By Sam Eyoboka
MINISTERS of God’s Kingdom Society (GKS), have appealed to groups and individuals agitating for the break up of Nigeria to exercise restraint and tread the path of dialogue in order to save present and future generations from reliving the experiences of the last civil war.
A communiqué at the end of 2017 GKS Ministers Conference held in Salem City, Warri, the Church headquarters, urged the Federal Government and all aggrieved groups and sections of the country to tread the path of dialogue so as to create a conducive atmosphere for the articulation of policies and programmes that would calm frayed nerves and save the country from bloodshed.
Quoting Proverbs 25:9 and 15:1, the church appealled to Nigerians to be cautious in their use of language by restraining themselves from using hate speeches.
“The resort to emotionalism and mutual recriminations were the ingredients that led to the outbreak of hostilities between Nigerian and secessionist forces in the destructive 30-month civil war, which some have called “the country’s most weighty calamity since self-rule”, the church stated, while appealing to the elders in various parts of the country to advise their people to be patient and to work together for the amelioration of their present conditions.
“Since there can be no perfect system or arrangement in this world, both the leaders and the led must be prepared to follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another, until God’s Kingdom would take over the affairs of the whole world”, they stated.
The ministers condemned the non-payment of salaries by governments in the country, asserting that the trend was doing incalculable harm to the well being of the nation besides being a grievous sin in the sight of God.
Making reference to passages in the Bible which warn that “the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning”, (Leviticus 19:13) and that woe will betide the person who “useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work.” – Jeremiah 22:13, the ministers prayed for the recovery of the President.
Saluting the Federal Government for sustaining its war against corruption the ministers declared that the government needs to move further down the line by checking the activities of cartels who artificially fix prices of goods and services as well as those who collect sundry tolls on the roads and youths who extort large amounts from land owners and developers.
The ministers regretted that the scourge of kidnapping for ransom had assumed a more sinister dimension in Nigeria, with the resort to the abduction of school children and their teachers, urging “those involved in this dastardly crime and sin against God” to desist from it or else they would suffer the dire consequences of their actions sooner or later.
While commending the adults who came to the aid of the female students who were being blatantly assaulted by their male colleagues, the GKS called for exemplary punishment to be meted out to those found guilty of the offence besides urging those involved to repent thoroughly so as to get the mercies of God.
Earlier at the opening of the conference, the GKS president, Brother Godwin Ifeacho had disclosed that apart from the building of new Service Halls, buying of lands, increase in the number of radio stations that carry the Watch and Pray programme of the church, the church had completed and dedicated a two-storey Sub Bethel home at Pike Street, Lagos, and acquired a two-storey building in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for use by the church.
The annual GKS ministers conference is the forum for reviewing the activities of the church in the foregoing year and drawing up fresh of programmes for the incoming conference year.