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Nigeria’s next leader must pass character, competence tests –Pastor Ituah Ighodalo - Punch Newspapers

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Wrong persons have often found their way to power through inducement of the electorate with cheap gifts like foodstuffs and small amount of money. How can the people rise above this?I will say the principal thing that Nigerians should consider is the question of whether the person they want to support will be able to administer Nigeria fairly or in the interest of the majority. Unfortunately, in Nigeria, it is not like that. The first consideration is selfish interest – will this person benefit my own financial or economic resource or in terms of the area that I come from? That has been the primary focus of most Nigerians and that is why the right kind of leadership that we need has not been able to emerge. This is because of our thinking. The conclusion that I have come to is that the average Nigerian is not quite ready for purposeful leadership. They cry about it, talk about it, but when it comes to doing it, they forget about all the things that they have been talking about. This is why we are in this quagmire that we are in today. We are simply not ready across the board. We are not ready to make the sacrifices to make for good leadership to emerge.

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And must never come from Igbo Land, we don't TRUST them, we're deathly afraid of them & can't handle the Jealousy that comes with their freshness & self confidence, a.k.a 'arrogance'. YET, we refuse to let them go to their Biafra. 'CRABS IN A BUCKET SYNDROME' Uniquely African! You don't stay by the side criticizing and condemning come out and contest to see if it is easy.

The same Pastor Ituah who invited a governor that supports genocide and advocates for violence to be a keyspeaker on a programme he organized? We have been scammed that we are Nigerians you must speak in English. Why England are not sing their national anthem in French. Why are you not speaking your language in your embassy because Nigeria is not a NATION. Nigeria is a scam

HAVING A YORUBA NATION THERE IS NO MINIORITY WE ARE ALL YORUBAS. YORUBA CONSTITUTION IS FOR ALL THE YORUBA CITIZENS. OUR CULTURAL IDENTITY HAS BEEN STOLEN BY NIGERIA WE NEED IT BACK YORUBA NATION NO GOING BACK YORUBA NATION HAVE THEIR TRIBES, IJAW NATION HAVE THEIR TRIBES, BIAFRA NATION HAVE THEIR TRIBES, MIDDLE BELT NATION HAVE THEIR TRIBES. NIGERIA DON'T HAVE ANY TRIBES BECAUSE IS NOT A NATION. NO ONE IS NIGERIAN IT'S ARTIFICIAL IDENTITY TO DEFRAUD ALL THE NATIONS IN THE COUNTRY

NATION IS CREATED BY OLODUMARE IT'S NOT A MAN MADE. YOU CAN CREATE A COUNTRY NOT A NATION. NATION IS YOUR CULTURAL IDENTITY. ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY HAVE THEIR NATIONS. YOU HAVE A TRIBES IN A NATION. NIGERIA IS NOT A NATION NIGERIA IS ARTIFICIAL COUNTRY CREATED BY BRITAIN Nigeria is a 419 format to defraud all the NATIONS in the country ALL IN THE NAME OF ONE NIGERIA. What is NATION large body of people United by common descent history culture and language.Could i please ask if hausa have the same culture and language with YORUBA.Nigeria is a scam

We don't want to be in the same country with the people who value the lives of cow's than human beings our ideology are different WE ARE NOT ONE NIGERIA IS SCAM. NO ONE IS NIGERIAN IT'S JUST AN ARTIFICIAL IDENTITY WE ARE NOT ONE NIGERIANS. SAY NO TO ONE NIGERIA IS SCAM Fulanis rehabilitation bill 2022 only fulanis lives matter to buhari. Where is fulani NATION in the country please

A mad man can be a president of Nigeria with 1000 special advisers. Could you please tell me what buhari has contributed to the country from 2015 up to date. A guy that can't remember what he had for breakfast if you meet him in the afternoon he's a ghost worker

Hoodlums invade Lagos church, beat up pastor, hack member - Punch NewspapersThe most widely read newspaper in Nigeria Hoodlums or fulani herdsmen This is not a joking matter for a pastor to be beaten up! A well targeted invasion anyways. But, na so them for attack me if I too be a mans of God? Lol! Personally, na bouncers I go keep for both front and back of the church. Then let me see who be who. Lol Scammers claiming to be holy 🤣🤣🤣🤣

The last time YORUBAS governor's make a law in YORUBA NATION not in Kano. ONE Fulani guy said some governors when to make a laws without consulting the fulanis.Abdulsalami fraudulent documents called constitution has enslaved you guys to the fulanis federal government of Nigeria No one is Nigerian it's just an artificial identity. The name Nigeria it's given to us by Frederick Lugard girl friend we are not Nigerians. IJAW NATION claiming to be a Nigerian that is why they are begging for 10% from their resources. SAY NO TO ONE NIGERIA IS SCAM

YORUBA igbo IJAW Middle belt president you are still going to be under the fulanis. A guy with no elementary school certificate herdsmen a president and professor of law his errand market boy. The current criminals system needs to go with REFERENDUM not ELECTION It's a thousand times better to have a common sense without education than to have education with common sense. They claims to be educated and intelligent big gammer no common sense. Claiming to be a Nigerian you are under the fulanis federal government of Nigeria

Do you know how many oil blocks that boy have sultan of sokoto. Could you please tell me if the guy is from oil region areas. Fulanis rehabilitation bill 2022 only fulanis lives matter to buhari. Where is fulani NATION in the country. ONE NIGERIA IS SCAM Why fulanis federal government of Nigeria are always against any suggestion that would protest others NATIONS in the country. Amotekun, ban on open grazing they said no our ideology are different WE ARE NOT ONE NIGERIA IS SCAM. NIGERIA IS ARTIFICIAL IDENTITY WE ARE NOT NIGERIANS

Abdulsalami fraudulent documents called constitution has enslaved YORUBA igbo and others to the fulanis federal government of Nigeria. Babangida has created more states for the North to be in charge of Nigeria. SAY NO TO ONE NIGERIA IS SCAM Dismantle Nigeria is the benefits of all the NATIONS in the country to posses their potential as a NATION. Once we dismantle Nigeria the current criminals system will collapse no business as usual for the satanic Nigeria politicians. They will not be interested in the politics

I don't know what give some people impression that Nigeria politicians are honorable politicians. Honorable politicians are the servant to their citizens. Nigeria politicians are horrible criminals. They have no love for the citizens. We need to dismantle the current system If you are still supporting ONE NIGERIA you doing it for your personal gain. Anyone who is thinking about A NATION AT LARGE you will know that we need a REFERENDUM not ELECTION

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Nigeria has stole our cultural identity. Why are you not speaking your language in your embassy because Nigeria is not a NATION. Nigeria is holding all the NATIONS in the country backwards to posses their potential as a NATION The primary problem of Nigeria is not the leadership. Nigeria has a foundation problem needed a foundation solution. We can't build on a wrong foundation Nigeria. No one is Nigerian it's just an artificial identity to defraud all the NATIONS in the country

Why Britain who created one nigeria have four nations, why official language in Wales is Welsh, why official language in England is English, why Scotland are not representing Northern Ireland in a tournament. NIGERIA EVERYONE IS ONE NIGERIAN IS SCAM Nigeria is not a NATION Nigeria is artificial country created by Britain. United Kingdom of Great Britain is made up of four NATIONS England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland. Why some people are still fooling themselves with ONE NIGERIA IS SCAM

Why some people are still fooling themselves with ONE NIGERIA. We all needs to acknowledge and admit the fact that ONE NIGERIA IS SCAM. Britain who created one nigeria have four nations. A NATION IS NOT A MAN MADE YOU CAN CREATE A COUNTRY NOT A NATION. EVERYONE HAS THEIR NATIONS If Prof’s can endorse false election results, d leaders would get pass marks with flying colours they will have “asoebi” ready on approaching Supreme Court. Exam board is not above board in taking from under d counter either.

And also physical/medical test too Nigeria…Really! How can someone ready to uphold the sham imposed 1999 Constitution have 'character'? NINAS End1999Constitution UnionDispute PartiesCloseShopNow NINAS_SelfDetermination EndSARS Nigerians don’t like to listen to this kind of advice. They love gbas gbos type of people

Why not step in to take up the mantle, Pastor?

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ayemojubar But no one is checking. By these requirements, no next President be dat. They talk as if even they can pass character test

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Power shift: APC, PDP keep North, South guessing Wrong persons have often found their way to power through inducement of the electorate with cheap gifts like foodstuffs and small amount of money. How can the people rise above this? I will say the principal thing that Nigerians should consider is the question of whether the person they want to support will be able to administer Nigeria fairly or in the interest of the majority. Unfortunately, in Nigeria, it is not like that. The first consideration is selfish interest – will this person benefit my own financial or economic resource or in terms of the area that I come from? That has been the primary focus of most Nigerians and that is why the right kind of leadership that we need has not been able to emerge. This is because of our thinking. The conclusion that I have come to is that the average Nigerian is not quite ready for purposeful leadership. They cry about it, talk about it, but when it comes to doing it, they forget about all the things that they have been talking about. This is why we are in this quagmire that we are in today. We are simply not ready across the board. We are not ready to make the sacrifices to make for good leadership to emerge. In a sermon you delivered in your church, citing the Chinese National political scene where it takes a person about 30 years of ‘intensive grooming’ to aspire for any political position, you said Nigerians are not properly groomed for leadership. Would you like to shed some more light on that? The kind of politics we are practising right now is not a critically analytical one. Any man can emerge from somewhere and as long as he has some kind of financial resource – whether properly, ill-gotten or funded by somebody – the average Nigerian would be ready to listen to him/her. But they forget that because you have money or access to money does not mean you have the capability and competence. That is why a lot of people who have had money somewhere get rich through locational, tribal or religious advantage. If you know someone who happens to know someone else, they tend to find a way to favour you. I know that one is expected to do business with people they know, but also in a lot of countries that have gone forward, they look for competence, capabilities, experience and abilities. So, we find out that most people with wealth in this country are not people of competence and capability and total detribalisation. This sort of thing was brought about by our political culture and also the military adventurism into our politics wherein the military ruled by fiat and benefitted the people closest to them. Now, this has become a culture – to benefit people who are close to you. We really cannot continue that way in this country. We really need to be broad-minded. This is what I said when I cited the China example. They have been able to discipline themselves in putting together a process of leadership set. If you want to be a leader, you would have to start at the bottom. Start as a councillor. If the people you are leading feel that you are comfortable enough, they’d vote you to the next level. You’d continue like that till you get to the regional and national level. This is so that there is a weeding out of people who are not competent. We don’t have this process in Nigeria, and most times, when we recognise incompetence, we still salute them and tolerate them because they belong to one group or one section or the other. You would also find people of their group or association shouting loud for them or threatening brimstone or being disadvantaged because their son or associate or leader have been found guilty of something or have been inappropriate. This is what is really slowing down our growth and development. We are not being true to ourselves in this country, and that is the fact. Two arrowheads of secession agitation, Nnamdi Kanu, leading Indigenous People of Biafra, and Sunday Igboho, championing the Oduduwa Republic are currently in detention. What do you think should be the best approach by the government? Prosecution or dialogue? I think dialogue should be the best approach. Sunday Igboho is not really looking for the Oduduwa Republic. What I thought I heard from him was that he was trying to protect the Yoruba people and others within his area of influence from attacks of bandits and killer herdsmen. He didn’t name a republic of any sort if I heard him right, except if I am wrong. It is Nnamdi Kanu that has been looking for an Indigenous People of Biafra. What Nnamdi is really looking for is for the resources that are really due the people of his origin should be availed them. He feels that post-civil war Nigeria has not given the average Igbo man enough space to express himself and to aspire to leadership. He thinks that there is a conspiracy not to allow the Igbo people to become leaders in Nigeria. Whether real or imagined, he needs to be engaged in a dialogue. He shouldn’t be treated as a fugitive and a rebel. He is not leading an insurrection. He is leading an advocacy for fairness and equity. If that is not acceptable, he is requesting that there be a new structure in Nigeria or secession. These are the discussions the government should have with him. He has not carried arms and not fought nor has he gone into the forest. He is asking for a referendum, a discussion, and he should be listened to and spoken with. If he can garner enough support for what he wants, then we can have a proper referendum. Even in England, they had a referendum on staying in Europe or not. They had a referendum over Scotland staying in England or leaving. That is the same with Nnamdi Kanu’s cause. The popular vote should carry the day. This is nation-building. This is politics and nationalism. That is why we have been appealing to the Federal Government to listen to Nnamdi Kanu, and not turn him into a hero of some sort or else this may boomerang out of control. Let’s talk about the Church. There are those who say churches have become commercial ventures with pastors exploiting Nigerians who turn to them for succour in the face of socioeconomic hardship. What is your response to this? We cannot use one brush to paint the whole. The fact that one of two pastors do that does not mean that the entire church does that. There are good Christians and ‘good’ Christians. Same as politicians and everything else you can think about. It is true that a few pastors and leaders have created that kind of reputation for themselves, and so I think that the body of pastors should address this matter and talk to one another, cautioning one another. I am appealing to them also not to turn Christianity into a weapon of confusion for people. I think the Christian Association of Nigeria as well as the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria should know what to do to try and address this issue. It is such an irony that Nigeria has a huge number of churches yet the country is bedeviled with plenty of challenges. What will you say is responsible for this paradox? (Laughs) That is interesting! There are two points of view. One point of view says that if not for the churches and the prayers that they are offering and engagements that they are having with a lot of people, things will be much worse. The churches have given some people something to do, look forward to a glimmer of hope and expectation and have engaged them. Then again, the churches themselves need to improve on certain areas. They need to improve on their behaviour, spirituality, discipline, honesty and sincerity. The churches are populated by people whose entire practices have not been transformed. Because of this lack of transformation and the pressure they feel from the system, they tend to break a few laws and contradict themselves and not behave appropriately. The more people the church is able to influence positively, the better it would be in the long run. It is still a bit of a dash and it will take a while for evangelism and outreaches to have phenomenal effects. In December, Ghana announced a five-year jail term for preachers who release harmful New Year prophecies. Do you think Nigeria needs the same in the face of a myriad of prophecies coming from the pulpits? I don’t know what Ghana means by ‘harmful prophecies’ but there are some prophecies that because of the influence of the person who is saying it, may be damaging to the psyche of a lot of people. You will know that sometime in America there was some sect that thought the world was going to end on a certain day. They committed some kind of suicide or something. There was another set that believed in not wearing clothes and all that. There have been some sects of people in many areas of interest in society but then we need to balance this with the freedom of expression and speech that people have. If people are willing to listen to the prophecies of certain people and base their own conducts or attitude on that prophecy, provided they are not breaking any known law of the land, you really cannot legislate against that because it will also affect the freedom of speech. If the prophecy is making a lot of people behave irresponsibly and break a law, then the person who incited the people will need to face the appropriate legal sanctions and terms based on what he has done. I think the laws for incitement, blackmail, maligning character and challenging the moral and ethical standards of people are there. 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