1. A Year of Restorations
I had asked God what 2018 would be and how He would nameÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â year for us. Ã‚Â What I heard was, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Restoration,Ã¢â‚¬Â and my understanding was that it would be a year in which there would be a restoration ofÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â things thatÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â enemy took from us. Ã‚Â A thief caught, according toÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â law of God, should restore seven-folds (Proverbs 6:30-31). Ã‚Â ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what we shall demand whenÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â time comes, not just as individuals but especially as a nation Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Nigeria.
2.Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â Spirit of Provocation
A few days before Christmas, I had been troubled by a revelation ofÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬ËœChristmas packageÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ of crises thatÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â enemy was plotting. Ã‚Â Ã‚Â OnÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â eve of Christmas, therefore, we urgently sent outÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â following short prayer call:
Beloved, tonight, Dec 24, 2017, take a moment to pray againstÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â “spirit of provocation” in Nigeria; that is,Ã‚Â theÃ‚Â Enemy deliberately attackingÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â defenceless so as to provoke reprisals that will be taken asÃ‚Â theexcuse for a bigger attack long planned. May God destroy their counsel, frustrate their swords, break every evil hand, & save Nigeria. Amen.
It was still Christmas whenÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â reports began to come in, of jihadist and Fulani expansionist genocidal attacks on Christians and Christian communities, first in Bwari inÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â Federal Capital Territory of Abuja, then gruesomely in different communities of Benue State, in Adamawa State, in Ilorin Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Kwara State, etc. Ã‚Â To those who were worried that those events still occurred afterÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â prayer alert, I only said that it could have been worse.
TheÃ‚Â Enemy has long prepared for a particular war Ã¢â‚¬â€œ arms, trainings, cash, surveillances, strategic placements, etc. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and has been seeking a means toÃ‚Â provokeÃ‚Â it, especially by attacking and occupying communities whose reprisal would be taken for an excuse to escalateÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â war. Ã‚Â Unfortunately, God has not givenÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â Enemy that opportunity inÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â past five or more years, but especially inÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â past two and a half years. An escalated reprisal would have been givenÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â name of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœinsurgence,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ against whichÃ‚Â theinternational coalition of Ishmaelitish Ã¢â‚¬ËœsympathisersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ would have been invited, thus prosecuting a covert jihad usingÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â very instruments of state now inÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â hands ofÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â same jihadists in apparent lawful government positions. (Remember Operation Python Dance II etc.) Ã‚Â It is a war for which We are not prepared physically as They long have. Ã‚Â InÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â circumstances, only God remains our Defence, and prayer our strength while not minimizingÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â practical inevitabilities of watchful self-defence, by mouth and by hand.
I got a recent call from Adamawa State: a community had been attacked byÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â Fulani terrorists;Ã‚Â theyouths had managed to repel them. Ã‚Â OnÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â excuse that a soldier had been killed,Ã‚Â theÃ‚Â army came thereafter and burnt down houses, killed and arrested some youths, and scatteredÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â people. Ã‚Â They came back another day to take awayÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â local chiefÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wife and children when they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t meetÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â chief himself. Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â reporter was worried whyÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â self-defending youths ofÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â community had to be disarmed whileÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â attacking Fulani terrorists were left untouched.Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â Brigade Commander in question is said to be a Fulani too, which often also means, Ã¢â‚¬ËœMuslim.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â victims were largely Christians. Unfortunately,Ã‚Â thenews that that army will make available toÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â press, or whichÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â compromised press will carry in other parts ofÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â country, would be that some Ã¢â‚¬ËœterroristsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ have been killed and Ã¢â‚¬ËœBoko HaramÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ settlements have been bombed and burnt.
3. SatanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Desperate Last Struggle
While we mournÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â gruesome killings and most horrible destructions, however, God is turning things around. Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â blood ofÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â many slain is starting to speakÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â change thatÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â land is about to see. Ã‚Â It shall end well for Nigeria despiteÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â lingering pains. Ã‚Â Our Ã¢â‚¬Å“redemption draweth nighÃ¢â‚¬Â (Luke 21:28), which is whyÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â Enemy has been most desperately fierce Ã¢â‚¬â€œ fighting a battle of survival, his last battle forÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â soul of Nigeria.
To be continued
January 24, 2018.