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Miserable lives under the sun

08 July 2014, 07:44 Onyeji Dominic

"Before you argue about your dirty house someone did not sweep or clean - think of people who are living in the street," said Eke Emmanuel Tobechukwu. True talk! This is a good one. I see it as a great saying but it is quite unfortunate for certain people in Nigeria especially the ones who lived under some bridges in Lagos. They were there living in misery before the state governor (Babatunde Raji Fashola) came with forces of advancement and civilization. The forces came without mercy for the ghetto dwellers under the bridges of Lagos. It was too bad for the miserable lives because their miserable homes were no longer there.

Similarly, we learnt that people like Jesus, John the Baptist and Elijah were homeless during their days. Jesus said, "Birds have nets, rats have holes, but Son of man has no place to lay his head. John the Baptist also said similar thing.

According to Bible, John lived in wilderness, wearing rags (dirty attires) and feeding on locusts in the jungle. It meant that he was a miserable man of God on the street just like those people who lived under the bridges of Lagos.

The case of Elijah was worst. Bible told us that he lived in hidings because an evil King was very furious, seeking to eliminate his life under the Sun. We were told that he lived in several caves, hidings or hermitage because King Ahab and his notorious wife (Jezebel) were out in wroth, seeking his life. Miserable wise ones in streets under the Sun! What a bad condition for the wise? What an irony of life? I mean the king have been trekking while fools are riding on horses. Why?

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