Dialogue, not guns, will tackle the raging agitations for self-declaration in the South East, the general overseer of Mountain of Liberation and Miracle Ministries otherwise known as Liberation City Lagos, Dr Chris Okafor, has stated.
He said military actions or exercises will not deliver the much-needed peace in the region.
Okafor spoke last Sunday at the grand finale of the annual Not my head, not my blood outreach of the church in its Lagos international headquarters.
He dismissed military exercise code named Python Dance 2 and Egwu Eke 2 as futile in quelling the unrest, saying only dialogue will breed peace.
He spoke from the headquarters of his thriving ministry in the Ojodu area of Lagos.
Okafor stressed: “Our government needs to learn how to resolve issues with dialogue. No amount of time or resources expended towards dialogue is a waste.
“This is not 1967. Anybody who thinks that they can kill an agitation like Biafra with force is truly living in fools’ paradise. It can never happen!
“Biafra is a spirit. Wasn’t it Ojukwu who started it? He’s gone but Biafra is still here.
“You can’t kill a spirit with guns and arrows, not even with a nuclear bomb.
“If Ojukwu’s exit did not kill the agitation, how can any human being think or believe that Nnamdi Kanu’s exit will kill the agitation?”
He went on: “As a matter of fact, more people have now joined the agitation and mark my words, worst people than Nnamdi Kanu will soon emerge.
“They are already there and nobody knows how peaceful those ones will be. We should behave like a 21st century constitutional entity and stop using force to do everything.
“Dialogue is the only way out and the government of the day must take advantage now.”
He said the nation should restructure to address ethnic agitations, saying Nigeria is always better together as one.
According to him: “I am not in no way advocating for the dismemberment of Nigeria.
“Let us keep praying for the country because if we don’t pray, we will all share from what is to come.
“We must pray in particular that God should give our leaders the wisdom to steer the ship of State in the right direction. Wisdom, the bible says, is profitable to direct.”