By Augustine Ehikioya
With few days to the inauguration of the administration of the President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu scheduled for 29th of May, 2023, Pastor Chukwuma Nwokocha of the Chukwuma Nwokocha Ministry has appealed to aggrieved politicians and Nigerians to give peace a chance.
He spoke with Security Watch Africa (SWA) at the end of his programme entitled ‘Divine Intervention/Peace in Nigeria’ held on Saturday in Abuja.
According to him, Nigerians have suffered enough and should be allowed to enjoy the peace they rightfully deserve.
He said “When you talk of politicians that are aggrieved, they are not more aggrieved than us. We are the citizens, we are the ones going through a lot of things.
I think the message we need is they need to calm down, we need peace in our country, we need togetherness in our country.
“You cannot gain anything without peace and unity. Fighting each other will not give us anything. We need to come together as one Nation. I think the only thing I need to tell them is, please we need them to calm down and let’s do things with peace,” he stated.
Pastor Nwokocha also urged the incoming government to carry every Nigerian along irrespective of his or her religion and tribe, just like his Ministry has been giving out its welfare packages to the less privileged without consideration of their religion or tribe.
“I think the first thing is to unite us. Both Christians and Muslims, we need to be united. If you can gain that, you have gotten everything. It should also make sure that this country is ruled with unity, peace and equality.
“Everybody must be able to be part of this leadership. That’s the only way the country can work. Not one-sided. If you really want to do it well, everybody really needs to get involved, you don’t discriminate.
“If you look at what we are doing in this Ministry, we bring everybody. We are showcasing unity. So, whoever is going to be the leader of this country, they should come and learn from us. We don’t discriminate whether you are a Christian or a Muslim. When we go to the IDPs, we can’t separate the Christians from the Muslims, we cannot. Even the School of the Blind, we cannot separate the Christians from the Muslims.
“So, we are showing them what is called love. We believe they should learn from us, not politics of hatred, politics of killing each other. Let us enjoy this country God has given to us. There is a lot in this country,” he added.
On what inspired him to embark on the programme, he said “When you look at what is going on around the world and what the scriptures says about touching the less privileged. It is scriptural and we do what the Lord says we should do. And that’s why we are giving, that’s why we are touching lives. We have been surviving on this with people partnering with us.”
Speaking during the programme, which was attended by groups of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Widows and Children from the FCT School for the Blind, Pastor Nwokocha said “Any attempt against our lives will never stand. They want to divide us, but God says no. You cannot divide us when God has unite us. You can only try your best.
“This country will never scatter, instead they will scatter. The enemies of this Nation will scatter. God will put confusion in the camps of enemies of Nigeria.”
Stressing that many Nigerians have been praying for peace and togetherness, he said Nigeria needs divine intervention.
Citing Exodus chapter 3, verses 7 and 8, he said “God has seen the suffering of the people, He said He will come down in this country to save us.”
If not for God, he said, this country would have long ago be divided.
He added “Not only did He say He will come, He will take us to the city of joy. We need peace in this country.
“Let the will of God come to pass. The time has come for Him to do what He wants to do.
“One of those that wants to destroy this country will be taken away in seven days time,” he stated.
Two students from the FCT School for the Blind had earlier given ministration at the event.
One of the students, Winnie Manfa, while giving ministration on divine intervention, gave instances in the Holy Bible where God intervened in the affairs of man, and declared that “With our faith and prayer together, there will be divine intervention in Nigeria.”
Speaking with SWA at the end of the programme, she thanked and prayed for the Chukwuma Nwokocha Ministry for all it has been doing for the School including the bags of rice received during the programme.
The second student, David Nzam, during ministration on peace and unity, cited 2nd Corinthians chapter 13, verse 11, and harped on the need for us to work in one spirit, in love and peace.
He said “Where there is peace, there is joy, cooperation, happiness and love. It is a must for us to work in peace and unity. Nigeria is all we got and our hope.
“No matter your religion, tribe, let’s come together and build Nigeria,” he said.
The Leader of the Widows group in the Pastor Chukwuma Nwokocha Ministry, Mrs. Rita Egbum, while speaking with SWA, said the ministry should be called happy ministry as it is putting smiles on their faces and on other groups.
She prayed that Almighty God continues to take the ministry and its partners to greater heights.
A member of the IDPs, Fatima Abubakar, also thanked the ministry for its show of love.
“I’ve been in Abuja for more than ten years and the rich people in Abuja have not shown us any support like what we are getting from this ministry.” She stated.
She prayed for more blessings and favour for the Pastor and the ministry.
Highpoint of the event was when the IDPs, the widows and children from the FCT School for the Blind linked their hands together with the Pastor to pray for Nigeria and all the security agencies.
The programme also lifted up the names of God in praises, worship songs and dancing by the people from the IDP camps, widows and children from the FCT school for the blind, comprising Christians and Muslims.
Bags of rice and other food items were also shared to the IDPs, widows and the children from the School for the blind.