Map-of-Nigeria-and-26-governorsIN protest against the killings of Nigerians by herdsmen, General Overseer of the Manna Prayer Mountain, Bishop Dr Chris Kwakpovwe, who is also the author of the popular daily devotional, Our Daily Manna, barred representatives of the presidency, Lagos and Delta State governments from the usual honour accorded them at the ministry’s 2018 World Anointing Night at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos recently. The functionaries of government were politely requested to steer clear of the usual gathering of hundreds of thousands of worshippers. This year, Kwakpovwe shocked believers when he announced that there was no place or special recognition for government functionaries at the meeting. Visibly angry, Kwakpovwe said: “We are all stakeholders in this country. We cannot keep quiet when people are being slaughtered like animals. Some pastors are saying we should buy guns and fight them back. That is not the way to go. We have a weapon that is more lethal than guns. Robert Mugabe was removed in a way that nobody can understand. When we come together like this, we have the authority to command things to happen. Who is buying those AK-47 guns for herdsmen? Who are their sponsors? I declare that God is going to do a new thing that will shock people in this country. The killing is too much. Are we at war?” The programme, which was streamed live in more than 200 countries, witnessed a tumultuous thunder of “Amen” from the congregation to his prayers against the sponsors of the killer herdsmen. Kwakpovwe prophesied that “in six months from now, the sponsors of the killing spree all over the country will lose their hold on power. They will be exposed. They will fight themselves. There will be confusion in their camp.” In an atmosphere of praise and worship featuring Pastor Kunle Ajayi on saxophone, Praise Channel and the Manna Mountain Voices, there was evidence of miracles of healing from different diseases and freedom for those who were possessed by demons. Persuaded by his team, Kwakpovwe later allowed the representative of the wife of the Lagos State governor to present a sealed copy of Her Excellency’s speech (but it was not read) which he received with thanks. The programme was held with the theme: Change of Garment and worshipers were encouraged to carry out symbolic tearing off their clothes, which represented life’s circumstances that they did want to be associated with.