Failure and the Nigerian Youths

I have a flat-mate who has opposing political views with me especially in our current choice of leaders. Most of the time we are together; we usually end up with a debate, someone passing by may just think there’s some form of misunderstanding. I had to end the last one cos’ I was beginning to have a headache. Don’t get me wrong, he’s got some valid points… well in his opinion while on the other hand I’ve got mine too which doesn’t go down well with him.

On the 14th of February Nigerians will be heading to the polls to decide who rules them for the next 4 years. There are a couple of candidates but with the outpour on SM and the News it’s as though there are only 2 candidates. I have my reservations for the 2 of them, on one hand there’s a 72 year old retired Military General and former Military Head of State and on the other hand there’s the current President. I’ll share a few thoughts; the retired general has been credited with fighting corruption when he ruled in 1983-1985. His campaign strategy has been all about CHANGE. A few Editorials quoted the current President as saying he was going to run for only 1 tenure in 2011, whatever the case he’s a candidate now. A few questions, why do we still have a 72 year old presidential candidate who may have good intentions but more suitable to give advice to our leaders and if it’s true the President wasn’t going to run, what changed?

There’s been a lot of dirty digging up all in the name of campaign strategy. Instead of focusing on the ‘good works’ their candidates have done in the past and let it speak for them. Regardless of what we say both the current President and the retired Military General have something they’ve done in the past that was good for the country. A lot of young Nigerians have lost friends as a result of their individual political candidates; some have become political analyst on Facebook, others are expressing their outburst at the various candidates and even decided not to cast their vote cos they can’t find a suitable candidate. Over the holiday I asked a relative who I respect so much why we still have the kind of candidates we have, even a 72 year old and he said and I quote ‘the youths have failed’.

Although it was sad to hear him say it but I knew it was indeed the hard truth. How many of us can take up the mantle of leadership if we were given the opportunity? How informed are we of the country? How many of us can represent the country on the international scene? What percentage of leadership skills do we have; and I’m not referring to just occupying an SUG position in the university which was gotten probably by rigging? How many followers have we made by our character? What report is given about us in the workplace, school or by our employees?

A friend was totally upset when he found out SSCE is the minimum criteria to run for the office of the President. Is he saying those who end their academic career in secondary school are not eligible for leadership positions? NO, but more is required. We need leaders who have been coached even from childhood and not someone who stumbles upon it cos of regional rotation.

The youths are called the leaders of tomorrow but we may just remain youths for the rest of our lives if we keep on having recycled leaders. If we don’t wake up, we will all be repeating the same old thing in 2019. Nigeria is strategically located in Africa, whether her children believe it or not, she’s GREAT. May peace prevail during the elections and after it in Nigeria, and above all may God’s will prevail.

While we are getting ready to head to the polls, let us not forget our Soldiers who are constantly fighting for Nigeria, May God strengthen the families of our fallen HEROES. #ARMEDFORCESREMEMBRANCEDAY.

Rememberance day

JMAD.

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It’s time to hear Him

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I am more careful in my interaction with people these days, I don’t assume to know them, their culture or religion. I wanted to invite a course-mate to a Christmas party in Church and somehow I ended up asking if she was a Christian, she said yes but said everything about it is complicated. She’s not the only one in that line of thought; I was having a conversation with a friend the other day and he said he gets a bit confused when he goes to different churches and sees the different modes of operation/worship. Some churches choose to kill their enemies by calling down fire from heaven while others may just say a simple prayer of forgiveness over them which some may think, it’s not enough. Question is – is there any right method or doctrine?

A time came when the people of a certain village didn’t come out to acknowledge or receive Jesus, His disciples; James and John after observing it, got angry and asked Jesus if they could command fire from heaven to consume them just like Elijah did but Jesus rebuked them and said you don’t know the kind of Spirit you are, the Son of Man did not come to destroy lives but to save them Luke 9 vs 54 – 56. In Matthew 17, Jesus took 3 disciples – Peter, James and John to a high mountain and they witnessed the Transfiguration but something note-worthy happened. In vs 4 ‘Peter after witnessing the appearance of Moses and Elijah, asked Jesus if he could build 3 tents for the 3 of them (Jesus, Moses and Elijah) but while he was still speaking vs 5 said ‘A shining cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said This is my beloved Son, HEAR HIM’.

I’m sure you are wondering what this is all about, just stay with me. Moses and Elijah were powerful prophets in the Old Testament, the law and all the commandments came through Moses and he spoke to God like a friend while Elijah challenged 400 prophets of Baal and God showed Himself by letting down fire from heaven to consume Elijah’s sacrifice and let’s not forget he didn’t see death but was caught up in heaven. Peter had forgotten who Jesus was and wanted to place Him on the same level as Moses (law-giver) and Elijah but God had to remind him of something very important; Hear what Jesus has to say and in Luke Jesus said He came not to condemn but to save.

Somehow Christianity is divided on the lines of doctrines hence the difference in worship and operation. It gets really difficult to tell what’s right and acceptable these days. There’s a lot of confusion and it hampers the Christians from reaching out cos some of them are not too sure of what they believe and may get scared if they are confronted with questions about their belief. I am one of them but I am constantly reminded to take up the message of Jesus Christ. Moses gave the law and it proved how incapable we are to keep all of it but Jesus came and through His death we have victory over the law, does it mean we have the liberty to abuse the law. NO, rather we even go above the law to live a life that is considerate for our next-door neighbour, in essence we love them and think good thoughts towards them.

In this era of bloodshed in Paris, Nigeria, Syria, Pakistan and the rest of the world, what will Jesus say? In this era of gay rights and the justice system, what will Jesus say? In this era of man’s inhumanity to man, killing of school children, incessant rape, what will Jesus say? After Jesus had gone through excruciating pain and humiliation on the cross, He asked God to forgive them. As Christians can we take a step further from our individual church doctrines and listen to what Jesus has to say. The message of Jesus is centred on love and that’s who we are; anything short of that, is contrary to His message. You want to make disciples of nations, that’s a good project but people will listen more to your actions than what you say. May we step out and become CHRIST-like.

LOADS OF LOVE

JMAD

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