Founder of Christ Apostolic Church, Agbala Itura, Prophet Samuel Abiara has rekindled hope in Nigeria even as he announced the 39th edition of Jesus Festival being hosted by the church.
The festival has been slated to hold from December 6 to 12 at the church’s headquarters in Ibadan, Oyo State.
A coterie of top church leaders has been slated to speak at the event. Many top gospel artists are also expected to grace the occasion which will draw participants from across the world.
Abiara who addressed newsmen at the Lagos branch of the church on Monday pleaded with Nigerians not to lose hope in the country.
He said all will be well. He called on Nigerians in the diaspora to get set to come back home and be part of the good things God would do.
The 79-year old prophet and former General Evangelist of the CAC expressed confidence that Nigeria would overcome its present challenges.
Abiara: Nigeria will be great again
He said, “I want to assure all Nigerians that all will be well. The present crisis we are facing is a phase. It will become history and we all will have cause to rejoice. I can assure you that the future will be okay”
Prophet Abiara said there is no country that does not have challenges. “Who would have believed 9/11 would happen in the US. From time to time nations go through crises. Ours may be man-made crises but then it’s a phase. I believe we will overcome this phase and move to a better and higher ground.”
He urged Nigerians to put their mind at rest and put their hope in God for a better country. “That is the way to start building a better country. We must first hope in God, put our trust in him. Then we must collectively work hard to bring an end to the issues that are setting us back. We have no other country but this country. We can’t afford to rubbish it all the time,” he said.
The CAC prophet said many have accused him of being too patriotic and patronising of the government. “Some people even think the government gives me money. But I don’t go near their money. I have never applied for a grant from the government even for my foundation. I just believe we need to be positive about our country and work for its progress,” he said
He urged Nigerians not to listen to prophets of doom who don’t see good things about Nigeria. He assured, “Nigeria will be great again.”
Government should listen to the masses
Abiara also seized the opportunity of the media chat to call on the government to listen to the cries of the masses.
“That we hope for a good country does not give room for the government to do as they like. Government must listen to the people who elected them into office. They can’t afford to ignore the cries of the people. The youth population is a critical segment of the country. Government must give priority to them and hear them. God can raise a young person to lead us in the future. So government must not take them for granted.”
The Jesus festival
On the Jesus festival, Abiara said when God gave him the vision 39 years ago, it was primarily to create a platform where people from all tribes and denominations will come to honour and celebrate Jesus.
“The festival is a festival of Jesus. We believe coming together to praise the name of Jesus will bring healing and progress to Nigeria. Yearly we gather and invite people from all walks of life to celebrate Jesus with us.”
The festival in time past had been graced by the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa, Rev Benny Hinn and a host of top church leaders.
This time, Bishop Wale Oke, Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo, Rev Esther Ajayi and Rev Funke Adejumo are expected to be at the event to preach.
Also expected at the festival are the President of the Christ Apostolic Church, Pastor S. O.Oladele, the General Evangelist of the church, Prophet Hezekiah Oladeji and Prophet Funso Akande.
Gospel artists @ to grace the event
An array of gospel artists including Evangelist Tope Alabi, Bisi Alawiye, Psalmos, Yetunde Are and Elijah Akintunde are expected to minister in songs at the event. Woli Deborah of Ephphatah In’t Music Ministry and Evang. Dorcas Awolumate are also expected at the weekend-long event.
Prophet Abiara said Nigeria is blessed with great preachers of the gospel and gospel artists. He expressed confidence that the week-long programme will bring transformation to participants and healing to Nigeria.
The programme will feature special prayers sessions for some specific individuals and also for the nation. There will be both morning and afternoon sessions featuring teaching and exposition of God’s word.
The Chairman of the Planning Committee, Bishop Isaac Abiara said adequate security arrangements have been put in place for the festival.
“We have contacted the police and we have been assured of adequate security. We will also observe the covid-19 protocols. Adequate accommodation is being put in place for the participants coming from outside Ibadan,” he said.