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Fulani herdsmen attack: Oyedepo raises the alarm of impending danger

Bishop David Oyedepo

* Asks how many cows will Fulani man sell to buy N3m AK-47

Senior Pastor of Living Faith World Outreach (a.k.a Winners Chapel) , Bishop David Oyedepo, has raised the alarm of impending danger in the country over the failure of the federal government to check the activities of Fulani herdsmen and stop the killing of innocent Nigerians, warning that “the soul of Nigeria is near the point of death.”

Oyedepo, who made the declarations in his prophetic messages to the nation on Sunday, accused the federal government of looking the other way while the Fulani herdsmen are wrecking havoc in the land.

He said, “The security apparatus of the country has obviously failed to defend the property and lives of these poor farmers. While we are claiming to be curtailing Boko Haram, we are on the other hand aiding and abetting herdsmen and their murderous acts.”

The revered cleric, who said that God gave him the message about the looming danger in 1992, stated that, “insurgency is spreading across the country under the guise of Fulani herdsmen. Danger is looming.”

Oyedepo thereafter raised certain questions on why the culprits were yet to be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to other trouble makers.

He said, “For example, how many of these killers have been brought to book since their campaign of carnage, death and destruction began, one may ask? A nationwide crisis is in the offing that may be worse than anyone around knows.

“Tell me the morality behind some strangers who are doing their business as cattle rearers overrunning your farm with your labour and graze their cattle on your crop and when you challenge them, they kill you.

“Where are the Leaders of Thoughts in Nigeria? Where is the government and that continues unabated. We are sitting on a keg of gun powder. There is volatile reaction coming and God revealed this to me as far back as 1992, clearly written in my diary.

“Nigeria shall not be destroyed. God shall trouble all that trouble the peace and progress of this nation.”

He further urged the federal government to take decisive action on the issue in order to forestall a situation where the people might be forced to defend themselves.

He said, “The destiny of our nation has never been under the threat of survival as it is today. People may soon be forced to take the law into their hands. Nigeria is a nation at war with ourselves. No external aggression from aggressors, no ethnic crisis, no natural disaster, yet we are doing mass burial. What a nation in a state of slumber.

The cleric then made a clarion call on Nigerians, warning of the dangers ahead if necessary steps were not taken against the herdsmen.

He said, “Hear the voice of God through this prophet, the soul of Nigeria is near the point of death. Citizens of this nation are fast becoming endangered species, God have mercy. Let me ask these pertinent questions that borders on the conscience of a nation and its leaders.

“Is cattle business government business? Should farmers be killed for Fulani herdsmen to live? Should all the farmers leave their farms today for fear of Fulani herdsmen?

“As the last time I knew, Nigeria still produces less than 20 percent of what it consumes and ask me what is the contribution of herdsmen to the GDP of this country. What has come to this country?

“There is more to this low response of government to addressing this issue which is definitely a time bomb. Does Nigerian land belong to Fulani herdsmen?

“There has never been this kind of assault on the intelligence of the people like we are having now. Should you allocate my father’s land to Fulani herdsmen? No.

“Are they now the customary land owners of every state, town, cities, villages and hamlets in Nigeria?” He asked.
Warning of consequences of failure to act, Oyedepo said that with the way things are developing that every community in the country may soon set up their own security system to defend themselves against the insurgency of the Fulani herdsmen.

He said, “There is danger in the offing; every community may soon set up their own security system to defend themselves against the insurgency of the Fulani herdsmen. Can the citizens still trust the security agencies of this nation to protect them? You will be vulnerable for life.

“When citizens cannot trust the security a state of anarchy is in view. Insurrection may also be on the way. These largely unchecked activities of the Fulani herdsmen may eventually choke the soul of Nigeria to death, God forbid.
Wondering whether the Nigeria project is still working? Oyedepo said that “Without justice there cannot be peace.

You don’t step on my toes and say let’s have peace. We can’t have peace but exchange of blows.”

He cautioned politicians not to sell off the destinies of men for their ambitions, noting that “true leaders mind the coming generations. Nigeria is rescued. Let no religious bigot say to me what is your concern? By the grace of God, one out of every 150 Nigerian is under my apostolic coverage. You are not a leader by elective office; you are a leader by the number of people you have responsibility for.

“I am answerable to God on what happens to them. You can’t kill their fathers and mothers in the name of being in power. It is enough. When prophets speak, God confirms it. These wicked forces will be visited by vengeance.

“Is our sense of value for human lives still alive? I don’t know. What I know is that it is not alive. Today human lives are now being slain for cattle’s without any drastic intervention from relevant security agents.

“Should men and women continue to lay their lives down for cattle? There is no nation on the earth where the defense of cattle is more than the defense of human lives.

“How are these killers making away with their murderous acts? They must have the backings of some powers that be. Any right thinking Nigerian will speculate same.

He wondered if indeed it was not Boko Haram that was indirectly spreading across the nation in form of herdsmen, saying that the acquisition of AK-47 is not a tea party as it is costly.

He said, “Is Boko Haram not spreading strategically across the nation? How many cows will a Fulani man sell to buy a AK-47? Which now cost about N3million a piece.

“A cow, the fattest is N180-200,000. To buy five riffles, equals N15million.

“You don’t hire security guard in a room and parlour. Some fellows supply these guns and you cannot tell how much stockpiles of arms they have.

The cleric then concluded with admonition on Nigerian leaders to the needful in order to save the country.

He said, “Nigeria is becoming an endangered nation where any group of persons may attempt to overrun the nation. Caution, Caution, Caution to everyone responsible for the affairs of this nation, God has sent me to warn this nation, a flood of evil is at the door.”

Patrick Okohue, Lagos

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