Whenever the accusation that was leveled against the People's Democratic Party, PDP, by the Edo state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is ruminated upon, the biblical parallel that usually comes to mind is that of the birthright which Esau sheepishly undervalued and sacrificed over a pot of porridge. For the sake of clarity, particularly to those who are not in the Christendom, the story goes like this: "Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, 'Please feed me with the same red stew, for I am weary.' Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, 'Sell me your birthright as of this day.' And Esau said, 'Look, I am about to die; so what profit shall this birthright be to me?' Then Jacob said, 'Swear to me as of this day.' So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright" as recorded in the book of Genesis chapter 25 verse 29 to 34.
The Biblical account quoted above, if I may guess, aptly fits the narrative of the PDP politicians in Edo state ostensibly begging the electorates to sell their PVCs to them. As I write this piece I can hear them begging “Sell your PVC as of this day, and we will give you N5,000.00; even a “Derica of rice if you don’t mind”.
It is expedient at this juncture to make it clear that a birthright is “any right or privilege to which a person is entitled to by birth” You may have opposed my view by saying that the possession of mere PVC is too inconsequential to be compared to someone’s birthright. However, it is expedient to also remind you that “Democracy maintains that freedom is a birthright.” Against the backdrop of the foregoing, it stands to reason that the freedom that is inherent in democracy that is regarded as a birthright by political pundits cannot be accessed until the right to use the PVC is exercised.
If the analysis expressed above is anything to go by, it would not be wrong to say that those that are presently selling their PVCs in Edo state, perhaps at the price of a Derica cup of rice, share the same characteristics of human nature that were revealed through Esau selling his birthright.
First, PVC sellers in Edo state have allowed themselves to become weary over earthly "things" whereby there is no fight left for spiritual things. Esau was weary (worn out in strength, endurance, vigor, or freshness; having one's patience, tolerance, or pleasure exhausted). He was so tired that he would give anything for physical revitalization, food and rest.
I am using this piece which I have invariably considered to be a sermon to urge those that are involved in this illegality and inanity to guard against allowing themselves to become weary and tired so that they can no longer fight against the temptation that could lead them to bringing back the government that would take Edo state to the dark days or the years that were eaten by political locusts. To me, if the mistake is made, it would be very devastating for all Edolites. Remember, "our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour". Therefore, we must "resist him, be steadfast in the faith". If we expend every ounce of energy in pursuit of N5,000 or a Derica of rice, then there is no energy left to fight the good fight of turning Edo state to an El Dorado in the next four years.
Second: Never lose sight of the profitability of your PVC like Esau did to his birthright. Esau said: "'Look, I am about to die; so what profit shall this birthright be to me? Esau had lost sight of the profitability of his birthright. He did not see the profit in suffering to obtain it. The same way, you should not lose sight that your PVC represents Power, Vision and Conscience. Also, N5000.00 cannot add anything meaningful to your life. The only thing that can be meaningful to your life now is good governance.
We must never lose sight of the profitability of our PVCs. Paul tells us the price some have paid for their birthright: torture, mocking, scourging, chains and imprisonment, stoned, sawn in two, tempted, and slain with the sword (Heb. 11:35-37). Paul said the home of righteous and holy Christians is in heaven and that it is more valuable than life itself; He therefore urged Christians to be willing to pay any price to keep it. In the same token, we must never lose sight of our PVCs. We must resist anyone that wants to buy it from us. The reason for this cannot be far-fetched as when the rights of using the PVC at the poll is conscientiously exercised it would no doubt turn Edo state to an El Dorado.
Third: Never despise your PVC in the same manner Esau despised his birthright. Esau sold his birthright; therefore, he despised it. Despise means to: regard as negligible, worthless, or distasteful. Anytime we sell ourselves to Satan, we despise God - we do not consider God very important in our lives at that time. And anytime we sell our birthright, we despise it - we consider it negligible and worthless. In the same way, anytime we sell our PVCs we despised the government that is doing well and accord respect to those that are in politics mainly for selfish reasons.
If you are an Edolite, you have a birthright in your PVC. What is your attitude towards your PVC? Do you cherish it and count it as the most precious possession you own for the forthcoming September 10 election and the 2019 General election? Will you guard it and protect it at all cost for the sake of the development of Edo state and Edolites? Or is there a price for which you will sell it? Remember, if you sell your PVC you are invariably selling the Power you have over the politicians, the Vision you have for Edo state as an Edolite and your Conscience.
Jesus says: "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul.” In the same token let me conclude by saying “If anyone desires Edo state to be better, let him deny himself, and take up his PVC, and vote for the right party come September 10. For what is it that a man would profit if he gains N5,000 or a cup of rice and loses all the dividends of democracy that he would have gotten in the next political dispensation.”
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