Prophet bemoans national decay, backwardness, sees hard times ahead
- Says only God can reverse them
Emma Udeagha & Praise Necherem
An Onitsha-based cleric, Prophet Ikenna Ofodile, has expressed regret over the moral decadence in the Nigerian society, blaming it all on indiscipline, poor parenting and the urge to get rich quickly among the youth population.
Ofodile spoke to when the executive of the Anambra State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, paid him a courtesy visit on Tuesday. He identified such indices of decadence as rampant kidnapping, insecurity, banditry and corruption, saying that only God had the solution to them, despite the huge human and material resources the country is endowed with. He regretted that the nation had mindlessly wasted the resources and opportunities through its failure to follow the dictates of God.
The prophet said he felt burdened to reverse those woes, particularly those of the youth, the reason his ministry was organising a three-day conference in search of God’s solution to the woes of the nation and its youth population in areas like divorce, juvenile delinquency and marital challenges.
The chairman of NUJ, Sir Emmanuel Ifesinachi, in his response, decried the declining moral tone in the society and implored the cleric to intercede for the restoration of the nation’s moral values so as to help Nigerian youths to be better equipped to provide future leadership for the nation.
In another development, Prophet Ofodile has reminded Christians that they would experience hard times in life, including attacks, destruction of church buildings and even death, among other evils deeds. This was at a press briefing Tuesday held in his church auditorium, ahead of a three-day convention of the church which would feature prayers for Nigeria, especially for peace, unity, progress and development.
He expressed concern on the spate of killings, destruction of property and the incidence of banditry and terrorism in the country, assuring that God would intervene and show mercy to Nigeria.
He urged Christians and Nigerians in general to imbibe the spirit of God in their lives, saying that, “If we are in tune with the spirit of God, things will go well in Nigeria.
“We are in the world; Christians will be persecuted. God knows about this and we should pray for God’s intervention”, he noted.
“If Nigeria is at peace, there will be industrial explosion; there will be jobs for the youths; everybody will be happy as well as given opportunity to be more united.”