Criticise Jonathan and Be Cursed – Olalekan Adetayo
I beg you to stop criticising him either publicly or in secret because the church of God is heaping curses on those who criticise Jonathan. How do I know this? I again stumbled on the January 2014 prayer booklet being used inside the Aso Villa Chapel entitled, “Prayer Guide for Nigeria.” You still remember that I reproduced some prayer points from the December 2013 edition in this column last year?
Those who thought some of the prayers I extracted from the December 2013 edition of the prayer guide were strange will definitely have a rethink by the time they come across some of the prayer points in the current edition.
For Jonathan’s critics, you are captured in the prayers earmarked for the first day of the year. Read this: “Pray that God will silence the critics of President Jonathan and disappoint every plan of his detractors to undermine his government at all cost. Isaiah 54: 14-17.” Let the church say a big amen.
If you are the type that always gather with anti-Jonathan elements both within and outside the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, your case was also brought before God’s judgment throne on January 8 when the church prayed: “Pray that the scheming and all the plots against President Goodluck Jonathan from both the opposition and some elements within the ruling party should come to naught. Isaiah 30:1.”
This one is even milder: “Ask the Lord to nullify every spell, enchantment and or divination against President Goodluck Jonathan, the rest of our leaders and every member of their families. Numbers 23:23 and Isaiah 54:17.” That was one of the prayers for January 4 and it was repeated on January 15 apparently for emphasis.
If you belong to the school of thought that Jonathan (or by his body language, apology to Aminu Tambuwal) is not fighting corruption, then you need to change church and be attending the Villa Chapel so that you can join your faith with that of chapel members and say: “The war against corruption in Nigeria is raging and highly sophisticated, pray that all hands will be on deck to effectively wage this war and victoriously overcome it by deploying all the weapons in our arsenal righteously with faith. Ephesians 6:16-18.”
There is however good news for those of you who are not comfortable with the kind of service being provided by your telecommunication service providers. Having discovered that regulators and by extension government, are finding it difficult to rise up to the task of restoring sanity in the sector, the chapel has taken the case to God. “Pray that the Federal Government would be courageous enough to prosecute telecoms sector operators over poor service delivery in the country. Joshua 1:7.”
For those who are politically inclined, one of last Saturday’s prayers read: “Pray that the crises rocking the ruling party, the PDP would be resolved to strengthen the conduct of the 2015 general elections. Romans 8:28.” I can go on and on to highlight more of the interesting prayers they pray in the chapel whose members proudly refer to as “the nation’s first altar” but for space constraint.
The trip Tukur did not make with the President
Last week was a busy one for top shots of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party with some of them attending the meetings of the party’s National Working Committee, national caucus, Board of Trustees and National Executive Council among others.
Two of the meetings, those of the caucus and BOT, were held inside the Villa and one of the major items on their agenda was the resignation of the party’s erstwhile chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur.
As President Jonathan was arriving for one of the meetings with Tukur and some other party chiefs, he sighted the Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze.
Security details gave way as Njeze approached the President in order to pay homage. Jonathan used the opportunity to ask her the situation of things back in Switzerland. As the ambassador made to leave, Jonathan said, “I will bring the chairman (Tukur) to Switzerland this year to come and enjoy the cold.”
The President was referring to his then impending trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. But less than a week to his trip, Tukur resigned (or was forced to resign) as the chairman of the party that prides itself as the largest in Africa.
On Monday, former Governor Adamu Mu’azu of Bauchi State replaced Tukur. Less than 24 hours after the change of guard at the top echelon of the party, Jonathan left the shores of the country for Davos without Tukur following him to “enjoy the cold.”
The President did not however leave the former PDP chairman in the cold. While he was still airborne, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation announced that Jonathan had approved Tukur’s appointment as the chairman of the Nigeria Railway Corporation.
Anyway, as the chairman of NRC (not PDP), Tukur will be spared of confrontations with rebel governors or defecting lawmakers. He will also not bother himself about party primaries or the party executives in states.
Our President and his missing clock
Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State on Monday led a delegation of business community in his state to the Villa to pay a courtesy visit to the President. Leading manufacturers from the state were members of the delegation.
When he was addressing the delegation, Jonathan identified a man who he said he inaugurated his factory during one of his visits to the state. He said he remembered that the industrialist gave him a gift of a big clock. He however regretted that he could no longer trace the whereabouts of the clock which he said was a fine one.
Facing the man, Jonathan said, “I think I commissioned your factory when I came to Anambra and you gave me a big clock. I saw the clock, it was a fine one but I am sure it has disappeared in transit. I told the governor (Obi) that I saw the clock once but I did not see it again.”
I think security agencies should rise up to their responsibilities by helping the President not only to recover the clock but also to ensure that those behind its disappearance are apprehended. God bless Nigeria.
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