Prophet Francis Otukwu, the General Supervisor of ThankGod Awaited Liberation Ministry in Ikeja, Lagos has warned the Federal Government to be sincere in its approach to the battle against insecurity amid mass hunger and suffering in the land.
According to him, the situation could lead to citizens’ uprising, which he stressed, could make the #EndSARS protest a child’s play.
Prophet Otukwu, who gave the warming during the 15th anniversary of the ministry and commemoration of the Founder, Son of Man ThankGod, Chukwuma’s birthday, cautioned that time was running out for the political leadership, if nothing concrete was done to check the trend.
He stressed that the degree of suffering and starvation in the land, worsened by astronomical rise in cost of living, was becoming too unbearable for the masses, adding, “a hungry man is an angry man.”
He called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to eschew sentiment and listen to the voices of reason from elder statesmen and informed opinion leaders to make room for a meaningful dialogue on ways to promote equity and inclusiveness so as to fast-track economic recovery and halt the current abuse of human rights, leading to unnecessary loss of innocent lives.
This, he noted, was the only way to check the ongoing political agitations and move the country forward, stressing, “The President should approach issues dispassionately as a father figure who was elected by the generality of Nigerians, to discharge his duties faithfully, in accordance with the Nigerian Constitution.
“It is within his power to reconcile all the ethnic groups in the country without placing the interest of one group above others, with a view to strengthening the concept of unity in diversity, in a nation where the life of every Nigerian counts.”
Expatiating on the theme of the event, ‘I am the Vine, you can do nothing without me’ (John 15:5), Prophet Otukwu berated professed Christians among the political class, who “unconscionably collaborate with their colleagues in playing politics with the life and wellbeing of their respective electorates for their selfish interest.”
The cleric stressed that the unprecedented rise in cost of living, which leads to starvation and increasing malnutrition, cannot be separated from the activities of armed herdsmen destroying farms and threatening the life of farmers while security agents look the other way in the South and Middle Belt even as bandits terrorise farming communities in the North-west and parts of North-central.
“That is why I said earlier that the Federal Government has to be sincere and the army and police unbiased in their service to the nation, including the prosecution of the Boko Haram war.”