Renowned Kenyan pan-Africanist and human rights activist, Patrick Lumumba, emphasized that achieving liberation for the African continent cannot be attained through fasting and prayer.
Speaking at The Platform, a non-political and non-denominational event hosted by The Covenant Nation in Lagos on Monday, he stressed the importance of addressing conflicts and reforming governance as essential steps to save Africa. Lumumba further stated that neglecting the governance issue would impede the continent’s progress.
Lumumba said, “Africa has become a continent where after every election, there is conflict because the pursuit of power is the cutthroat competition where our throats are actually cut.
“We have a problem in that direction and the sooner we resolve that, the safer we will be. Africa can rise and Africa will rise, but it is not going to rise by prayer and fasting,” he added.
He emphasized that Africa won’t receive freedom effortlessly; instead, the continent must assert itself and shoulder the responsibility for its own destiny.
Lumumba said, “We must pray and fast but it will not happen, because the last time I checked even those of you who are believers – when Abraham was taken from the Ur of the Chaldeans and given Canaan, it was not on a silver platter. He had to fight the Canaanites; he had to fight the Philistines.
“That is the nature of divine instruction, ‘Go ye and subdue the world by the sweat of thy brow’. The kitchen where they made manna was closed. Manna will no longer come, because you must now make your manna and it is our duty as Africans to begin to rethink,” he added.
Lumumba observed that the courageous actions the continent chooses to take will serve as a pathway toward a brighter future for future generations.
“The younger generations – (there is a saying in Tchi Malawi, more precious than our children than our children’s children) When we are doing these things we must remind ourselves that we are doing this for this generation and generation yet to be born,” he said.
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