Rising cases of suspected Fulani herdsmen and farmers clashes across the federation could be brought under check if the National Orientation Agency, NOA, is proactive in carrying out its statutory obligations.
This was the position of the President of Kingdom Life Global Mission, Evangelist Omoroje Egbule, while declaring open the 5th 40-day prayer and fasting for Nigeria yesterday in Abuja yesterday.
According to him, the incessant clashes between farmers and suspected Fulani herdsmen were largely due to inadequate enlightenment on grazing rights as well as the freedom and rights of others to conduct their respective businesses within the framework of the law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria without encroaching on the rights of others.
Describing the re-current clashes which have generated national conflicts between the herdsmen and farmers in several states of the federation, which have equally claimed thousands of lives and properties, the religious leader said the skirmishes were largely social conflict bordering on the struggle to co-exist and conduct routine daily activities.
“The National Orientation Agency, NOA, has a huge responsibility in this regard. It must submit itself to its statutory role of creating awareness on various national issues including the need to conduct private and public businesses as well as accommodate sundry interests without abusing the rights and privileges of fellow citizens.
“The NOA has not fully applied itself to this responsibility and it must now become the constant clashes of interest, both corporate and private, is a serious threat to national security, unity and the general corporate existence and development of the country,” he said noting that the theme to this year’s fasting and prayer is: Nigeria Arise: Chatting the pathway to national peace, unity, growth and stability.
He recalled that last year the mission had foretold that the general election would be peacefully conducted just as it had prophesied about the coming and termination of Ebola virus and Lassa fever respectively before the election.
The mission reiterated its earlier claim that Nigeria would be among the 15th most developed nations on earth by 2025 stressing that the present economic hardship was preparatory to resuscitation of the economy and the socio-political structures.
Evangelist Egbule said the 40-day prayer and fasting programme would be rounded up on October 1 during the nation’s independent anniversary and called on the general public join the fasting and prayer for the nation to regain its lost prestige, glory and economic prosperity.