someone like Mr. Peter Obi still has opportunities. He hasn’t insulted Mr. President. He’s only talking about his mandate. At this time, he can still come back and drop the whole thing. He can do like former President Goodluck Jonathan, who went on twitter and congratulated former President Muhammadu Buhari before he became president in 2015. That hour, there was so much tension, but immediately Jonathan twitted, the tension came down. So, it would be better for Mr. Peter Obi to do that rather than wait till he loses in court because I see him losing the case….CONTINUE READING
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