The shepherd-in-Charge of the Goshen Household Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Pastor Richard Abayomi Akande, has charged Nigerians to be patient with the Federal Government on the closure of the country’s border with the Republic of Benin and Value Added Tax increment policy, describing the period as a trying time that is transient.
According to the cleric, the government stance is due to its decision to tackle corruption headlong as it has eaten deep into every facet of the country.
Akande made this declaration in an exclusive interview with Adura International Magazine, ahead of the programme tagged “Gathering of Seraphs” organised by Goshen Household.
He said, “The church can only help the government by transforming members towards positive governance.
“Yes, I see hope in Nigeria and I am really hopeful that things will get better; this is our trying period. We really need to pray and embrace the light Jesus Christ offers every man.
“The government has come out with 7.5 per cent VAT and there is nothing we can do about it. We need to help increase the light; Nigeria will rise again. We are the tribe of Israel in Africa; we are to proclaim His richness but we must endure the trying period.
“The government needs our prayers, counsel and support; the border closure is yielding result. It has its own advantage; banditry has reduced. A few weeks ago, the Comptroller General of Customs said over 10-20 million bags of rice were seized.
“These are bags of per boiled rice and some had problems. So, let us support the government.”
Pastor Akande also hinted that the gathering of seraphs targeted the youths especially in Iju and its environs to liberate them and raise men and women who could stand in righteousness and deliver good governance when opportune.
“We are trying to raise up men and women who have the right philosophy of Christ, the philosophy of themselves that this nation can be changed from the lowest family, because someday, somehow, somebody would come from your family and want to contest an election.”
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