Rev. Chris Okotie and 2015

Posted: August 7, 2013 in HMMMM, Naija Scene, News, Opinion, State House, The Grind Theorem
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Rev. Chris Okotie

Rev. Chris Okotie

Perennial presidential candidate and flamboyant Lagos pastor, Rev Chris (or is it Kris?) Okotie is in the news again, and in many ways, surprisingly early, considering the fact that the next elections is still two years away, and when we sort of expect Rev Okotie to once again announce to us that he wants to be the next president of Nigeria.

A few months ago, we were treated to the spectacle of a court case involving the senior pastor of the Household of God Church and his former pianist who had sued him for not paying millions in fees despite serving the church for years.

However, Rev Okotie is in the news because of a stirring article he wrote in The Scoop where he raged on about the state of insecurity in the country, specifically the rising spate of kidnapping.

He gave examples of prominent kidnapping cases such as those of elder statesman, Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno in Maiduguri earlier this year, and of the mother of the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Prof Kanene Okonjo who is also the Queen of Ogwashi-Uku in Delta late last year.

However, he reserved his most virulent rage for the government of the day, who let’s face it, have the constitutional mandate to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians:

“We are fast approaching a stage where well-meaning Nigerians must make the affirmation that if the law cannot defend us, we must defend the law; otherwise social miscreants who have taken up arms against the republic may soon push us into the proverbial ‘state of nature’ described in Thomas Hobbes’ monumental book , Leviathan. Our defence of the law must begin with holding to account the custodians of our political mandate and those we entrust with the enforcement of law and order. If they cannot guarantee the protection of the citizenry despite having a legitimate control of the instrument of coercion, they become culpable and not deserving of the exercise of our mandate. The honourable next course of action for them is to quit the stage before this escalating reign of terror overwhelms us completely “

He also expressed his displeasure at the undeclared but again, obvious ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan to run for a second term “after barely entering the midpoint of his first term”, in Okotie’s words, too early in his opinion.

It is left to see if Okotie’s words can pack a punch in terms of real impact, as it is undeniable that his integrity has taken a battering after not once, or twice, but thrice declaring he had been ordained by God as Nigeria’s next president and ending up not even near the front runners at the ballot.

His search for relevance as the 2015 elections approach becomes more of a wasted effort when you factor in the fact that his darling Fresh Democratic Party (FDP) has been struck off the register by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Maybe, just maybe he plans to joining the ‘mega-party-in-formation’, the All Progressives’ Congress (APC).

We are waiting and watching.


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