July 7, 2016

Stop blowing oil pipelines or face the wrath of God, says cleric

Stop blowing oil pipelines or face the wrath of God, says cleric


The General Overseer of Victory Assembly Ministry (VAM), Bishop Jonathan Eze has cautioned Niger Delta militants to stop blowing up oil pipelines or face the wrath of God.

Eze gave the warning in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Owerri.

The Bishop was reacting to the incessant attacks on oil pipelines by the new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

According to the general overseer, who is also a UN Peace Ambassador, the avengers are incurring the wrath of God by their activities.

“The Avengers are not fighting a just cause because their activities are affecting and threatening the peace of the nation.

“Nigerian oil is a natural gift from God and nobody has the right to destroy it,’’ he said.

Eze added that if the Avengers were aggrieved over any issue, they should address it in a civil manner rather than threaten the country.

He said if the country must remain one, no group should threaten the peaceful existence of the nation in the name of militancy.

Eze also blamed Niger Delta leaders for allowing the situation to “get out of hand’’.

“The leaders in the Niger Delta region are to be blamed because they are the people that groomed the militants and they should call them to order.

“How can there be governors, senators, traditional rulers and other top government officials from the region; and yet they cannot caution their children from destroying government assets,’’ he said.

According to him, spiritual leaders will no longer seat back to watch militants destroy the country.

“If the militants do not stop this madness, we will fight them spiritually and subdue them,” he said.

The clergyman, however, encouraged the Federal Government to take a critical look into the issue and handle it with diplomacy.