Even though companies have been acquiring or merging with other companies from time immemorial, the terms “merger and acquisition” were very popular in Nigeria during the regime of Professor Charles Soludo, the erstwhile governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. That was when banks were mandated to recapitalize to the tune of 25billion naira. The ones that could not fulfill that requirement either merged with others or were acquired by the more financially viable ones.

But going by the recent prophecy by Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and President of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, not just companies and banks alone, even countries are about to witness mergers and acquisition on a much larger scale. According to Bishop Oyedepo, known for his candid and unwavering position on national and global issues, richer nations will soon begin to acquire some poor nations as a result of economic woes. Speaking recently at one of the services at Faith Tabernacle, the modern-day prophet and apostle of faith maintained that some economically struggling nations would soon begin to practically beg their neighbouring nations for a chance to become mere states in the bigger nations, a situation he termed ‘divine judgment”.

He also assured Nigerians that the forthcoming general elections would be peaceful, urging that those who are currently relocating their family members abroad for fear of a breakdown of law and order, before, during and after the elections to desist from it:
“What is happening on the earth today is divine judgment,” he thundered. “We have never had crises all over the world like we’ve had in the last few years. In those days, it used to be two nations fighting per time. But these days, many nations are fighting at the same time,” he continued. 

He posited that famine would soon wreak havoc in the world, forcing nations to mortgage their future. “Now there is famine in diverse places…we will soon hear that nations are acquiring other nations; some will even sell themselves to other nations, begging them to allow them become states in their nations,” he noted.

The grandfather apostle however assured members that there was a way out of the ‘gross darkness’ that is engulfing the world. Quoting the Bible book of Psalms 91, the Chancellor of Covenant University, one of the ministry’s private institutions said, “But in all these, God has an exemption plan for His children. The Bible says ‘A thousand shall fall at your side and ten thousand on the right hand, but it shall not come near you, because we are listed among the redeemed. Judgment is coming down on the wicked but there shall no evil befall you.”

The 60-year-old pastor ended by assuring worshippers and Nigerians that the forthcoming general elections would be devoid of crises as anticipated in some quarters. In a rather prophetic manner, he bellowed, “Watch it, concerning this nation, there’s a great future. This election shall be peaceful; it will come to pass like a dream of the night. Offices will not be shut down for a moment; it shall be peaceful, there will be order as ordained by God and we will celebrate at the end of the day, he assured.

The pastor also had a word for politicians who rely so much on ‘godfatherism’ for victory at the polls: “There is no kingmaker on the earth; God is the only authentic kingmaker. So He will ensure that His Will is established in Nigeria at all levels. He will ensure there’s no war by putting in power only those who are righteous,” he told his congregation.

By Lucky Ihanza

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