During the past twenty four hours a few people have expressed their opinion that as a result of an immoral and corrupt polity, as well as an unprincipled and lawless society, God has turned His back on Nigeria.
We Cannot, We Must Not allow ourselves to even entertain such a thought. It is exactly what the devil wants us to think. Yes, we may have leaders that do not care about the state of this nation; leaders who only care about the amount in their bank accounts; but at the end of the day unless we the electorate have a significant change of heart then we have no-one to blame but ourselves.
We are the ones that continue to allow bad leaders to govern us. What real difference is there between those of us that refuse to stand up for our rights and make governments accountable for their poor level of performance because we are too scared of what we might lose out on financially, and those in positions of power who cut corners in order to maximise their profits. Not much difference in my view.
Until we, the electorate finally learn that good governance and long lasting success is actually in OUR hands we will continue to be tossed and turned like kippers on a barbecue. The blame does not lie with God. He definitely has Not turned his back on Nigeria. He is crying for us to wake up from our slumber and selfishness. He wants us to elect the best people into government, in order for us to enjoy the awesome resources he blessed us with.
“Don’t be deceived my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above..”
James 1 vs 17
Oil is not a curse. God blessed Nigeria with oil. He blessed us with minerals. He blessed us with agriculture. He blessed us with natural gas. He blessed us with practically everything.
It is the greed and selfish nature of man that has let this country down. Not God.
It is up to us, the electorate, as to whether or not we want to continue like this. We had a great opportunity to significantly change the attitude of this government in January. But, unlike other countries that have made significant breakthroughs, we were not willing to pay the price – myself included.
Take a look at the history of countries that have made significant breakthroughs in governance and freedoms in the last one hundred years. Somewhere along the line a heavy price was paid by someone, a group of people or a particular region.
I’m sure the Israelites often felt that they were cursed whilst in captivity and bondage in Egypt. However within days of God taking them out of Egypt many were grumbling, believing that it would have been far better to continue living in bondage in Egypt than to be walking in the wilderness, despite the fact they were on their way to the promised land of milk and honey. Here lies the crux of the matter. Many of us would rather continue to wallow in a cycle of bad and corrupt governance than risk the dangers of saying ‘enough is enough.’
It’s up to us. Do we want to continue with ‘better the devil you know?’ Or is it time to say ‘enough is enough?’
This is not a message of violent revolution. It is a message of taking responsibility and holding people accountable. We simply have to start holding our governments accountable. We cannot continue to think that whatever we do won’t make a difference. It WILL make a difference; even if you cannot see or fathom it.
A man taking his dog for a walk along a beach littered with thousands and thousands of star fish noticed a young boy picking up each star fish one by one and throwing them back into the water.
“Young man, what are you doing? There are thousands of them. What difference do you think you’ll make?”
The young boy picked up another star fish, threw it in the water and said “it will make a difference to that one.”
Let’s ensure that the right people are elected into government. Then hold them accountable. It is not too late. We can still turn this country around.
God has not turned His back on Nigeria. He still loves us very much. But He has, and will always be a God of free will.
To truly enjoy God’s love we have to start loving ourselves.