By Ajibola Abayomi,
December 24, 2018.
Prominent preacher and seer, Primate Ayodele Babaunde Elijah of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Oke-Afa Lagos has called for prayers to support the activities of the Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Colonel Hammed Ali (rtd).
The man of God who praised the Customs CG over the continued successes of the NCS under his watch especially in the area of anti-smuggling and revenue generation, said the service was a pride to the nation and its officers deserved more encouragements from the Federal Government.
Speaking during the public presentation of his annual prophetic book titled “Warnings To The Nations” on 2019 and beyond, a publication he has been reeling out since 1994, the cleric asked Nigerians called for prayers for the Customs boss not take wrongs steps in the coming year.
“The NCS will make more money in 2019, but let us support the body with prayers because I foresee a lot of hardships even for the customs officers themselves. The CG needs to be guided against wrong steps that can unsettle the customs.
“The spirit of God says some of the high ranking customs officers will be retired unexpectedly. You may call it a routine thing however; I foresee a massive shake up in the NCS that will entail changing of most of the controllers heading several customs commands” Ayodele predicted.
The prophet said all hands must be on the deck to compliment the efforts of the customs to secure the nation’s ports. “I am not God, with prayers a lot of bad fortunes can be changed for good. For those who may want to dare divine warnings, they have the almighty to contend with.”
According to him, some saboteurs would attempt to distract the CG so that the customs good works would not be appreciated by the Federal Government but through careful steps and divine wisdom by the NCS management, the distraction could be surmounted.
“Mark my word, some of the ships bringing goods into the country will be banned for shipping weapons and ammunition not approved into Nigeria. A particular ship carrying petroleum will attract attention and it will be confiscated by the customs. You may say that it is the routine job of the customs but those behind it will fight back.
“Tell those in charge of the Nigerian ports to guide against anything that can cause serious inferno at the Apapa port. I am revealing all these because we have brothers and sister who earn their daily meal from the ports. We should assist them with prayers. Prayer is the only weapon I have. I am not a fire service officer but help me warn them ahead of time.
“There will be merger of shipping companies as a result of hardship but that will not solve the entire problems. The solution is for the port regulators to be economically wise with their decisions because there will be revolts against their reforms without human face. Freight forwarders crises will be further polarized and attempt to solve their problems will lead to another so they need to be careful and prayerful.”
On the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the cleric counselled Hadiza Bala Usman the Managing Diretor of the Authority not allowed herself to be distracted with some political moves as there were plots to remove from her office.
“There will be changes among the NPA leadership. The MD should not panic but she should seek the face of God. There will be attempt to approve ammunition for the staff of NPA at the port for self defense if they allow themselves to be soaked by rumour of insecurity.
“Above all, let every operators at the port whether the NCS, NPA and Shippers council trust God the more in 2019 and it shall be well with them” Ayodele prayed.