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Igbos, Its Time To Forgive Ex-general Gowon And Let Him Go In Peace ---archbishop Gloria Grace

By Archbishop Gloria Grace

Last night, I felt very compelled to write this short message to our people to release ex-General Yakubu Gowon to go in peace. I felt that he has been carrying a load of guilt over the unjust massacre of Igbos and all that happened during Nigeria/Biafra war. The agitations of Biafra movements even put him into more and more guilt. There is no greater punishment to a man than being a prisoner of his conscience, for life. God wants us to forgive so we can be forgiven. This is because, if we don’t forgive, God cannot forgive both the person who offended us, and us. He wants us to forgive so He will deliver the guilty one and forgive us.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy (Mathew 5:7).

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful (Luke 6:36).

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Mathew 16:14-15).

With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright ( 2 Samuel 22:26 ; Psalm 18:25).

This is probably why the ex-General is still alive: to receive our forgiveness. I don’t know if there are some steps he has made to try to compensate our people; I feel he is dying within himself. I feel that one of his actions that is killing him is what he did to the survivors of Biafran war. He made our people suffer more by giving each of those who have money in their accounts before the war, 20 pounds each including those who were millionaires. He thus, confiscated all the accounts of IGBO people who survived the war, giving them only 20pounds each. All these are killing him. I feel it in my spirit.

If we don’t truly show mercy and forgive him, we will not be healed and restored. Healing and restoration come through forgiveness and love for those who have wounded us. The LORD Jesus, therefore, asked us to love our enemies and pray for those who hate us. We are to do good to those who wounded us so we can be healed and restored. If we don’t, we open door for torture, anger, bitterness and rebellion.

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: ( Ephesians 4:31 ).

Please my people, we have been deeply wounded, massacred, unjustly treated, marginalized all these years; but let us forgive so God can forgive our enemies and heal and restore us.

I can stand on behalf of my people, the IGBOs as a spiritual authority both in the Body of Christ and as leader among my people to forgive ex-General Yakubu Gowon, asking him to go in peace. Perhaps, its time for him to take his exit from the Earth. Perhaps he has made peace with his Maker. We release you sir, so we the IGBOs (true Hebrews) will also receive mercy from the LORD, so He will heal and restore all our wasted years and substances; and restore His covenant with us as He promised in His Word.

Shalom, sir and the people of the North. We pray for you and the people of the North, speaking peace of God upon you all in the precious Name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. We forgive you all. We all fight for the restoration of the entire nation according to God’s prophetic purpose, as the nation that bears the light of God to other nations of the world, as the nation that will host His Glory on Earth. I know of your meetings with Pastors in Maryland, when I lived there few years back, interceding for our dear nation. God’s eternal purpose shall surely stand.

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chido | 6/12/2019 1:09:00 PM
GOWON AND HIS PEOPLE WILL PAY DEARLY FOR WHAT THEY DID TO OUR PEOPLE DURING THE WAR ,SOME FAMILIES ARE SUFFERING TODAY BECAUSE OF WHAT GOWON DID, SO IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR WE TO FORGIVE HIM WHY? BECAUSE GOWON HAS NOT COME OPENLY TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS SO HE MUST PAY DEARLY FOR IT, WHAT FULANI HERDSMEN IS DOING TO THEM IS JUST THE BIGINING
Chuma Anierobi | 6/12/2019 1:44:00 PM
How can some one be forgiven if he did not ask for forgiveness. My point all these years is that Gowon should seek atonement with OUR FATHER behalf of the country. The crime was committed against the land not just against the Ibos. Eastern part of the country is not inhabited by the Ibos alone but all the citizens fought together against the evil.
Chigoziem1967 | 6/12/2019 3:57:00 PM
How you ask me to forgive Gowon,has he ask for forgiveness first let him show remorse.Then you ask the dead to forgive him.They most pay for the atrocities committed against my people.
Priestly Bride | 6/13/2019 2:59:00 AM
Vengeance belongs to God. He will not justify the wicked. Our Place is to forgive an let God Himself judge the wicked. We as humans cannot make a ,man pay for his actions, but God can. You may not know what might have happened to him. Guilt is a heavy punishment that deprives a man of freedom in life. there are things that might have been happening to him or his children. God says that He will visit the iniquity of the Fathers to their children up t the fourth generation except they repent and turn to Him. We never know all that have happened to him but let us follow God's pathway for healing and restoration. We will not let our fellow human being hold us prisoners through our pain. It is only when we forgive that our pains will be healed. Nigeria continues to suffer more devastation bc of these things. Let us pour our heartbreaks to God and let the guilty go so He will judge them. LHe is just Judge and will not justify the wicked. Let the man go in peace and meet his Maker on the judgment hall...if He vindicates or condemns him; it's between him and God.
Chizo | 6/23/2019 3:56:00 PM
It's not his foult our people started it all lets forgive him so we may also have peace of mind our hart and our land.