Originally published in Daily Posting
Popular Evangelist, Rev Uma Ukpai has said that the only solution to the recent upsurge of killing of Christians in parts of Northern Nigeria by alleged herdsmen is for believers in the country to sacrifice their food for 200 days and pray against the carnage.
Ukpai, who is the founder of the 48-year-old Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Association, also said that Nigerians above 25 years of age were prone to corruption and should resign from partisan politics.
He told members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, yesterday that it was unfair that Christians in the country were treated like minorities despite their numerous contribution to the growth and development of the country.
He regretted that cows were now valued over the life of Christians in some parts of the country and called on authorities to rise up to the challenge and demonstrate sincerity in the fight against frequent attack of Christians by alleged herdsmen in some parts of the country.
He further said that Nigerians should not expect anything good from the general elections next year
His words: “The frequent killing of Christians by people alleged to be herdsmen is like telling us that cows are now more valuable than Christians. But I maintain that nobody is supposed to lose his life because of cows. It is painful that cows are now preferred.
“The solution is for all believers in the country to give up their dinner for 200 nights and pray for God to fight for them and it will work. Let us ask God to fight for us and He will.
“Note that the incoming leaders will still be corrupt because the entire system is corrupt. The solution to a credible leadership is however for everyone above the age of 25 to retire from active politics because they all have eaten the poisoned apple and not fit to rule,” Ukpai said.
He also described as unfortunate excuses by government at all levels in Nigeria on why they have been unable to meet up with the challenges of the masses.
According to him, “a man of excuse is a man of failure and as long as the government cannot take care of our challenges then there is no future for the country.”