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Call to Cardinal Arinze, CAN, Church leaders to emulate life & leadership of Jesus

By C. K. Ekeke

A call to Cardinal Arinze, CAN and Church leaders to emulate the life and leadership of Jesus Christ

Recently, a video of a young Biafran who approached His Eminence Francis Arinze for an interview regarding the quest for Biafra freedom was published online. Thousands have watched that video and reactions to what Cardinal Arinze said have not been pleasant. Arinze is a Biafran and a Cardinal in the Catholic Church. He is a citizen of Holy See and resides at the Vatican City in Rome.

First, the interview setting was simply awkward. Cardinal Arinze spoke to Indigenous People of Biafra media at the hall-way not in his office.

Second, the answers that this Biafran Cardinal gave to these young Biafrans about their quest for freedom from Nigeria was highly disappointing and embarrassing.

The agitation to restore the Republic of Biafra is not a call for war. That the young generation of Biafrans did not witness the civil war in 1967-1970 does not mean that they will have to remain in bondage in Nigeria where they are treated like conquered people and slaves by the Hausa-Fulani and Yoruba. The Cardinal ought to know that Biafrans are God’s children and for them to be enslaved by the uncircumcised Hausa-Fulani Moslems is a curse and abomination.

Also this past week, the Church of Nigeria (CAN) leadership issued a statement that they are under pressure to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari for his second-term win. Why would CAN be under pressure to congratulate a man who conducted the most heinous and fraudulent presidential election in the history of Nigeria.

CAN witnessed the 2019 elections and saw the hundreds of lives that were massacred during the elections conducted by a militarized INEC with full support of APC and the incumbent. The 2019 elections should have been treated as a national tragedy. In any civilized nation, the elections would have been cancelled and riggers and killers prosecuted and sent to prison. But not in a lawless and corrupt Nigeria. Why would CAN be pressured to congratulate a president whose identity is in serious doubt? Is CAN telling the gullible and coward Nigerian citizens that the presidency can pressure them to support crime, fraud and slaughter of innocent citizens?

CAN’s statement is quite shameful and their actions evil. Just this week and shockingly, CAN leadership met with President Buhari in Aso Rock to congratulate him without any repudiation of the president or rebuke against the mayhem that were perpetrated by soldiers and police during the elections. How can such a coward and corrupt religious organization fight for Christians in Nigeria?

In Nigeria today, Buhari and his Fulani are pursuing satanic agenda – to completely Islamize the country. Christians are being massacred in their hundreds by a combination of Islamic government, terrorist military, Boko haram, Fulani herdsmen and Miyetti Allah. Grazing and cattle colony have commenced in many States and communities. That was exactly the same tactics and strategy that were deployed to Islamize Turkey, Egypt, Syria and other nations to enthrone Islam.

Yet CAN, Cardinal Arinze and other so-called pastors and prophets are not speaking out against these killings, massacre, slaughter, terrorism, and jihad upon the people.

Cardinal Arinze has never spoken against the massacre and slaughter of Christians – especially the faithful Catholics and Anglicans in Nigeria including the Ozubulu Catholic Church massacre near his home town. He has not uttered a word to condemn evil and wickedness being perpetrated by Hausa-Fulani herdsmen and Yoruba against his people.

He has not spoken against the hundreds of Catholic churches being bombed and destroyed in the Northern Nigeria including Jos massacre, the Miss World massacre, the Mubi massacre and 2011 Christmas massacre at Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger state where brains of children were blown out.

His Eminence has never spoken out against the beheadings and massacres meted upon the innocent people of Nimbo and Uzo Uwani communities in Enugu by Fulani herdsmen.

Cardinal Arinze was made a bishop at the dawn of civil war and yet all these years after, he does not see the horrific situation of his people in Islamic Nigeria.

Since the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, the Igbos have been oppressed, marginalized and massacred in Nigeria. In the 1929, the colonial master – British Empire massacred Ndigbo.

In 1945, Igbos were massacred in their thousands in Nigeria.

In 1966, hundreds of thousands of Igbos were slaughtered in Northern Nigeria.

During the three-year genocidal civil war, 3.5 million Biafrans mostly women and children were decimated in the former Eastern Nigeria with economic block-aid, hunger, and disease.

Until today, Biafrans – mostly Igbos are still being oppressed and killed all over Nigeria.

The Southeast and South-south are treated like conquered territories with military checkpoints all over a peaceful region. Igbos are being killed at every single provocation by the Islamic terrorist army and police.

Is the Cardinal not hearing or reading about what is going on in Lagos? The deportation of Igbos from Lagos to Onitsha in Southeast and yet we say we are one-Nigeria. Today, Igbo businesses and properties are being destroyed or locked up in Lagos.

CAN, Cardinal Arinze and other clergymen do not see the massacre of Christians in Southern Kaduna on daily basis. What about Benue – where the Fulani herdsmen have over run the indigenes and taken over the displaced communities in Lower Benue.

The foreigners are seeing these atrocities against Christians in Nigeria and commenting about them but Pope Benedict – the so-called Vicar of Christ, Cardinal Arinze, CAN and other clergymen in Nigeria do not see these massacres or uttered any word of condemnation against this heinous and senseless slaughter of Christians in Nigeria. But the Pope is quick to condemn and offer condolences for the killings of Muslims in a Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand recently. But, no condemnation and condolences for the thousands of Christians being massacred in Nigeria on daily basis. This is satanic conspiracy. Which Jesus and God are these people worshipping?

Since Buhari came into power in 2015, the Fulani herdsmen have been kidnapping, raping young girls, married women, mothers, and massacring innocent and helpless Nigerian citizens in various communities in Benue, Enugu, kogi, Taraba, Delta, Edo, Ondo, Plateau, Adamawa, etc., with impunity.

President Muhammadu Buhari – who swore an oath to defend the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria and protect the citizens has not condemned the mayhem being perpetrated by his Fulani people. Instead, he is governing ruthlessly and lawlessly.

As far as I know, I have not read or heard of any arrest or confrontation of these illiterate uncircumcised Fulani murderers by Nigerian soldiers or military.

Despite all these mayhem, killings, massacres, and slaughter of Ndigbo in Nigeria, Cardinal Arinze, CAN and other self-appointed prophets have not come out boldly to condemn evil and wickedness. What a shame!

Cardinal Arinze and CAN do not see the satanic plan to Islamize Nigeria by Hausa-Fulani and Yoruba co-conspirators. The Cardinal does not know or believe that one-Nigeria does not exist and will never exist. The Cardinal and CAN feign ignorance about Islam that do not believe in democracy and will never practice tenets of democracy – because Sharia is supreme to the constitution.

The problem today is that both the Church and Christianity are in serious crisis. The Church which is a great and very important institution on earth has lost its glory and mission – while Christianity lost its dignity and value.

The Church ought to be the custodian of the divine truth of God’s Word and was entrusted with the moral responsibility to proclaim and teach these truths to the people. The Church was supposed to uphold the honor, glory and authority of Christ on earth, but instead upholding this divine mandate with dignity, the Church and her leaders have been deceived and trampled upon by demons of antichrist and cultic and pharisaic associations where the presence of God is completely absent and self and pride are enthroned.

Therefore, what we have today are Church buildings where sin, wickedness, witchcraft and all manners evil are practiced and people accept it so; multimillion dollar buildings and temples where the spirit of Christ is nonexistent and Satan himself is enthroned on the altar. No wonder atrocities and exploitations of gullible worshipers such as the ones we read in our newspapers and watch on television are the order of the day.

Christianity – perhaps the only faith apart from Judaism that makes more sense is currently in serious crisis. Dr. Hank Hanegraaf, president of Christian Research Institute in California, in his book, “Christianity in Crisis” prophetically and passionately argued that modern-day Christianity is in crisis. He said that the Church has undergone a major transformation and that millions of Christians have embraced another gospel, another Jesus, a gospel of false promises of prosperity, wealth, healing, signs and wonders. He attributes the problem to lack of sound biblical training and Seminary education. George Barna, the famous Church consultant, researcher and writer, also supports Dr. Hanegraaf postulations that the Church is dying due to lack of sound Bible teachers and strong Church leadership.

Christianity is no longer an intellectual exercise in an age of prosperity gospel. Christianity has lost its moral mandate and mission. Today, the gospel message, the good news of the kingdom is perverted. What we have nowadays is another gospel, a false gospel, and a religious syncretism. “The gospel teaching that subtly implies and often overtly states that God wants you to be rich is a false gospel,” writes Pastor Jim Bakker, a former prosperity preacher and proponent of “God wants you rich theology,” who dwindled his parishioners millions of dollars and later while serving term in prison, he diligently read and studied the Scripture and God opened his understanding. That teaching he says, does not lineup with the tenets of the Holy Scriptures. It is another gospel – another Jesus, in fact, a gospel of Satan and message of hell fire – a prosperity-tinged Pentecostalism.”

The Church is no longer a place to educate minds and expand hearts but a market-place and a business center and 419 scheme designed to dwindle and deceive the gullible and weak in the society.

The Anglican Theologian, The Rev. Dr. Peter C. Moore, wrote, “The Church that God cherishes is one that is “Evangelical in Teaching, Catholic in Sacrament, Reformed in Doctrine, Charismatic in Ministry Gifts, and Liberal in Ethos and Global in Scope.”

Anything else is just humanistic and designer church and religion.

I will add that we have Christianize God and Churchnize Christ. One comforting truth is that God is not a Christian. God is not a Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Pentecostal, Jehovah Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventist, etc.

I AM WHO I AM’ according to Exodus 3:14 says Yahweh. “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

Another comforting truth is that Jesus did not start any church. Jesus started and led a movement. Frequently, he attended the Temple where he read the Torah and taught the people including the religious and political elites of his day. At one occasion, he cursed and called the Pharisees and Sadducees brood of vipers, evil snakes and liars. In his betrayal, trials and crucifixion, Caiaphas – the High priest, Herod the King and Pilate – the Roman general – all conspired to crucify Him.

Jesus spoke truth to powers of his day. No wonders, enemies – the Sadducees, Pharisees, Jewish tax collectors, saboteurs, betrayers and Roman rulers all conspired to crucify Jesus. The Roman general, Pontius Pilate questioned Jesus’ claim that he is the truth (John 18:37). Pilate in his heart did not consider Jesus guilty of any crime – but the saboteurs, religious and political elites wanted Jesus crucified. The religious zealots, the political elites and colonial master will always conspire to kill the truth

There is no doubt that the Christian faith has lost its value, respect and dignity.

C. S. Lewis, the famous Oxford apologist for the faith, wrote:

“We must return to Christianity in order to preserve the things we value. But we cannot return to Christianity at all unless the thing we value above all else is Christ….. Otherwise, we are in effect, asking to save our idols for us.”

Christianity must restore its credibility and purpose. Church leaders must restore their confidence, trust and credibility, otherwise one day they will appear before the judgment seat of Christ and account for what they have done with the souls entrusted in their care.

There is a Biafran adage that says, “All we do on earth, we will account for kneeling in heaven.”

Let those who have ears, hear the Word of the Living God.

Church leaders must also emulate the life, mission, ministry and leadership of Jesus whom they claim to follow. These clergymen should not confuse their calling with profession and worldly wealth, riches and selfish desires.

Jesus clearly understood His calling by Almighty God and He fulfilled it to the letter. The Apostles Paul despite being a former persecutor of Christians and the church spent hours and days debating Scriptures with the most brilliant of his day – The Greek philosophers of his day.

The call of God is not always associated with leading a Church or religious organization. It’s not even about salvation or being called to the work of Ministry as priest, pastor, or bishop.

If you read and study the Bible very carefully, you will notice that God called different people to various activities and assignments – some to be Wise Counselors (Daniel), as Leaders (Joseph, Moses, Joshua), as Kings (David, Solomon), as Military Warriors (Joshua, Samson, Deborah, Jehoshaphat), as Missionaries (Abraham, Paul), as Judges (Deborah, Gideon), as kingdom Builders (Jesus), as Revolutionaries (Jesus), as Pro-creators (Adam &Eve ), and off-course many were called to be Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Bible Teachers.

If you study carefully the call of men and women like Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Jonah, Deborah, Gideon, Samson, Ruth, Esther, David, Nehemiah, Jehoshaphat, Isaiah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, John the Baptist, Jesus, Apostles, Paul, etc., you will notice that they all were called by God to free people from injustice, oppression, bondage and to call them to a life of righteousness, joy and happiness.

The call of God is a call to purpose and destiny. It is a call that moves the called and people of God from success to significance. It is a calling that empowers the called to speak truth to power. Ultimately, God’s call is a calling to speak against injustice, proclaim righteousness in the land and warn the people about the judgement of God. It is a call to move society to a new way of thinking and living.

Since the beginning of time, true prophets of God and genuine spiritual leaders have always denounced sin, wickedness, and injustice by calling the nation’s political leaders to rule in the fear of God and to work to provide a just and fair society.

During the prophetic ministry of Isaiah who reigned during the time of Kings Uzziah, Jotham and Hezekiah, you will read that those kings were extremely wicked kings with exception of King Hezekiah, who ruled with the fear of God. Kings Uzziah and Jotham abused the power of their office and led the people astray. They crushed the poor for their own profit.

First, Prophet Isaiah challenged the rebellious people of Jerusalem and gullible Judah to repent of their sins and turn to God. He called on the people to clean up their acts. Isaiah denounced Judah for her idolatry and immorality and called for national repentance, prayer, and fasting.

Second, Prophet Isaiah rebuked the kings and rulers for their social injustice and called on the politicians to restore a just and fair society otherwise God’s judgment and destruction would come suddenly.

Third, Prophet Isaiah believed that God has something to say about Judah’s foreign policy and as God’s representative and ambassador to the Kings of Judah – Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah; he warned them about entering into an unholy alliance with Assyria.

Biblical history records Moses as Israel’s greatest leader and prophet. The Bible teaches that only John the Baptist and Jesus were greater than Moses (Matthew 11:11; Hebrew 3). He was a heroic leader and his greatest leadership legacy was that he delivered the Israelites from oppression and slavery in the hands of Pharaoh, King of Egypt. He also gave them the laws that form the foundation of every nation today – social, dietary, religious, moral, and civic.

Joshua, Moses protégée, not only spied the Land of Canaan and believed that Israel could conquer it, but he led the Israelites into conquering the fortified Land of Canaan, a Land flowing with milk and honey.

Nehemiah left gave up his comfortable and wealthy position in Persia, and returned to his fractured nation and rallied against all forces of opposition to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. This is what Ndigbo and all Biafrans in Diaspora should be doing to support the effort to restore their God-given country before it is overrun by Islamic Nigeria.

Micaiah, a valiant and solitary prophet was not intimidated, but challenged the established religious and political order of his time. Without favor or fear, he delivered unpalatable messages to the nation when all the prophets during his era were lying to King Ahab to seek his favor. Prophet Micaiah spoke the truth without caring whose ox was gored.

My aim in this article is not to analyze the cowardly answers of the Cardinal and shameful statement and congratulations offered to Buhari by CAN but to call these clergymen and church leaders that they have a moral obligation to emulate the life and leadership of Jesus Christ whom they claim to follow.

Cardinal Arinze a Biafran, who is a highly placed in the Catholic Church has what it takes to speak truth to power. He commands enormous influence in Christendom and his words matter globally. Moreover, he has the moral obligation and godly authority to speak on the freedom of his people who are being slaughtered in Nigeria. Like his predecessors and other religious leaders have done for their people and are still doing today; he can make tremendous impact on the horrible condition of Ndigbo and entire Biafran people in Nigeria.

Let me cite a few examples:

In the 1980’s late Pope John Paul II singlehandedly freed his home country – Poland from the grip of former evil empire Soviet Union and socialism. Working with the former President of the United States – Late Ronald Reagan and former British Prime Minister – Late Margaret Thatcher, John Paul II was able to free Poland and other former socialist European countries from socialism to capitalist economy that they enjoy today.

John Paul II was not only a moral leader but a courageous political strategist and brilliant theologian. He travelled extensively around the world calling nations and their leaders to social justice and to respect the dignity of work and labor wages. He transformed and repositioned the Catholic Church – creating a religious alliance that would bring together Jews, Muslims and Christians in a great religious armada. He established Pro-Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and appointed Francis Arinze – then Archbishop to head it in 1984–1985.

The late Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun who left her wealth family heritage in North Macedonia, one of the States of the former Yugoslavia in Europe and devoted her life to serving the poor and destitute in Calcutta, India and around the world. She spent many years in India where she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation devoted to helping those in great need. She was a fighter for the poor, diseases and spoke boldly against poverty and social injustice.

The late Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was an Indian religious Hindu guru and political activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British colonial rule. Ghandi is known as the Father of the Indian nation and today he is worshipped. He employed nonviolent civil disobedience to lead India to independence from the evil British Empire and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. His nonviolent approached is now used worldwide including the great American civil right leader – Martin Luther King Jr., South Africa great leader – Mandela, Tibetan Dalai Lama and off-course, today Mazi Nnamdi Kanu – leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is applying the same strategy.

South Africa’s anti-apartheid activist and international icon of freedom fighter and former president of South African – the late President late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who became the first Black man to serve as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Through his non violent approach and indomitable spirit, he overcame the worst racist and apartheid regime of South Africa having spent nearly 27 years in prison. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation. During his five-year presidency and inspirational leadership, South Africa made tremendous progress politically, economically and socially. He broke down the barriers of racist apartheid policies and turned South Africa into the biggest economy in Africa and had the most stable democratic government in Africa. With his inspirational leadership, South Africa hosted the first ever held and only world cup soccer FIFA competition in 2010.
Nelson Mandela defeated the apartheid regime of South Africa because of his impregnable spirit, courage, strength and personal integrity. Mandela courageously stood against apartheid and won an insurmountable war against racist apartheid regime and discrimination.
The courageous and brilliant Anglican theologian – Archbishop Desmond Tutu – one of South Africa’s most well-known human rights activists, winning the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid. He also chaired the racial reconciliation council initiated by Mandela. Throughout the period Mandela was imprisoned, Archbishop Tutu spoke out and campaigned for the end of racist South Africa apartheid regime.

Dalai Lama a Nobel Peace Prize and protégé of Mahatma Gandhi is a Tibetan and religious leader of Buddha, currently lives in India as a religious-political refugee. He has travelled the world and for years has spoken out against the oppression and welfare of Tibetans in China, environment, economics, women’s rights, non-violence, and interfaith dialogue.

The prophet and civil right icon, the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prophetically and courageously inspired the United States of America and the world to judge people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. His powerful oratory and courageous leadership freed an entire nation from hate, bigotry and self-destruction and gave millions freedom and hope around the world.

Rev. Billy Graham did not pastor or erect any Church, yet he spread the Gospel around the world and became perhaps the greatest evangelist of our time. He met and advised many world leaders during his evangelistic ministry. He also spoke against injustice and unrighteousness in the land.

Even Pope Francis, as an Archbishop, was a religious and political activist who spoke against oppression, repression, corruption and evil in his home country Argentina.

These and many more are few of the clergymen, religious and political activists who liberated their people from injustice and oppression.

Cardinal Arinze has held many offices in the Vatican since he became a Cardinal including Pro-Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from 1984 to 1985 and President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from 1985–2002. But during all those years, he held such strategic jobs, he never organized any dialogue between Christians and Islam in Africa or even in Nigeria that I can remember.

Today, Islam continues to be the main persecutor of Christians all over the world and especially in Africa. Thousand of Christians are dying under Islamic persecution in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

In the continent of Africa, religious violence and ethnic cleansing are enormous. Africa has been called a “Bloody Continent.” Africa is a battleground between Islam, Christianity and traditional religions. Muslims kill Christians each day in Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi. Religious and ethnic killings have decimated nations like Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Somali, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Liberia, etc. Muslims with the help of repressive government have decimated their Christian population in Senegal, Rwanda, Sudan, Syria and Algeria in order to make their nation a 100% Islamic state. Islamic fundamentalists kill and execute hundreds of women every year for unveiling their face or any sensitive body publicly. Women who commit adultery are stoned to death while Muslim men marry as many wives as they want. What a hypocrisy.

Now, let us examine briefly the life and mission of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was born to free people from oppression and bondage of sin.

Jesus Himself said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me… to let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18)

Jesus was born during the time Roman Empire ruled the world. Caesar Augustus has just been made the official ruler of the Roman Empire in 27 B.C. and he ruled until A.D. 14. Luke 2:2 recorded that, “this was the census that took place before Quirinius was governor of Syria and Quirinius, the Roman governor of Syria reigned in A.D. 6-7, and Mathew records that after Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea during the time of King Herod. King Herod reigned in Jerusalem until 4. B.C. So, Jesus must have been born between 27 – 4 B.C.

Jesus was a great teacher, moral reformer and political activist. More than any other factor that formed his political activism, was the Roman colonial occupation of Israel, the grisly torture and horrific victimization of his people, the mass lynching and horrific massacre at Sepphoris – a city near Nazareth where Jesus was born, that created the setting for the formative years of Jesus and a political activism, revolutionary and reformer.

Throughout the Gospel passages, we read and see Jesus, who delivered many teaching and preaching to address the social, economic, political conditions of his day and their terrible effects upon the lives of his people. Jesus was a master teacher, political strategist and revolutionary leader, who presented a manifesto, an empowering and inspirational resource for actions and policies to transform societies into kingdom of justice and righteousness in which all of God’s children, regardless of color, creed, or national origin, can have life, and that in abundance, in every sphere of living. The Gospel of John reminds us that Jesus came not to condemn the world but to save it.

Jesus ministry was whole – teaching, preaching, healing, social, economic justice and political activism and emancipation of the oppressed.

Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45

Jesus was called and sent to bring light to the dying world and to lay down his life for Kingdom’s sake. Jesus spoke to the political and religious elites, as well as the Roman authorities of his day more than he preached to people about going to heaven.

The prophet Isaiah prophesized hundreds of years about the religious, political activism of Jesus when he wrote,

“For to us a son is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace, there is will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this” (Isiah 9:6-7).

The Isaiah passage sums up Jesus as a religious leader, a freedom fighter, a political activist and revolutionary leader.

In today’s watered-down Christianity and prosperity gospel, the picture of the non-political Jesus who never challenged the horrors of Roman Empire is the legacy of Roman Emperor Constantine, who officially transformed the faith founded upon the teachings of Jesus from the radical faith of the oppressed to the official religion of the oppressor.

As religious leaders, let us emulate the life and leadership of the political Jesus. Let us embrace the mission and ministry of the greatest religious-political reformer of all time. God’s call and agenda are more than winning people to Christ. It involves managing his earthly resources so that God’s people can live peacefully, justly, joyfully, happily, orderly and purposefully. And this is the function of the government and without an active role and support of the religious leaders and church institution, God’s agenda for earthly kingdom will not materialize and Jesus will not return to earth any time soon.

Proverbs 29:2 states, “When the righteous rule the people rejoice, when the wicked rule, the people suffer.”

Nigerians and most of Sub-Sahara Africa are suffering immensely because the wicked are in authority. The church has a duty to free God’s people from this oppression, bondage and injustice.

The slavery treatment of Ndigbo in Nigeria must be confronted now. Our existence is meaningless if we cannot have the freedom and opportunity to live our lives to our God-given potential – individually or collectively. It is time brave Igbo sons and daughters wake-up from their slumber to confront this satanic attack carefully designed by the Islamic Nigerian State – especially the political-religious jihad of Hausa/Fulani/Yoruba and their British friends to marginalize, destabilize our land and destroy our destiny. All true Biafrans MUST wake up from their slumber to re-negotiate their continued co-habitation and destiny in today’s Nigeria.

Let me add this final thought. The Biafra State we are seeking – though will have freedom of press, religion, association, etc., must be a Judeo-Christian nation. We will have disciplined political systems, lawful and visionary government and a regulated religious institutions. We cannot have the mess we see today in Nigeria. The church and all religious organizations must be regulated very well. We cannot have lawless in the church.

May God open our eyes, enlighten our minds and help us to forge the necessary unity and foster the divine love required to confront this dastardly satanic agenda to Islamize or decimate us all in Nigeria.

The Rev. Dr. C. K. Ekeke, is a theologian, author, activist and leadership scholar. He is the founder and president of Leadership Wisdom Institute.

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