By Egede Lawrence
The damage done in the spiritual realm to the integrity and to the real physical existence of Nigeria, is not yet understood in the canal mind of her citizens. The clean spirits are in the mood of mourning for Nigeria.
I have enough reasons which gave me the conviction that Nigeria as a nation is not a problem to herself, but her own cruel citizens are her problems. Below are the reasons.
This writeup is about the realities of our time and not a camouflage, nor a fake discourse which does not actually show where we are but every adult knows the truth, except those who pretend not to know.
At times in our bids to lament the ugly scenarios in Nigeria, trying to blame some bad people or wicked leaders, we do make the mistake of tongue, mentioning the name of the nation in the wrong perspectives as if she is to blame for the sins of her citizens.
Any nation that is independently old enough with some few number of bad people and canal leaders in power cannot be handled easily, or well cared for, or be administered successfully with ungodly state of affairs.
Don’t ever think that any nation is the problem of her citizens, among whom are the evil ones who are the real architects of the problem in the nation concerned.
A nation being subjected to deadly matters everyday by her own faulty citizens is innocent, and can’t be a problem to anybody in that nation, but rather it is the bad citizens that are the problem to that nation.
A nation witnessing an unpleasant situation all the time, or that is truly experiencing what is not expected of her citizens can’t be a problem to anyone, such a nation isn’t at fault just on her own.
A nation with her own people as the cause of the curses which are a resultant problem to her, cannot be said that she is the problem to her citizens or to herself either.
It is the fault of her own people who turned themselves into little foxes that spoil the vine, and also became little leaven that leaveneth the whole lump and digging such a nation’s grave on installments.
The bible said in the book of the songs of Solomon chapter 2 verse 15, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”
And in the biblical book of Psalm 80 verse 13 it said: “The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.”
I mean instead of the nation being at fault, it is the unpatriotic citizens, the very bad crops of people, or the wicked leaders there that are really the cause of the curses, which are invading the entire fabrics of such a nation.
The bible says in the book of Proverbs chapter 26 verse 2, “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.”
Don’t ever think that any family in particular as an entity is the cause of the problems there, out of which some of them could be finding life difficult to bear.
It is either the evil members of such a family, or the outside wicked persons, or it could be as a result of some circumstances, or the kind of natural phenomenon that could be the sources of the problem there.
In such situations, it is by the help of the grace of God through prayers with strong faith, being patient and believing God that the solution will come at last.
And doing something good about it, by having faith in God can force such mountains there to depart, or to be eliminated from that family.
In the biblical book of Philippians chapter 4 verse 6, it was said: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
And again, the bible says in the book of 1st Corinthians chapter 10 verse 13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Doing something good by faith in God must be applied there also, for reasons of the fact that “Action is said to be louder than voice.”
Don’t ever think that the riches you have acquired is your problem, and that’s why you don’t actually enjoy anything around you, which makes you unhappy and losing weight.
It could be the way you placed your priorities over your wealth that is the problem troubling you, or it is the secret behind your wealth which hunts your conscience, or that what you don’t have is beckoning on you, or that your wealth causes hurt on other people, creating the problems around you, that resulted in making you become anxious or worried.
Whichever way it is, the bible is also addressing us in the biblical book of Psalm chapter 62 verse 10, and said: “Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: If riches increase set not your heart upon them.”
The reason is what the same bible pointed out in the book of Matthew chapter 6 verse 21 and said: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.
Don’t ever think that it is poverty that is your problem, which made you not to build a house or not have been able to do big businesses that are possible for you to carry out if there are adequate funds, or that for reasons of your being so poor nothing comes your way cheap or easily.
Here it depends on how people regard a state of lack called poverty or, see a condition of scarcity called dearth in their own assessment and definition.
But on the whole poverty is a route to become rich, because it is out of nothing things are made, and out of things made that things do appear as to have been made, which could be called an achievement, while the state of poverty as could be related to lack will be totally defeated.
So, the bible advises us against developing unnecessary anxiety over how we regard poverty, but not encouraging laziness and said in the book of ST. Matthew chapter 6 verse 25, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment”?
And in verse 30 of the same chapter 6 it said:”Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more cloth you, O ye of little faith”?
Don’t ever think that your age could be the problem for you not to have achieved your goals in life.
As for me, age is no barrier to what is actually known as “Achievement” in life.
To me, “Achievement,” in the real sense of it can’t be only related to having much money or enormous wealth, or great canal possessions of life.
Real Achievement is the good legacies established outside having riches, though it is by the laying of good legacies that riches can come through honor but not suddenly, nor by mere abrupt chance.
The bible told us with bold letters in the book of Proverbs chapter 22 verse 1 that, “A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
And in the same biblical book of Proverbs chapter 23 verse 5 it asked: “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”
Don’t you ever think that it is your fault to have married for years, yet without children to show for it.
In the case of not having children born into the family after quite a long time of marital life, the bible has this to say to us in the book of Prophet ISAIAH chapter 54 verse 1, “SING, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, said the Lord.”
Now at this juncture, let me tell you the reason I brought this topic on focus about Nigeria, as the main subject of the reference point to the whole matters in discourse here.
Nigeria as a nation has got many bad people, very unpatriotic people, grossly corrupt people, they are big thorns in the flesh of the country and manslayers without remorse and if not, why is the nation today swimming in the ocean of blood?
So, the country is having too many curses as a problem caused by her own people who are heartless.
Nigeria is having those that are provoking many controversies, and encouraging the new generation to live in darkness and in wickedness
They have gone to the level of making the battlefield of crisis to flow with human blood, and much worse than the daily slaughter war situation report, in the kingdom of the wild species of Animals.
A few devilish Nigerians love to play pranks as politics and equally destroying the country as a family
They are rich but too poor, they are all aged enough to be wise but very foolish, having achieved quite a lot but more of hatred and killings.
The children of the nation are aimed for the graves, therefore they make barrenness to rejoice and to sing aloud, for being better than the living children of the desolate.
And finally, they are now utterly confused with fear and torments, suspecting everyone and running the nation’s economy in selfishness with high level of inflationary tidal waves.
They are still playing pranks with politics of betrayals for the tables of their ever increasing daily bread of affliction, which cannot sustain lives, but rather plunge it into a very painful acute state of penury.
They are family members of the nation, but lacking the sense of peace, harmony and tranquility.
They have thrown the nation into a death sentence, yet they enjoy her remaining lean lifespan for the time being, with gnashing of teeth and in absolute ignorance or neglect.
Can Nigeria as a nation being not the problem to her cruel citizens, survive a situation that makes her devilish elements a problem to her round about and know not God of true love, mercy and justice?
Let us watch what we are now doing to ourselves in this country, and blame the nation no more for being bad, instead of the bad eggs who should curry the shame of the blame.
To God is the glory forever.