The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, on Sunday said an unnamed individual once asked him a few months ago to advise President Goodluck Jonathan to go fetish if his administration was committed to ending the terror attacks in some parts of the country.
But he said he discarded the advice because he was convinced that the spiritual warfare was not carnal.
Nebo, a Venerable of the Anglican Communion, disclosed this in a sermon titled, “Jehovah, the omnipotent is our refuge and strength” which he delivered at the Aso Villa Chapel, Abuja.
The service featured a special thanksgiving by Jonathan and his family for the success of the wedding of his foster daughter, Faith, and her husband, Godswill.
The minister said the person, who approached him with the message, also informed him that previous administrations engaged foreign spiritualists who went round the country and made incantations in some strategic places.
He told the bewildered congregation that included Jonathan and his wife, Patience, that the person gave an indication that the foreign spiritualists might have made negative pronouncements against the country, hence the need to bring them back to right the wrong.
Nebo said, the suggestion was that the spiritualists that would be hired would be flown round the country to make incantations aimed at reversing evil.
He said, “Several months ago, people criticised the government when it appeared that there was nothing good that was happening in the country. They spoke against the government and the insurgents continued to do whatever they felt they had been paid to do.
“A man came to me and he was not a Christian and said, ‘you know if you could tell the President to do so and so, these things will stop.
“He said people were imported from outside this country and they were paid by previous administrations to enter the planes and chant some incantations. They flew across all the perimeters of the boundaries of Nigeria.
“He said it was possible that such people had made false and injurious incantations against Nigeria. And that we need to appease them and invite them to go round the entire country again to make their incantations. But I said no.”
Nebo, who took the text of his sermon from Numbers 22, 23 and 24, admitted that indeed there was spiritual warfare raging in the country.
He said while there were people who hate Nigeria, there were others who believe that if they were not ruling, there would be no peace in the country.
He however assured Nigerians that if God be for them, nobody could be against them.
The minister said when all the armies of the enemy were lined up against the country, God would scatter them irrespective of who gathered them.
He said no matter how frightening and terrifying the situation might be and no matter how fierce the battle was, God would not abandon the country.
Nebo added, “We are in spiritual warfare and many do not realise this. Our military will continue to do their work and God will help them. Intelligence agencies will continue to do their work and God will help them.
“But those of us that are vast in spiritual warfare should be able to know that there is more to these things that meets the eye.
“There are people who hate Nigeria; those that believe that except they rule, this country will not be in peace. But there is God in this country and He loves this country.”
He urged the congregation to disregard those he described as noisemakers, saying noisemaking is their psychological warfare.
The minister assured Nigerians that irrespective of current happenings in the current, Nigeria was at the verge of a new dawn.