Why We Are Celebrating ‘Seven Saturdays Of Wonders’, By Aniyeloye
What’s “Seven Saturdays of Wonders” all about? The programme is premised on the wonders God has performed in Nigeria by taking us through the elections without any violence. For this, we are going to appreciate Him.
The seven Saturdays are May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 13, 20 and 27, 2015. The day after the programme, the Special Assistant to the General Overseer, Admin and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola, will be ministering on the theme: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”. Other anointed ministers such as Pastor Bola Odutola, Pastor Paul Adewunmi, Charles Akor, Pastor Olajide and my humble self among others shall also be ministering.
What role did the church play before the election? Before the Presidential election, we held a special three-hour prayer session for this nation, when we called on the Almighty, the Prince of Peace to divinely intervene during the election periods. The Lord that answers prayers hearkened to our cry and there was peace during and after the elections.
The peace even extended to the governorship election and nobody would have thought that Nigeria would experience that kind of peace, which still prevails. Nobody ever thought the election would have gone the way it did. There was also a time when our General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye called for general night vigils in all the RCCG parishes throughout the nation and abroad. He mandated us to hold a minimum of seven-hour prayers and we prayed for peace for this land.
That is why we need to give our Wonder working God the glory, appreciate Him the more and let people know that with Him, we can have peace no matter the situation we find ourselves. All that is needed is prayer.
What is your impression of the last general elections? Judging from the conduct, one can say that it was free and fair compared to the previous ones that were full of malpractices. God Almighty gave the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega the wisdom to come up with the Card Reader and with that, malpractices and rigging were minimised. Everybody adjudged the last elections to be far better than the previous ones we have been having in this nation.
Women were also carried along and for the first time, we had a female governorship aspirant. What should Nigerians expect from the President-elect? I heard the President-elect said he was going to declare his asset, which compels all his ministers to do same.
I see this as part of the integrity we are talking about. If the President-elect and all ministers declare their assets, it is a good omen that Nigeria will be great again. My only advice to the President-elect is that he should beware of those people that would be milling around him. I make bold to say that President Goodluck Jonathan is a good President.
Unfortunately, however, he was surrounded by people that were not telling him the truth, those deceiving him that all was well, when in actual fact all was not well with the nation. They were all looking for money and before he could discover the truth, it was too late for him. That is why I am appealing to the incoming President, General Muhammadu Buhari that it is not enough for him to say “I am toeing the path of integrity.” He should also be careful not to allow those who may not buy his kind of ideology to come near him.
He needs to surround himself with people that are real lovers of this nation. What’s your opinion of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC National leader? I am not a politician. People might be calling Tinubu names, but all I know is that all innovation and development taking place in the Southwest today are his initiatives.
As APC national leader, he has been talking to the governors in the Southwest on the best way to run their governments, which has culminated into development we are witnessing in these parts of the country.
Take, for example, the development in Lagos State. One cannot rule out the fact that apart from Tinubu producing the incumbent governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, the latter no doubt built on the foundation laid by the former.
Also, in Ekiti State, the immediate past governor, Fayemi worked, no matter how he was perceived. So, as far as I am concerned, Tinubu is a rugged politician, who knows what he is doing.