Pastor Chris Okotie of the Household of God Church on Sunday laid the blame of underdevelopment and poverty in Nigeria at the doorstep of poor leadership.
He spoke at the special Sunday service conducted to mark Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary.
Addressing a large congregation, most of whom turned out in green and white attires, he said that successive administrations have showed poor understanding of the Nigerian situation by investing more on exploitation of resources rather than harnessing the full potential of its people.
Okotie canvassed for true federalism and said that he was against the constituents breaking away.
While advising the federal government to make efforts towards building a nation and not just a country, he proposed what he termed ‘sacrificial governance’, which calls on leaders to take the lead in terms of making sacrifices that would see the country through economic downturn.
He opined that while change is a welcome mantra, ‘it must begin with the leadership.’
Okotie called the devaluation of the Naira a ‘mistake’ and said that there was not much President Buhari could do because ‘politicians had hijacked the democratic space.’ He cautioned that managers of Nigeria must learn to make haste slowly as it was wrong to pursue development at the pace of some industrialized nations.
“The economy isn’t really an issue with God. I foresee God’s intervention if our leaders make righteousness a cardinal objective. Nigeria will be the world’s greatest if our leaders do the right thing,” he said.
He warned the Buhari administration against spending too much time on ‘finger pointing’, and canvassed a ‘pan-Nigerian philosophy’ to managing the Nigerian economic crisis.
He said he would turn down any invitation to be part of the current government and that his quest for political leadership was on hold as ‘there is a timing to it.’
Delving into church politics, he picked holes in the way the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) was administered under Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. “Ayo demystified CAN, banalized it by openly hobnobbing with former President Goodluck Jonathan. Ayo compromised”, he said.
Meanwhile, Okotie had harsh words for Hillary Clinton, the candidate of the Democratic Party in the forthcoming US elections. Apparently towing the stance of US Evangelicals, he said, “Clinton is of the anti-Christ, a stooge of the illuminati.”
Before rounding up the special church service, he called on members with relatives in the US to vote Donald Trump, candidate of the Republican Party saying, “Christianity is finished if Clinton wins.”
While admonishing the congregation on how God picks leaders, he alluded to his former wives and said “God had no hand in the two women I married. I only sought God’s intervention when I found myself in a fix concerning relationship. “God, he said, does not look at the background of individuals but in their ability to deliver on the tasks he wants them to accomplish.”
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