17 November 2003

Nigeria: Seeking Healing, South African Monarch Visits Synagogue

Lagos — The king of Zulu land, in South Africa, His Majesty Zwelithini Goodwill Zulu yesterday canvassed for the return of dignity to Africa, charging that the ball of change on the continent is in Africa's court.

The Zulu monarch who was accompanied by his wife, Queen Bulile, was at the Synagogue Church of All Nations to seek healing for his daughter, Princess Sibusile. He said that the time has come when people should listen when God speaks.

Addressing the congregation at the end of a worship-cum-healing service at the Synagogue, the Zulu monarch said, "The time has come when people should listen when God speaks. Because Africa has come across very many problems in the past and because of the problems that were created by the people of Africa. But it is about time that we rediscover Africa. Time was when Africa was woven together by family ties. But today people have lost the family ties and love. And it is the surest way to fail."

King Zulu who came to the Synagogue after Prophet T.B. Joshua miraculously healed Princess Sibusile of epilepsy, said "the ball is in our court. We are the ones to bring dignity back to fellow African people. And we cannot do that while we still have a lot of things that are against the way of God. I do believe that once we bring that love between persons of Africa back, no problem will take us a long time to solve."

Sharing his views on the continent he observed: "Africa has been held down by wars, unnecessary wars. Most people today are running away from their countries because of poverty and wars. Poverty is invited by men.

"African people used to do a lot of things together, but no more, because wars have set us apart. Somehow we can criticise colonialism, that has been very destructive to the interest of Africa. But most countries in Africa have since achieved freedom. Some through the barrel of the gun, some through peaceful negotiation, but despite that we are free, we still suffer from wars and poverty. Many people die of hunger and disease, though Africa has a rich land."

Commending Prophet Joshua's impact on humanity and Africa, the Zulu king revealed that "it is the first time that I have been invited to a congregation of this nature by an African son of the continent. What he is today, and what you have heard about Pastor Joshua, has brought so many people into Nigeria. I know that we live in tumultuous and trying times. There are a lot of things that have affected me and there are still a lot of tests ahead."

Beaming a spotlight on the moral condition of Africa, the king regretfully observed that many lives were being lost daily to HIV/AIDS. His words: "Our young people die, our young girls have lost their virginity. What do our men teach them? We should help rebuild Africa because the future of Africa is being destroyed by the kind of youths we are bringing up.

"God will help those who help themselves. But we must reclaim our pride. We must do something for ourselves. We must teach our children the right morals, and we must teach them to listen and practice what they are taught. We must teach them to be part and parcel of teaching the word of God. When they come to Church everyday, they must put the word of God ahead of them."

After his speech which was severally interrupted with applause from an appreciative congregation, the Church's children's section sang several Zulu songs with dancing to the delight of the monarch.

Princess Sibusile, now a trainee evangelist in the Synagogue revealed over the weekend that her healing had made deep impact on her father's kingdom and also on her country's former president, Nelson Mandela.

In her words: "You know as the Queen of women, being the first daughter of the king, my ailment was a sought of problem to our people and my spirited father, Nelson Mandela because the ailment had disgraced me and my people at public functions.

"I, my father and the entire kingdom were so worried that the entire kingdom and Nelson Mandela had to assemble the best doctors in South Africa and a surgery operation was carried out at St Augustine's Hospital in Durban but it persisted and this became a serious problem to the kingdom."

According to the Zulu Princess, she spent six months at the hospital with no cure in sight. "Somebody suggested to my father that I should be taken to the Synagogue in Nigeria and I thank God that I came and I am well again."

Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba had early in the year also visited the Synagogue to seek cure for an undisclosed ailment.

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