BY ETOP EKANEM
LAGOS — A cleric, Prophet Chris Okafor, has blamed the evils bedevilling the country on the FESTAC 77 celebration during the military regime of Olusegun Obasanjo in 1977 which he said was like handing over the country to idols.
Okafor, who is the General Overseer of Liberation City Ministry, said many were quick to put blames on Boko Haram, adding: “Is Boko Haram also responsible for the incessant kidnapping in the South-South, the corruption permeating the society, high incidence of robberies and other social evils bedevilling the country?”
He made these assertions during his service thanksgiving at the church headquarters in Ojodu-Berger area of Lagos and in remembrance of his kidnap last year in the south-eastern part of the country during which one of his police orderlies was killed.
Okafor said the nation’s problem could actually be traced to 1977 “when the then Head of State, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, invited people to bring their idols from different parts of the world to Nigeria in the name of celebrating FESTAC 77.
The idols represented different things. What Ogun, the Yoruba god of iron and war, does is different from what Obatala or Egbesu does. If you are dedicated to Ogun, you are likely to be hot-tempered.“
He said our leaders must humble themselves and go to God for counselling. According to him, President Goodluck Jonathan should call ministers of God and seek their advice, noting: “Just as Obasanjo gathered different idols in 1977 in Nigeria and glorified them, Christians too, with the support of the President, must gather, raise a standard and cleanse the land of all ties and association with idols.”