Pastor delivers Independence day message (thenewsguru)
Nigeria celebrated her 57th year of Independence on October 1, 2017.
Many religious leaders marked the occasion by sharing special messages during Sunday sermons. These included Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Bishop David Oyedepo and Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries International.
According to The News Guru, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) General Overseer Worldwide’s special message was titled “Freedom for all.”
While delivering his message, Adeboye urged Nigerians to pray for peace not war, adding that the latter has terrible repercussions.
In his words, “You must not stop praying for Nigeria. Keep praying that there would be no war. The only fellow, who should be talking about war, is somebody who has never seen war.
“During the civil, I was working in Ondo state, and so we were very close to Ore. And of course those of you who are old enough to remember, the toughest battle of the civil war was fought in Ore, and for months after the war was over, there were still skeletons scattered all over in the bush.
“After the war, we took in an Igbo girl; she was supposed to come and be a house help; but we spent three months nursing her back to health because she was so weak, she couldn’t even carry a bottle of coke.
“After we nursed her back to health, physically, we had to nurse her back to mental health. We had to keep on reminding her that the war is over, but she would wake up at night shaking asking “where am I?” “Which side is the army coming from?”
“We had to spend the time to tell her to stop chasing lizards, because, towards the end of the war, they were, according to her, no lizards left in the east, because they were used for food.
“Please, don’t talk about the war. I don’t want war. I don’t want war in Nigeria.”
He added that “If the home is not free, the city is a jungle. If there is no freedom in your home, forget independence in the country.
“There are many many demonic people who are occupying high positions of authority. There are people who control big money, and they are themselves controlled by demons. You must pray God to restore the glory of Nigeria.”
The same sentiments were echoed by the Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel.
Premium Times reports that Oyedepo expressed hope that Nigeria would remain united even in the face of the current challenges.
He said, “The good news is that Nigeria will rise again to glory.
“Nigeria shall not see war; God will visit eternal silence on every religious bigot being used to cause war; there will be no bloodshed in the country.
“Let Nigeria know peace; make this our independence gift; let every religious manipulator be stopped today. We shall not see a war in this country again.
“God has given us peace today for the economic and industrial revolution of Nigeria as a great nation. No agent of the devil will cause problems (for this country).”
These declarations were accompanied by a 30-minute breakfast prayer for the country.
Apostle Suleman also has a powerful Independence day message.
Like the previous church leaders, the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International spoke on unity.
He reminded everyone that this country belongs to everyone while urging people not to be swayed by tribalism.
All three are some of the twelve most remarkable Men of God from 1960 till now.