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The loud silence of the prophets

10 June 2014, 08:01

Once upon a time in Africa, when there is any form of crisis or situation that the ordinary man cannot interpret, the gods are consulted through a diviner or the prophets of such gods. In most cases we are made to believe that the divination is always always on point. The prophet explains the mystery behind the situation and what should be done to correct it. It never fails. But those were the days of purity of heart, sincerity of purpose and lack of greed. Falsehood was a taboo. You either speak the truth or you are immediately punished by disgrace. It was that simple. '

The white men (Europeans and Arabians) came in with their religions and out of the windows go our gods and deities. We fell in love with a loving and graceful God who is slow to anger and cherish forgiveness after repentance. We fell in love with the God who gave us the right to judge, punish unbelievers because they are infidels. We fell in love with gods that we do not have any historical, political, cultural and moral affiliation with us as a people. We fell in love with religion that gave us power to do as we wish not as god wants. With these there arose a cadre of leaders: Imams, pastors, Deacons, sheiks, Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals, General Overseers, Uthmans. They replaced the old prophets and native diviners. They brought in doctrines based on their personal understandings of the holy books.

The Bible and the Quran were explicit in their meanings and teachings but hadiths and church doctrines took over and with it chaos. While there was never two sects of Ogun or Sango worshipers, I have never heard that Ifa divinities is of two interpretations, we got the Shiites and the Sunil’s in the Islamic group and these have transformed into various groups in different climes. We have the orthodox and Pentecostals. The Orthodox Church remains conservative and rigid but the Pentecostals brought in fervency and fundamentalism. Everybody is classified into heaven bound or hell bound. With these came intolerance and with intolerance came discords, disaffection and disunity in the family, community, local government, states and therefore the nation.

Our political leaders also evolved and transformed from being traditionalist and curators of our cultures to believers of the new religions and so it became quite easy for them to become corrupt and indolent because while you dare not swear falsely with Sango or Ogun you can afford to carry the Bible to a shrine as was the case of a governor of a state by the Niger river. Most of our leaders are sworn in using the Holy Quran and the Holy Bible, yet they lie with impunity, they steal the public treasury dry and loot the public funds so that the masses they swore to protect are left with an empty bowl like the almajeri kid in Kano or Sokoto. They bleed the land of all its minerals and make the soil barren as we get in Bayelsa and Ogoni land. The people dare not speak against their atrocities for they are ready to turn their children into orphans early in life by murdering the parents in cold blood. These are the reasons we are in this quagmires as a nation where for over four years we are embroiled with terrorism and insurgency from a group that we know as Boko Haram.

We have witnessed uncountable loss of lives, maiming, blindness and brutal mass killings in the hands of this group and their sponsors. When did we get to this situation where a Nigerian willingly kills another without batting an eyelid? We have always believed that Nigerians are peaceful, loving people who cherish life and are ever afraid of death. When did we as a nation get to the situation where there are arms and ammunition of assault calibers everywhere? How did they come in? Lest I digress, for over a month now, many young teenage girls were abducted and taken into the forest. Forest in Bornu state? What a lie we live. We were daily assaulted with stories of deforestation, desert encroachment and lack of forest in the northern region of the country and as such millions of petrodollars were pumped into reforestation of the north and now we have a forest so thick that the Americans called it a jungle and the jungle is so wild that the Nigerian Army cannot go in to find our girls. What a shame? What a lie? Now to my main issue, in all these days, our new spiritual prophets have not been able to divine, see, where the girls are kept. They have kept to the hapless stance of the common man. Let us pray to God. Even in this they have failed. I expect that by now; the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN would have called for a revival at TBS or National Stadium or somewhere big enough to contain all the church leaders (Deacons, prophets, Pastors and Ministers of God) and they will pray collectively unceasingly until the girls have been released. One would expect that one of the imams and Sheiks would have seen a vision of the location of the Chibok girls and give this intelligence to the military guys. One would expect the Sultan of Sokoto as the overall leader of the Muslims and a former soldier (Military Officer) to declare and personally lead a jihad against the Boko Haram group. Afterall, we know they are an Islamic group that is creating an embarrassing situation for the religion he is leading. All we get is a loud silence of our prophets. God is not blind and he has always given his people vision but only to those that sincerely seek him and worship him. This is what I believe and deep in my heart I trust that God will wrought a miracle for Nigeria. Most of our spiritual and political leaders are visionless because they no longer worship God in truth and in spirit.

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