By Ikora Ayungbe, Uyo
Foremost evangelist, Rev Uma Ukpai, has asked Christians in the country to sacrifice their dinner for 200 days to end the recent upsurge of killing of Christians in the country by ravaging armed herdsmen.
Rev Ukpai, who is the founding father of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) said, “if we must turn our lamentation into laughter, Christian should sacrifice their dinner for 200 nights, back it up with prayers this carnage will end.
Ukpai who is the founder of the 48-year-old Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Association said the weapon of Christians is prayers and fasting. He urged Christians to sleep hungry for 200 days and pray and await the hand of God.
He told correspondents in Uyo Tuesday that it was unfair that Christians in the country are treated like minorities and are not being given their rightful place and respect despite their numerous contribution to the growth and development of the country.
He regretted that cows are now valued over the life of Christians in parts of the country and called on authorities to rise up to the challenge and demonstrate sincerity in the fight against frequent attack of Christians by alleged herdsmen in the country. “The frequent killing of Christians by people alleged to be herdsmen is like telling us that cows are now more valuable than Christians.
“Nobody is supposed to lose his life because of cows. It is painful that cows are now preferred over human beings in Nigeria.
“But for Christians, the solution is for all believers in the country to give up their dinner for 200 nights and pray for God to fight for them and it will work. Let us ask God to fight for us and He will.” Ukpai said.
He regretted that most Christians in the country remain ignorant of God’s abilities through prayer and also doubt the capacity and anointing of men of God saying that “though we are equal in fellowship, we are not equal in anointing”.
Ukpai also described as unfortunate excuses by government at all levels in Nigeria on why they have been unable to meet up with the challenges of the masses. According to him, “a man of excuse is a man of failure and as long as the government cannot take care of our challenges then there is no future for the country.”
He said that Nigerians should not expect anything good from the general elections next year because “the incoming leaders will still be corrupt because the entire system is corrupt.
On the agitation for dividing Nigeria the seasoned evangelist maintained that splitting the country is not the solution to her problems adding that the country’s unity should rather be her strength. “Splitting Nigeria is not the answer to our problems rather we should confront our challenges. Nigeria can achieve more by being together.
The problem is that we don’t just love ourselves. Places like Europe are even talking of integrating and coming together. “The problem again is that Nigerians do not want to pay the price for success. Leaders must be willing to serve selflessly and Nigerians who want that should also be willing to be responsible and pay their tax and leaders without the heart for the people should not be allowed to lead.” He said.
Ukpai maintained that the government’s fight against corruption remained “all commotion without motion” adding that “since nobody has been convicted and punished then nothing is happening”.
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