By Jon Egie

 

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Bishop Kingsley fielding questions from journalists after the occasion.

Bishop Kingsley fielding questions from journalists after the occasion.

The Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Delta State, Bishop Kingsley Enakirerhi has warned that, come 2019, the Church and people of Southern Nigeria are ready for the North.

The Bishop gave the warning while fielding questions from journalists shortly after the celebration of his 60th birthday, 35 years in service of the vineyard of God and 25 years of existence of his church, the Heroes of faith; Saturday, August 27 in Ughelli.

Responding to a question on the state of the nation and the position of the church ahead of 2019, the cleric said: “We are no longer going to sit behind and watch our country waste away.

“The claim that Muslims are more than Christians in Nigeria is a lie. The population of people in Southern Nigeria is more than that of Northern Nigeria and the population of the church is more than any other religion in Nigeria. So, we are no longer going to sit back and watch, we are coming out with our cards en block and we are going to defend our votes by any legal and lawful way. In 2019, it is not going to be business as usual.

 

Gov Okowa speaking during the occasion

Gov Okowa speaking during the occasion

Reacting to the Quit Notice given to the Ibo by a coalition of youths of the North, it subsequent withdrawal and the rejection of the withdrawal by Biafra agitators, Bishop Kingsley said: “We must go back and restructure this country.

“What the North did was good, it was an eye-opener. When they did that, the Middle Belt said we are not with you in this, we are not part of you, we are not Hausa or Fulani so if you give the Ibo Quit Notice they can come to us. The Yoruba also warned that they would not join hands with them to fight the Ibos because if you quit the Ibos you quit the whole of Southerners in the North and we will defend our territory because we have the population. The South-South is saying they are ready for a show down with the Federal Government, so, with the Quit Notice the North gave, Nigeria has been fragmented into five nations and in 2019, our votes will count.”

He stressed the need to restructure Nigeria on the basis of the 1960 status quo pointing out that the 1999 Constitution which forms the framework of the present day democratic experiment was drafted by the military that really had no business in governance.

 

Gov Okowa presenting a birthday card to Bishop Kingsley during the occasion.

Gov Okowa presenting a birthday card to Bishop Kingsley during the occasion.

“We must restructure this country, that is the position of the church and nobody should say that the restructuring of Nigeria is not negotiable, restricting of Nigeria is negotiable.”

On the position of church ahead of 2019 governorship election in Delta State, the PFN leader assured that the PFN would deliver two million votes to Governor Okowa because, “he who identifies with the church is the church and the decision of the church is to support anybody who is part of the church so as the governor identifies with the church we are going to support him.

Earlier, the guest speaker of the occasion, Apostle Zilly Aggrey in his sermon lamented the injustice meted to the people of Niger Delta in spite of the endowment of the natural resources exploited from the region by the FG and charged the people of  Niger Delta to be optimistic as very soon, the squeezing they are enduring would bring out pleasant juice for them.

 

Apostle Aggrey giving a symbolic spiritual  candle to Bishop Kingsley to light his ministry

Apostle Aggrey giving a symbolic spiritual candle to Bishop Kingsley to light his ministry

In his speech, Gov Okowa said he was convinced that Bishop Kingsley Enakirerhi has impacted positively on the lives of many Deltans and beyond and that as a man working for God and man, God has helped him surmount many challenges because of his faith in God. Okowa said the praying church is a growing church and believed that with prayers going on across the country, God is equally doing his work in Nigeria.

He encouraged Bishop Kingsley to continue to shine and bring forth capable successors in the leadership of the church who will continue the work of faith and righteousness, plant mre churches and win more souls for Christ.

Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor led other high ranking leaders of the PFN to pray for the growth of the Ministry of Bishop Kingsley.