Nigeria Turns 52 – Celebration? A Personal Letter To All Nigerians


English: Political map of the 36 States of Nig...

English: Political map of the 36 States of Nigeria (English) Deutsch: politische Karte Nigerias (Englisch) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This October, Nigeria, a country in West Africa which used to be one of the greatest Nations in Africa,  now a sorry state of what it was in 1960, marks its 52 years of independence from the Europeans.

Since the beginning of this month, all we here is Celebration, Celebration, what a folly, what a disgrace.  There is absolutely nothing to celebrate as far as I am concerned.

Will you celebrate a failed and still failing son, daughter, family, or business? NO.

Rather if you so much as care, you will offer the person(s) the truth. All this celebrating or celebration idea is nonsense and a waste of money.

 

We need to say it as it is when the blood of youths, children etc. are being shed on a daily basis, destinies cut short without any remorse and people die  or killed as if no-one gave birth to them.

A country where majority are so desensitized to the truth, and it’s corruption from the top down and down up.

What exactly is Nigeria or Nigerians celebrating;  is it the failed state and governance or the tapped resources in delta state that runs out unchecked slowly wringing the life out of those who should benefit from it, or the pollution that’s been going on for years without any checks or accountability,  or the educational system that has been grounded to  a halt churning out graduates that can’t find a job or a decent means of living or the health care system that milks the life out of its people, or maybe all the politicians who suddenly found out how to be millionaires overnight while masses go a begging.

What are we celebrating please, am very much interested.

Let’s we forget:

“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future” “Character works hand in hand with success”;

“Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyard of equality”;

“It is poverty to decide or allow a child to die so that one may live as one wish”;

“Freedom lies in being bold”;

“Once you say or decide to settle for mediocre that is what you become in life”

“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, make them”.

 

The day we all sing from the same tune is the day when our country Nigeria, will turn the corner. I hope we all stop covering this cancer because it’s a sign the country is going nowhere, Man is formed and molded by it’s thoughts, actions or inactions.

 

Oh, let’s keep praying for Nigeria o, others say passively!!!

Oh Yes, let us pray but do not forget that Nigerian’s problem is not an act of war or from the hand of God; it is plainly a self-inflicted problem. If the prodigal son did not reason enough and trace his steps back into his father’s  house, he would have rot in the slum he choose for himself.

 

Aside from prayers, there is what is called, “Personal Responsibility” towards a functioning and successful government or country; and that is the responsibility of every single Nigerian.

 

That is what keeps a country like Japan within the top league despite the deadly effects of two atomic bombs, the lasting effects on their citizens health, the damaged environment to mention a fee, Japan did not remain in their sorry state. Rather they consciously strive to come out of the ugliness of the war.
It only took one man (their educational minister at the time to shift the course of events). From kindergarten to University and beyond, every Japanese has culcated within their curriculum lessons on; Integrity, Leadership Skills, Truthfulness, Loyalty, Selflessness, Commitment and Every Good Virtue to mention a few, (for those of you critics, go research Japanese Educational System). By the time a young Japanese reaches the age of 10, he or she already has embedded in them commitment towards a good government, not just commitment to their purse/ bank account or family business as it is the case in Nigeria.

 

Malaysia is another beautiful country, very similar to Nigeria, Since independence in 1957, Malaysia has had one of the best economic records in Asia, with GDP growing an average 6.5% for almost 50 years. The economy has traditionally been fuelled by its natural resources, but is expanding in the sectors of science, tourism, commerce and medical tourism.

The country is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, which plays a large role in politics. The government system is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system and the legal system is based on English Common Law.

 

The day we (Nigerians) wake up to this reality of Personal Responsibility, Heaven will move.

People pray and the same people commit all sorts of atrocities as soon as they live their place of worship, do not be deceived God cannot be mocked. I hope my Nigerian friends read and understand this.

 

Positive change in Nigeria, must start with the change of mindset of every single Nigeria, it is not too late.

 

Rather than get bogged down with endless parties that will not reap a lasting harvest, let’s kindle this fire of Personal Responsibility towards a Successful, Reliable and Prosperous Nigeria and Nigerians..

 

Let me leave you with these thoughts/questions.

 

What are you willing to do for your country? When will you take the first positive step of change? We all have a responsibility to make a positive difference in our lifetime or are you just passing through?

I hope you will rise up to this challenge.

However,  regardless of what your thought is, please do me a BIG  favor, share this message with every born, free or bound Nigerians on your time-line.

“Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained”.

THANK YOU.

 

Rebecca Bukola Ajibola

A Peculiar Vessel


 

Nebi Samuel from the south

Nebi Samuel from the south (Photo credit: sethfrantzman)

 

“FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS”

 

1 Samuel 1.

The state of things today is very similar to that which existed at the beginning of the first book of Samuel. Three things in particular seem to stand out there as features of those days.

The first was a formality in the things of God through being pursued in the energy of the flesh; resulting in mixture and spiritual adultery, and spiritual weakness and ineffectiveness.

Another feature was the absence of spiritual revelation and perception – “There was no open vision”. The “Spirit of wisdom and revelation” was inoperative amongst priests and people. Spiritual intelligence and apprehension was a minus quantity.

The third thing was the constant menace of the Philistines, which eventually issued in the departure of the glory from Israel and the absence of the testimony of the Sovereignty from the midst of the people of God. When we remember that the Philistines always represent the intrusion of the natural man (‘uncircumcised’, Col. 2:11,12) into the things of the Spirit, it is a very significant feature.

We leave it with those who have eyes to see to judge whether there is any similarity between then and now. What we have on our hearts is to note the method by which the Lord reacts to this situation.

The two things, then, which immediately come out are, firstly, that the Lord is not satisfied to have it so, yet He does not abandon the situation. Rather does He begin in a secret way to secure the instrument for recovery. The second thing is that there has to be a very deep and peculiar travail in the bringing forth of that instrument. Samuel represents such an instrument, and Hannah represents the travail which produces it.

What is clear in this first chapter is that this will not come about in the natural course of things. The USUAL way will not produce it. Indeed, it is declared that there was a deliberate act of God against that course (verse 6). Hannah’s state was the Lord’s doing. In other realms and for less important purposes – or shall we say, for more general purposes – the usual method may be followed. Samuel was not an after-thought. He was foreknown and foreordained and yet humanly he was an impossibility. Why had the Lord so acted in this matter? How do you relate and reconcile the two things, that Samuel was determined and yet made humanly impossible by the act of God? The first part of the answer is that the bringing of this instrument into being was to be by a fellowship in the Divine travail in relation to the testimony.

Hannah went through unusual and uncommon soul-agony in the matter. She is here represented as “in bitterness of soul” and she “wept sore” (verse 10). It was not just simply a personal interest or a selfish end in view. When at length Samuel was given she placed him at the disposal of the Lord as soon as she possibly could. Concerning Isaac it says that “when the child was weaned”, but in the case of Samuel it says of Hannah that “she weaned him”, as though she was not letting things go on, but bringing about a separation unto the Lord as soon as possible. She was concerned for the Lord’s interests in a specially eager way. This is impressive when we take into consideration the cost of this child, and therefore the peculiar endearment to herself.

Let us get the full force of the truth here. A thing which is to serve the Lord in a specially vital way is not born easily, and is not brought into being without some unusual suffering and travail. There is much bitterness of soul to be gone through, and many tears.

For a time, a drawn-out time, it appears that there will be nothing. The heartache and sorrow seem to remain long in the place of barrenness. And yet there can be no philosophical acceptance or fatalistic capitulation. The Lord is a factor and there is a “hoping against hope”, a wistful looking toward “the God who raised the dead, and call the things that are not as though they were.”

Not one of the least painful aspects of the suffering is the taunting of Peninnah (verse 6). Now Peninnah was of the same household and a co-wife with Hannah. She was not a stranger or a foreigner. It was as such that she “provoked sorely to make her fret”. Peninnah had plenty of children, there was none of this (divinely appointed) human impossibility. Things were more or less simple and easy with her.

So it is, when the Lord determines to secure for Himself that vessel of peculiar purpose, and cuts off all the many activities, works, and occupations which, while being in the same household of faith and in some relation to Himself, are largely by the energies of nature and the facility of man. When and where there are not those usual accompaniments and out workings, those issues and results, the evidences and proofs; then there is criticism, taunting, the pointing of the finger, and grievous imputations. The very acts of Divine sovereignty are given a twist to mean just the opposite of God’s thought. So one system of things taunts the other. Well, so be it! It ever was. It ever will be. But wait! Samuel did come, and one Samuel meant more to God than all the children of Peninnah put together. And yet it is not a matter of comparative values. Samuel was for an hour of peculiar need. The suffering in connection with his coming into life was so deep as to solemnize beyond the suspicion of pride or comparison. All questions of self-realization, vindication, or satisfaction had been tested in the fire, and the refined issue was the glory of God.

Samuel came, and, in the purpose that he served, the suffering and sorrow were made well worthwhile, and the wisdom of God’s mysteriousness was established. God was justified and the channel used was satisfied. We can leave it there.

When the Lord wants something for an hour of peculiar need, the methods have to be out of the ordinary. To those concerned He has to say, ‘Others can, you cannot’.

More and more deeply, we are entering into such an hour at this time. The general thing is not meeting the situation. The Lord must bring through something which will “come to the kingdom for such a time as THIS”.

Who will pay the price? Will YOU?

 

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