ELEGY TO THE NIGERIAN POLITICIAN.

My heart has been burdened all week about my beloved Nigeria. It reached a crescendo with today’s air fatality. Rummaging through my notes, I stumbled across a poem I wrote a long time ago. Looked at the date I finished it and wow!!!! 3rd October 2012, EXACTLY ONE YEAR AGO!

Anyway, here it is. I claim no talent as a muse, that for other friends more endowed! *winks*:

Elegy to the Nigerian Politician.

Public persona ever populist, private ethos so egocentric
mien is good intentioned, for ‘my people’
Her garb translucent, her body bejeweled
Sweet of tongue, light in ideas.
His mantra says ‘service to my people’
His act evident in his opulent lifestyle.

His success is the death of ideas,
the dearth of innovation.
She works, yes for gross lucre
Their passports may be green, but it’s put to use for the greenback!
Resting places are not local, but in mansions that Charlie’s mom can not own.
He comes across as good intentioned, but actions doth speak loudly!

Adages I remember, native tongue to me
“Alakisa njo loru, boya ile amo lola; Koi ye won, yo ye won lola”
They gouge of gluttony, burdening their ‘people’
Hospitals remain consulting rooms, yet they fly to Sun City, sickened cells in tow
Weep not for them, for their feast endeth soon.
Weep not for them, for indeed a line will soon be drawn.

Nigeria, oh Nigeria, your beautiful ones are not yet born.

(C) Ade. Adeniji, 3rd October 2012.

I Still Believe In Hope, I Still Believe In Nigeria_Happy Birthday Nigeria!

Today, October 1st, my country Nigeria marks 53 years of independence from British colonial rule. It has been a journey fraught with more valleys than mountains, with more pain than joy. There is no denying the fact that a lot of things are wrong, at every level and facet of life.

Let me explore a little. There is infrastructural decay, a state of affairs of many years of insipid leadership, and outright calumny form leaders who know what us right but chose to foster what is wrong. Scores of future brilliant had died because of this infrastructural decay, mentally and physically. Schools churn out unemployable graduates (I have first hand knowledge as an employer of labour of over two decades); health institutions remain mere consultancy centers where wrong diagnosis is the order of the day; roads have become death traps, where as a pastor recently observed, you choose which pothole to ride in! Yet we are supposed to have ‘leaders’ (or pretenders to leadership, if you insist).

There is moral decadence. Welcome to a clime where the degenerate accuse another of moral ineptitude! How? Many Nigerians who cheat on their taxes, who cheat on their spouses, who cheat with the measuring scales in their places of trade, who themselves inflate invoices on contracts, who use pub
If amenities without paying for them etc. readily accuse politicians and government officials of corruption; rail against lack of transparency in governance, and most importantly, accuse public service providers of failure to deliver on services they refuse to pay for! Where scammers accuse others of scam! Yet we are supposed to have ‘leaders’ (or pretenders to leadership, if you insist)

There is lack of respect for basic human dignities. Ours is a land where it is not uncommon for human beings, created in the image and likeness of God, to have to beg and cringe for daily survival in the midst of vulgar display of wealth. A place where to continue to ride roughshod over men, leaders conspire to deny basic education; where many do not have portable water to nourish their bodies; where those paid to look after the welfare of the aged skim off their pensions! Yet we are supposed to have ‘leaders’ (or pretenders to leadership, if you insist)

Need I continue? YES, THERE ARE ISSUES IN THE LAND.

But rather than condemn Nigeria today (because the journey has been one of 53 years of perpetual struggle), or prophesy doom (because the problems seem insurmountable) as many are won’t to do today, I rather want to see a bright future.

Am I being unrealistic? Or overly optimistic? I think not. I firmly believe in the indomitable nature of the average Nigerian; I have unshakable believe in the mercies of the Living God. I know that things cannot possibly go on like this. Something has to give. Sooner, rather than later. As a columnist shared in a national daily this week, Nigeria is changing, and we know it not.

What are the parameters of my hope? I know that some Nigerians are beginning to start at the basic level – with themselves; striving to make themselves true likeness of the creator, choosing to do the right thing, even when it is unpopular to do so. I know people have committed to live-out the light of upright living in the morass of darkness. You might not see it yet, but it is a force whose time cometh soon. Many may think it too little, or too late; but do not be contemptuous of living beginnings! If it took a Luther to reform the old church, there is still a place called hope for Nigeria!

I choose to believe in a place called hope, I choose to believe in a bright future for my nation, Nigeria; where each individuals will take firm responsibility for their lives, choosing to do the right thing per time, looking out for the weak, infirm and needy, choosing to participate in the process of governance (not necessarily as a politician, but as a savvy voter and critic), opting not to see a stranger (‘foreigner’) in that other fellow only because he speaks a different dialect or eats a different kind of food, but dealing with all according to the content of their character; electing not to cheat their way to a living, but put in honest effort to live. And I refuse to accept that this is unrealistic,because I know that nothing can be withheld from any man who conceives to do a thing! That is the real DNA of mankind; and Nigerians are survivors.

Nigeria, I refuse to see you as a nut case. No, rather I see you as a city set upon a hill. You will fulfill destiny as a land of opportunity and realized dreams. This season of anomie shall pass, and the generation of my children shall make a better go of you.

I am not unmindful of every confession of evil against your destiny; but I speak into the airspace of Nigeria, boldly as a heir of the Kingdom – every possessor of the gates of this nation, hear this – NIGERIA WILL PROSPER. Weeping may endure for a season, but joy cometh in the morning! Your reign of terror over the destiny of my nation is coming to an end! For as long as the dawn succeeds dusk, the Nigeria project will not fail. Beams of light that relieves the sentries of darkness will burst forth soon.

Some might think this simplistic. But ponder this – why is it that even people with the best intentions fail once they get into office or positions where their actions or omissions influence the destiny of our nation? Surely, not all our leaders, past and present, are devilish in mind and intent! It is more than physical, dear friends. Hence my declaration.

I STILL BELIEVE IN A PLACE CALLED HOPE, I CHOOSE TO BELIEVE IN PROJECT NIGERIA, I CHOOSE TO PLAY MY PART!!! What about you?

Happy birthday, Nigeria!

If you feel similarly inclined, please share!!! God bless Nigeria!

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SHM’s Prayer for Nigeria @ 52.

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SHM’s Prayer for Nigeria@ 52.

Father, we thank you for the nation of Nigeria. We thank you for many years of your favour, many years of your loving kindness. We declare you are the Lord, no one else like you. Today, we proclaim your majesty over our land, regardless of the physical manifestations right now. We say all other Gods are the works of man; you alone are God! Thank you for your long suffering overNigeria, thank you for all that has happened, good or bad. Because we accept that you have allowed all to happen because or purpose is being worked out.

Now Lord we pray that your eyes will never leave this country. Every day, according to the time of men, brood over this nation. We have no power or will to effect any desired change. Your Spirit alone is the agent of change, we call on you to intercede for our nation. Our efforts have failed, even our criticisms have had no positive effect whatsoever. So, Lord as you are sovereign over all, let your will be done over Nigeria. You know why you allowed the Northern and Southern protectorates to be fused as one nation; so work out your Divine purpose Lord.

Father, because of your mercy, give each Nigeria capacity to embrace love in all it’s ramifications. Touch the hearts of all Nigerians, particularly the led. Our ways are evil. We think of ourselves alone. We do not love you, we do not love our neighbors, we lie easily, we blame others (particularly our leaders), but we are worse. We refuse to pray for our leaders, we fail to pay our taxes, we accept bribes, we give bribes, we vote based on parochial tendencies, we allow ourselves to be used to rig elections, we are full of envy and greed. We want to ride the best of cars and live in palatial houses when we cannot genuinely afford them. We can go on Lord, but you already know all our frailties! So, Father please intervene first in our individual lives. As you do this, use us to intervene in the socio-economic sphere of Nigerian life, in the political sphere, in the spiritual sphere and in all other areas of our lives.

At 52, we pray that every Nigerian will find a place in his/her heart to do well by this country. We receive grace to look first for the good of our neighbors and our nation. Every spirit of “me”, “I” and “mine” will be subjected to those of “we” and “ours” IJMN. Every false altar and grooves (physical and spiritual) will lose their potency and your love shall be shed abroad all hearts.

Thank you Father, because you have done it, IJMN. God bless Nigeria and Nigerians, today and evermore. God bless our leaders at every level of governance and leadership In Jesus’ mighty name we pray! Nigeria will find its destiny in you Lord IJMN. Can you please join our large chorus of AMEN? The Lord has done it!

Please feel free to share with as many of your friends as you are led. Happy Independence celebrations!

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