Clamour for Nigeria’s break-up portends danger ― Prophet Kolawole

Danger on Nigeria's break-up

Prophet Richard Kolawole is the Presiding Pastor of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Arogungobgunmi International situated at Feranjesu area, Olomi, Olunde, Ibadan, Oyo State. He speaks with OYEDAPO OYEWOLE on the continuous clamour for the breakup of the country by self-determination groups

What does Arogungbogunmi stands for?

Arogungbogunmi is another name of God that people don’t know. When you hear Arogungbogunmi, the rod of Moses that swallowed that of Pharaoh in those days, that is where God reminded me that He bears the name, Arogungbogunmi. So God is now saying I should use the name Arogungbogunmi to propagate His name.

You are known to be operating from mountain to mountain; does that mean you don’t have an established church?

We established some churches across Nigeria but not money-making churches. We are for the welfare of the people and to assist those that are in need. Whatever God gives us as power in terms of miracles, signs and wonders, we do everything freely, free of charge without collecting anything from anybody.

Nigeria recently celebrated 22 years of unbroken democracy and six years of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration amidst protest in some states. People have different opinions on the solution to the crisis rocking the country. While some are agitating for a break-up, some are of the opinion that restructuring is the way out. As a man of God, where do you stand?

The break-up of Nigeria is not in the best interest of the country. Break-up is not what the country needs, what the country needs is change. The government needs to wake up and live up to its responsibility. I think that is what the people are agitating for. I think agitation for a break-up will push the government to swing into action and do what is expected to be done in order to right the wrongs in the country. What Nigerians are fighting for is genuine change. Look at the system that Governor Seyi Makinde is using in Oyo State, nobody will want to protest or do anything that can destabilize his government because we are seeing and enjoying the dividends of democracy. Everybody is happy with what is happening in Oyo State. What we are seeing is a good system of democracy and we are happy. So imagine if Governor Makinde becomes Nigeria’s President in the near future, the nation will be better for it. So what the agitators are telling the government is to wake up to its responsibility.

What is the way out of this present predicament being experienced by Nigerians?

My suggestion is for President Muhammadu Buhari to rise up and take necessary action to solve the myriad of problems confronting the country before it is too late. People voted for change but they are yet to see any positive change and therefore are angry. As I said earlier, look at the man that came to the office two years and see the level of development in the state. Had it been he has not lived up to expectations, people would have been agitating for change in the state by now. This is exactly what we want in Nigeria.

What is your relationship with other Christian bodies like PFN?

I’m a member of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN). We are all working and praying together. So I have a cordial relationship with all of them.

Your advice to politicians in the country?

My advice to politicians is to always fulfil whatever promises they made to the electorate. They should bear in mind that they are still coming back to meet with the electorate.