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Leah Sharibu: The Prisoner of Conscience

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Anikulapo Macmillan

 

Her story has been like the story of Daniel in the den of terror. In the face of captivity her captors kept her just because she refused to call another faith. She is the mercurial of her own conscience. One of the first in the history that never denies her religion and She is Leah; but powerful than her co-mate in the scripture.

Leah Sharibu is our daughter. One of the girls that have brought our country to her kneels. Not just a martyr of faith but a girl whose spirit has driven us all to her struggle since she was abducted in Dapchi. And that abduction was historic.

It is seemingly a thought of a cohesive expression to the government. I see her than the way Nigerians see her. She is the girl that has made us to understand that religion is fate and faith is faith— in time of obstacle. Someone who doesn’t compromise her principle rather beseech in the spirit of prayer. That voice of Leah begins to come to us than it echoes to her captors. Meanwhile, she is supposed to be in school.

While some of her colleagues are intensely studying for the school certificate exam but she is here dying to be rescued. And Prof. Wole Soyinka has compared her to the late apartheid fighter, Nelson Mandela. In Soyinka’s poem titled: ‘’ Mandela’s Earth’’ the poem has a conjectural meaning that Mandela reverted to those who jailed him. ‘’ NO! He said’’

These particular words came out to Leah Sharibu as well. When she said— No! And perhaps in Wole Soyinka’s poem: ‘’ I am the rock, this Island. I toiled’’ this is what our own Leah stands for. However, the poem says: ‘’ in and out of time wrap, I am that rock/ in the black hole of the sky’’ truly, Sharibu has become the rock of human.

She has made us to understand that her release is important to us. That her struggle is to end bigotry and fanaticism in our country and perhaps to let everybody has the right to believe in faith. To have been in captivity for this time is terribly bad for a sixteen years old girl in her own country.

Recently, she celebrated her sixteen years birthday. In the den of terror, just because she is not ready to deny her own faith— meanwhile, if Jesus were to be alive he would have seen that Leah Sharibu loves him than her own life. And this means a lot for sacrifice. To a girl who has hope for her beloved country.

Probably, had it been her mother knew that such would happen, she would have been like the character in Toni Morrison’s novel: ‘’ Beloved’’ where the mother kills her own daughter because she doesn’t want her to face racism. Is this not a religion manhunt? — For Leah’s mother to cry helplessly for her beloved daughter to be released.

And I believed that the day she was abducted in her school with her other abductors, she would have recited the national anthem and pledge. That she was serving Nigeria with all her strength and now; is Nigeria serving her back? Or has the government forgotten that Leah is a citizen?

This means her life matters to every single Nigeria. And it is the duty of President Buhari to let her come back to her parent. Still, her life is not enmeshed, with wrong faith rather she has been the quintessential girl that knows how to identify her own right. Her life means a lot to all of us. Not that she is just a mere girl child, she is our daughter.

Therefore, it is the ability of the government to provide for her needs in captivity. To rescue her is even the major concern of all Nigerians. What is the point to the military if she can’t be rescued? Is it that our military are scared to fight the insurgency? All I know is that if Leah Sharibu is not being rescued that means her parent will lose hope in Buhari’s Administration.

However, she is the prisoner of conscience. She is the prisoner that has not failed to know her God.  She has indeed believed in her faith like one of the character in James Joyce’s short story, Dubliners. And, still her colleagues were released but she was held back because she refused to deny her faith. This is a simple meaning of a cultured girl. And she strongly believes in the article of faith.

Leah is an affable girl that knows that her right is to be freed from the thraldom of dooms. In a society of ours, because what she has done do not deserve this kind of maltreatment she is receiving. If truly, we have a government that understands the people— the Leah Sharibu of our time won’t spend these hours and days in captivity.

To make the system function, let us all know that, what happens to Leah Sharibu, could affect anybody. And prior to her abduction, we knew the Chibok girls’ story. Yet, the government has not found measure to liaise with the insurgent. And what I expect the government should have done is to take the military serious than ever. And the military needs to deploy tactics and strategy because this is like a fratricide.

For every life, it matters to us that, we should never forget to know that Leah Sharibu is still a piquant subject that can never be forgotten. Thus, her abduction is cumbersome. Perhaps, I expect the government to know that Nigerians want Leah Sharibu alive.

Her parent has cried for too long; to the extent that, they talked like the English poet, Andrew Marvel, in his poem: To His Coy Mistress, which says: ‘’Had we but world enough and time/ this coyness, lady, were no crime.’’ With truism, she has no crime. But, if Buhari forgets to do the needful, Leah Sharibu’s spirit won’t make Nigeria rest just because she is innocent.

Let us know that a sixteen years old girl has decided to hold on to her faith; and this makes her to be the prisoner of conscience. Even with a conscience heart, we pray for release.

@Babatunde_Mac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Iniubong Umoren: The Wicked Attempt to Link Her Death to Akpabio Family Will Fail

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The country was recently awash with the sorrowful story of the heinous crime of kidnap and gruesome murder of the innocent job seeker and University of Uyo graduate, Iniubong Umoren recently somewhere in Akwa Ibom State.

Nigerians were shocked to their marrows when it became apparent that one Frank Uduak Akpan was responsible for not only raping her but killing and burying her in a shallow grave somewhere in the State. The police declared the said Frank wanted but arrested his father who was suspected as an accomplice when it became apparent that Frank was on the run. As God would have it, he was eventually arrested through the effort of one Kuffre Effiong and the police who lured and promised him that he will receive the co-operation of the police if he is innocent as he originally claimed.

It is of utmost interest to note that Frank’s arrest was somewhere in Shelter Afrique Junction, Uyo, not in a hotel or a house of anybody.

This story is so tormenting and horrendous that emotions naturally went high when the sad news was broken both on the traditional and social media. The prayer of everyone was that whosoever was responsible for this heinous act for whatever purpose should be brought to justice and no one born of a woman who has blood running in his veins will want this kind of crime to be covered up, no matter the personality/ties involved.

However, it is astonishing and profoundly wicked for any being, let alone a trained journalist to sit in the comfort of his home or office in far away America and concoct lies just to drag the name of Senator Akpabio and his dear wife in the murder saga just to satisfy whosoever is paying him for that kind of “dirty job”.

At what point does fiction transform into a reality and to what end can any sane being market cock and bull story to un-discerning members of the public? It is still shocking that mere conjectures of a journalist have been made  to develop a life and be termed factual without any shred of evidence linking the crime to the Akpabios. The only snag in all these though, is that marketing fictions today through the social media has become the pastime of evil doers and the un-discerning members of the public have become so gullible that these tortoise  stories are taken in, line, hook and sinker without any pinch of salt.

In a short while, we will analyse this story as put out by this David Hundeyin who is said to be a Nigerian Investigative Journalist  resident in America from where he has perfected his nasty habit of running people down with his fictional stories about matters he has no knowledge of, maybe for money or just to garner fame. Reading many of Hadley Chase books is very good, but the danger is when the reader cannot distinguish between fiction and reality.

By the way when his lies fell like pack of cards, he is alleged to have  hurriedly pulled down the story of linking senator Godswill Akpabio  and his dear wife to the murder allegation from his blog or someone’s blog by name Newswirengr where he titled the story “Murder in Uyo: Who Killed Hiny Umoren?” He has a right to refute the story of having pulled it down.

In his report, the journalist claimed that he analyzed the telephone calls of the prime suspect in the murder case, Akpan . According to him, Akpan called a number of people after the murder of the female graduate. He  stated that the said Kuffre Effiong works with Niger Delta Civil Service. He further alleged that  the  killer and the said Kuffre Effiong met physically at a certain 58G, Ewet Housing Estate in Uyo. His “investigative skill” revealed that Akpan the alleged killer worked for an “illegal organ trafficking ring to feed the booming global black market organ trade”.

His fictional story line continued from his Twitter handle on 11th of May where he further published his falsehood as follows ” It has just come to my attention that Davok Suites, the hotel at the centre of the 58 Unit G/S 9, Unit G, Ewet Housing Estate nexus involving Kuffre Effiong and Frank Uduak is owned by none other than Ekaette Akpabio, wife of Godswill Akpabio”

As evidence of pure insanity occasioned by excessive use of terrible and self destructive drugs, the said David Hundeyin continued,  “In other words, this place where Frank Uduak Akpan, fresh from murdering Ini Umoren came to meet Kuffre Effiong, belongs to the wife of Kuffre’s boss and Federal Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio. So which politician has Kuffre been running errands for?”

Before analyzing David Hundeyin’s super script meant for Nollywood, this writer is very grateful to God that the said culprit, Mr Frank Akpan, his cousin Kuffre Effiong and one Local Government Chairman of Uruan in the State who is a relation to both Kuffre and Frank  are all alive, and happily too the culprit is presently in the custody of the Nigerian Police Authority for proper investigation. These people have made and are still making useful statements to the police authority whom we implore to employ extreme and painstaking professionalism in investigation and come up quickly with their findings, including what steps should be taken to ensure justice to the family of the bereaved. The girl’s death as a matter of fact,  must surely be avenged by the Authorities.

This innocent victim sought to be gainfully employed instead of engaging in anything illegal or criminal like some do,  but met her end in an unfortunate circumstance that demands remedy and justice.

Back to David Hundeyin’s story. He said “he analyzed the telephone calls of the prime suspect and he found out that the suspect called several persons after the murder”. One of the persons he allegedly called, according to him, was Kuffre Effiong who worked with Niger Delta Civil Service. Having found out that the said Kuffre works with Niger Delta Civil Service,  he must have been told by his co-conspirators who specialize in smearing Senator Akpabio’s name to go ahead and link by all means the heinous crime to him in order to make headline and give them a false sense of victory. If only men were God?

In no distant time, his collaborators fed  him another lies that the alleged killer, Mr Frank Akpan met Kuffre in a hotel named  Davok Suites at Ewet Housing Estate in Uyo and they mentioned the address of the place. The Hotel according to him  belongs  to the wife of senator Godswill Akpabio. With that,  he ran to the market with the story that Akpabio and his dear wife were certainly the ones responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent girl, more so since they must have been engaged in his imaginative illicit global market specialising in  trading on human parts!

Fortunately the culprit has made both written and oral statements which the police authority are in custody of. The cousin, Mr Kuffre Effiong has also issued a comprehensive statement on his Facebook Page  which can be seen online by those who want to know the truth and the Local Government Chairman who is in opposing political party with Senator Akpabio has also issued a statement on the incident. By virtue of their various  statements, the following are the emerging truth about this case pending when the  police  will conclude their investigation:

(a) The alleged culprit Mr Frank Akpan, Mr Kuffre Effiong  and the Local Government Chairman of  Uruan are all related as they are cousins. None of them have any relationship with the Akpabios either remotely or directly. None of them has ever met Senator Godswill Akpabio or his wife or their existence known to the couple.

(b) The culprit Mr Frank Akpan was arrested at Shelter Afrique Junction by the Nigerian Police in conjunction with the said Mr Kuffre Effiong, a cousin to the culprit who used his relationship to lure the culprit into police reach for the seamless arrest.

(c) The culprit was taken to the house of the Local Government Chairman of Uruan which is at Ewet Housing Estate in company of the DPO, one ASP and Mr Kuffre Effiong who facilitated the arrest. Taking the culprit to the house of the Chairman at Ewet Housing Estate was the suggestion of the said DPO of the nearby Police Station who felt that it will be a proper place and method to use to calm the suspect down in order to elicit his co-operation.

(d) The alleged Davok Suites, a hotel in Uyo which from the story as stated by the parties in this case  was never utilized either before, during and after the crime, has never been owned and is presently not  belonging  TO THE WIFE OF SENATOR AKPABIO. That the said hotel is alleged to be owned by Her Excellency Mrs Akpabio has been a myth used by the patronizers of the hotel  to boost their ego as to the quality of the hotel they patronize in Uyo. The Akpabios have nothing to do with the hotel in terms of management or ownership. Most importantly in this fictional story of the said Hundeyin,  is the fact that the hotel was never used either before, during or after the crime by the culprit or his alleged accomplices.

(e) To exhaust this issue and make an open show of the concocted cock and bull story of the Investigative journalist David Hundeyin, let me go further to give him the benefit of the doubt that assuming but not conceding that the said Kuffre Effiong, a relation of the culprit who from his own account only assisted the Nigerian Police to arrest the culprit,  works in Niger Delta Ministry, does that mean that any crime he allegedly commits will be attributed to the Minister of the said Ministry? How stupid is that kind of assumption,  especially in criminal jurisprudence which requires mens rea(intention) and actus reus(act of the accused) to establish criminal liability? In the absence of any conspiracy,  direct or circumstantial evidence, no individual can be convicted of a crime he knows nothing about in Nigeria. None here was established in the said story.

(f) Let me extend my generosity further to Mr Hundeyin by assuming but not conceding that the alleged Hotel, Davok Suites is owned by the wife of Senator Akpabio. Will this mean that  any crime committed in the hotel by a user who has no legal, biological or any direct or indirect relationship with the owner will be legally established against the owner of the hotel? In other words, in the absence of any established conspiracy, direct or circumstantial evidence against the owner, can our jurisprudence be suddenly  transformed to hold the owner of a hotel criminally liable for any crime committed using his or her hotel in the absence of any mens rea and actus reus as earlier explained?

Few months ago, I was aware of the  several meetings called by certain persons in Nigeria where activists, top journalists and chronic critics were recruited to engage in public smearing of Akpabio’s name by all means. The battle has been on, they started with the case of the Professor who was recently convicted for alleged electoral fraud during the last Senatorial Election in Akwa Ibom State. When the attempt to link the said fraud with Senator Godswill Akpabio failed like pack of cards as superior and more logical arguments were presented, they recoiled and came up with this one that sounds more stupid and idiotic. We never knew that they can descend into a pit like this, all in a bid to destroy a man for whatever reasons,  known to them.

The Nigerian Police, hopefully are on top of this Umoren’s unfortunate death. They should be allowed to carry out a full scale investigation as to who and those behind the gruesome rape and murder of that innocent girl. Using the unfortunate incident to run down Senator Godswill Akpabio and his family has failed woefully. The truth of the matter is that “No weapon fashion against Senator Godswill Akpabio whether now, tomorrow or in the future will stand”. The reason for this is,  “No man can curse a man whom God has marked out for blessings”.

Mr Hundeyin has committed both criminal and civil wrongs in this campaign of calumny against Senator Akpabio and that of his wife. If he thinks that by being in  far away America he can utilise the social space to malign someone and escape justice, he has committed a grievous  error.  The arms of the law will ultimately catch up with him if he fails, refuses and neglects to withdraw his  cock and bull story about the involvement of the Akpabios in the unfortunate incident of Ini’s death and apologize to them, he stands all the legal risks associated with such criminal and civil defamation. It is his choice!

Enough said.

Written by Mr. Smart Chizurum, a socio-political commentator and analyst writes from Akwa Ibom State

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s courage

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By: Bayo Onanuga
Governor Nasir El-Rufai is fighting a new war that both the Federal and other 35 States and the FCT are shying away to confront, choosing instead to cower in fear of the blackmail of labour.
How much of state resources should be spent on governance, in paying salaries, pensions and other emoluments of civil servants and political appointees? 40%, 60%, 80%, 90% or even all?
Aregbesola confronted this question as governor of Osun, leading to his innovative formula of paying a percentage of workers emoluments as he allocated resources into building roads, schools and other infrastructure. His government was badly cash strapped and he could not even do anything for the people of Ilesha, his hometown, who rewarded him by snubbing his party in the 2018 governorship election.
Despite the efforts by President Buhari to spread state debts over 30 years, giving them a huge financial relief, the states are back with the same problem, unable to pay salaries.
Kwara has refused to pay the minimum wage of N30,000. Gombe also announced a default. Kano recently announced wage cuts. Many states are groaning as the workers demand full payment for their services.
My state of Ogun has a huge bill of N50 billion in pension arrears. I laughed when Gov. Abiodun said he would reduce the bill by N2billion every year, which means in eight years, he would have paid just N16billion, with the bill growing bigger and bigger every year.
No one begrudges workers for demanding full payment for working for government, some spending 35 years in service. They retire, awaiting retirement benefits or the contributory pension, many states are not paying. Their plight is pitiable and we have seen pathetic scenes of retirees dying on the queue, while waiting for payment.
Government must think out a solution. El-Rufai has taken a route that Federal and States avoid, by deciding to rightsize the civil service. The pandemic has been an eye-opener, when workers were ordered to stay at home. It became clear that government does not need the thousands of people on its payroll.
If everyone had taken a rational decision by asking the redundant workers to go, this would have freed money to enable govt provide roads, hospitals, schools and others.
Resources are shrinking for these hugely critical capital heads, a reason, our roads and schools are failing and hospitals have become worse than consulting centres.
The way out is what El-Rufai is saying in Kaduna to striking workers.
“KDSG will not submit its treasury to the entitled minority. We will reform and rightsize our public service to meet the needs and resources of the Kaduna State even if the NLC strikes ad infinitum.
“The government remains committed to using all the resources it can generate to serve the interests of the majority of its citizens, providing social services beyond paying salaries, always putting the interests of the many ahead of the few’.
El-Rufai should not be left to confront this issue alone. Federal, states need an urgent summit on how to strike a balance between paying civil servants and allocating resources to the needs of the majority.
Back to my question: how much percentage of a state resources should go into salaries?
I will say that anything above 30 percent should send the alarms ringing, as it will cause the acute social and economic problems we have today, when government has become a total failure in catering for the masses.
For now Governor El-Rufai wins my trophy for courage.
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THE NIGERIAN CHURCH AND THE DADABIADA PRINCIPLE

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BY MOSES OLUDELE IDOWU
                                                                  Pastor Adefarasin And The Incredible Option
“I urge you all to have a plan B and start making moves on how to leave this Country. I know you have faith. I have faith too but I have a plan B.
With Technology I can speak to you from anywhere in the World.
Get yourself a plan B. Whether that’s by Okada to Cameroon or a flying Boat to Seme Border.
Do whatever you can to see you leave this Country.”
Those are not my words. They belong to one of the notable Votaries of modern Christian religion in Nigeria today. And one of the best.
Pastor Paul Adefarasin is a Man I like and who I believe carried a special unction.
I was invited once to a Dinner at Sheraton Hotels where he was Guest Speaker. It was my first and only time I heard him and I had a favorable impression about him. He really impressed me.
Somehow, I used to consider him probably one of the best Pastors we have, a former PFN Chair in Lagos until I read the words of the epigraph.
Now it appears even the best need to be taught. Now I see why Nigeria is going nowhere and why the Church seems stranded in this Nation.
Now I see why Leonald Ravenhill, the Author of WHY REVIVAL TARRIES says that “before revival can come to a Place a Prophet must first preach to Pastors”.
I am troubled, greatly troubled by those words.
Since morning when I read them I have not been able to shut them out of my mind.
I have always known that Nigerian Pastors are weak in the knowledge of History what I did not know is that that weakness encompasses a whole gamut of knowledge systems which also include even Theology, Logic and Philosophy.
I am troubled that a Man who speaks to thousands of Parishioners weekly is asking them to get ready to bolt away before the Boat capsizes with everyone on board.
But what if like Jonah’s Boat it fails to capsize ? After throwing Jonah overboard?
I am troubled that a Man who is supposed to be a Stakeholder in the NIGERIAN Project and a Beneficiary from Nigeria, Son of a High Court Judge is the one encouraging his Admirers not to stay to salvage Nigeria but to leave by the next available flight in the event of failure or war.
I am amazed that a Man who has built multi Billion Naira project as Church building with sweat and labour of the People is ready to leave all as a Plan B, leaving his Congregation behind to their fate.
Of what use is a Gospel that cannot survive or encounter a crisis ? Is that a Gospel ?
Paul encouraged his Ephesian Congregants to “stand firm, immovable and resist all wiles of the Devil” and they faced worse hostility in Asia Minor against CHRISTIANITY then.
But our own bearer of that name, our own imitation of Paul is asking all his Congregation to have a plan B so that in the event that God does not answer prayers, they can leave Nigeria…
Leave the Nation to the Antichrist, Islamists, Jihadists, Cultists etc.
This is where I disagree with him and with his plan B.
There is nothing wrong in making contingency plans or alternate plans. It is good and a sign of wisdom.
But not in this case.
On matters that are not too important, why not ? On matters of job, career, income, residence etc.
But to surrender your Nation, the Land of your Fathers and Ancestors, your birthplace and heritage to Sadists, Rogues, Bandits and Jackals is not only contemptuous it is treason against the Gospel and the spirit of Apostolic CHRISTIANITY.
Did I say treason? No it is more than that. It is high treason.
Three things are wrong in those statements by Pastor Paul Adefarasin which I want to point out before I round up this piece.
1. The idea of running away from trouble. (Although he did not expressly say so this is what his counsel points to.)
2. The false and ignoble idea of eating your Cake and still have it. (“With Technology I can speak to you anywhere in the World”)
3. The false ideas that Nigerian Leaders are crazy or idiotic.
The futility of running away.
It is not always wrong to run from danger. Sometimes it is the only course left. That is understandable.
The Infant Jesus and his Parents had to flee to Egypt but it was at the command of God.
Elijah had to leave Israel but at the direction of God. Moses had to leave Egypt his native land for rebellion and for his life.
These are however different.
These are Individuals and isolated cases which cannot be used to build doctrines upon.
It is a different thing when an entire Congregation running to thousands is being asked to down tool and run from their Fatherland. I cannot see this in the Bible.
If a genocide is coming is the only option available is to run?
If a war is coming is plan B the alternative?
Why are we so sure even before the battle that we shall lose?
The American Christians are preparing for their own battle to recover their Nation and Fatherland not to run here or to any Nation.
And our own plan B is to run away? To be a burden to other People rather than to contend for the faith here by all means either by fire or by thunder?
That is why I fear Nigerian Pastors.
You can see why Nigeria Christians are so weak and fickle minded. You can see why modern Nigerian Christianity is, in the words of a Ghanaian critic, “1000 km wide but 1/2 inch thick.”
History tells us that running away solves nothing. It merely postpones the evil day.
What you run for will run after you and overtake you.
Abraham saw famine and ran to Egypt. That singular incursion brought Hagar into his life and Ishmael and the distortion of a destiny and history which we are still grappling with today.
Did the famine go away? Not at all.
It came again in the days of Isaac. He too ran away to Abimelech.
The famine again came in the days of Jacob and he too ran to Egypt.
It came also in the days of Joseph; and Joseph confronted it manfully and technically and overcome it.
That was the end of famine for a long time.
Joseph’s Sons never saw famine because for once their Father fought the battle and won rather than running away like his Ancestors.
The point is: What you run away from will one day run after you and pursue you and your Children.
If this is what Adefarasin wishes for his Members, good luck.
2. The second issue is what I found very uncomfortable if not despicable. “With technology I can speak to you anywhere in the World”
How about that ?
Our Pastor is not only planning of running away he also wants to keep his Church in one breath.
If everyone runs or leaves according to his plan B who would he be speaking to back in Nigeria ?
Therein is the logic of our Pastors and why the wheel won’t roll.
What moral authority do you have to still speak to a People after abandoning them in their hour of need ?
Does a Pastor still have a moral tight to preach to a People after running for his life even before the first shot is fired ?
The unworkability of this plan B is the most worrying aspect of the whole thing.
How many Nigerians can survive Abroad ?
Many of those who are hearing this won’t make it in America with its expensive setting. Neither Britain.
The economies of these Western Nations are so developed that they won’t need most Nigerians with their third rate education, for those who even have.
The African Nations are becoming tired of us.
Ghana no longer want us but she is too polite to say so officially.
Cameroon is not a place most Nigerians will find pleasant. Niger is no go. Chad is taboo. Benin Republic cannot take the flood of Nigeria for it would cause its economy to snap.
So you can see that plan B is not workable for all but few.
3. The last point Adefarasin made is what I consider interesting. Hear him:
” Just get your plan B because these People are crazy. The Leaders we have, they are all bunch of Jokers” (Source : Sahara reporters online 11/5/2021.)
With deep respect, I beg to disagree.
There is something we are missing that is ruining us. Nigerian Leaders are not crazy, Nigerians are.
Nigerian Leaders are not idiotic (as he was quoted somewhere else), it is Nigerians that are both foolish, crazy and idiotic.
Once we miss it here we shall continue to miss it everywhere.
Nigerians put all the blame on their Leaders and exonerate themselves.
Was it God and Angels that elected Buhari ? Or Nigerians ?
Is there anything Buhari is doing now that he did not do in his first 4 years ? Yet even in spite of this Nigerians still voted him in 2019. So who is crazy ? Certainly not Buhari.
Are there no legislators ? Is democracy no more a Government of checks and balances ?
Where are the checks and balances in our own Democracy ? Where in the midst of all these, is our overpaid but underused Absentees, the highest paid in the World. Missing in action.
So our Leaders are not crazy, Nigerians who sent dudes, to Abuja to represent them seem to me the craziest of the lot.
No, our Leaders are not the crazy ones it is Nigeria’ system and Nigerians that are crazy.
Look at this and pay attention.
Obasaanjo according to his own Book and Account and which Alabi-Isama confirmed lost about 1400 Soldiers on his first day in battle with Biafrans. How about that ?  He still became a General and Head of State.
Murtala Mohammed lost several too, he still became a General and a Head of State to boot.
Now look at this: Another General who ended with a far lesser casualties at the Yom Kippur War was dismissed by the Israeli Defence Force for taking wrong decisions that led other Israelis to their deaths.
That is the difference between Nigerian system and Israel’s and between Nigerian Army and Israeli Army.
And that is why till tomorrow Israel is a terror to its enemy while Nigeria is being terrorized by its Enemies.
No. Our Leaders are not crazy, our systems are and Nigerians who accommodate it.
I want to now close this essay.
Why is it morally reprehensible to run away from the Place of your commission ?
For anyone to run from the place where he has been assigned by God is not right. For a Soldier of Christ to run away from the Zone of danger is a letdown to the Almighty.
If everyone runs what happens to God’s Purpose for Nigeria ?
Where you are running to if they too had bolted during conflict where would you have gone ?
Do our Pastors not say God called them ? What happened to that calling ? Does it include running away ?
Paul was beaten,, stoned and sawn several times yet he would return to that same Land to see the Brethren.
People have suffered and even died for the sake of their ideology, several BH Fighters are in the forest now fighting and suffering, killing and been killed just to institute their Caliphate and implement Sharia.
And to think that all we could offer out own Christ for all He has done for us is to flee and abandon His Sheep in high Waters for whom He died ? The very thought of it is sacrilegious. It is a let down.
Where is the spirit of ancient CHRISTIANITY ?
Watchman Nee was away when the Communists took over China. He still went back home to face them.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was in the West working for World Council of Churches when Hitler and the Nazis took over. He returned Home rather than stay and abandon his People.
He reasoned that if he was not part of the struggle of the German People in their hour of need it would be difficult to be part of the Restoration after the war.
If he did not suffer with them, then he cannot have any moral authority to speak after the Conflict.
And that is the truth Pastor Adefarasin should bear in mind and all People with plan B.
Once you abandon us at this time then you can’t come back again as Leaders.
No way. It is deceit.
Enough said.
Whoever wants to leave can leave Nigeria. Whoever is afraid let him leave. Those of us who still believe in Nigeria and its Manifest Destiny will stay.
A Gideon and 300 is enough and more than enough for the Children of the East.
We are not afraid.
History again will repeat itself.
Those who wish to leave can go immediately rather than weaken the hearts of others.
I choose to stay. Nigeria is the place of my primary assignment. Nigeria is my Fatherland. I will not leave and I will not run.
You push me, I will push you too. You hit me and I will hit you too.
Speak your words and let me speak my own and see which would prevail.
Bring out your Rod and let me bring my own and let us see which Rod will swallow each other and who is the Apostle recognized by Heaven between us.
There is no shaking. I am not running away.
By His Grace I am here to stay.
© Moses Oludele Idowu.
May 12, 2021.
All Rights Reserved.
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