By Azubuike, Uchenna P.
As we celebrate Nigeria at 60 one key term that should continually resonate in the minds of every Nigerian is that of revival.
The problems of Nigeria today could be likened to that of Israel, in 1 Samuel Chapter 4 as retold here:
Many years ago, there was a time when the Philistines went out and a war broke out between them.
Israel was defeated by the Philistines as the Philistines killed about 4,000 of them on the battle field.
When the soldiers returned to camp, the elders of Israel asked: why have the Lord brought defeat upon us before the Philistines?
Let us bring the Ark of God’s covenant from Shiloh so that it may go with us and save us from the hands of our enemies.
They sent men to Shiloh and they brought back the Ark of the Lord Almighty and went to the battle field with it..
To their greatest surprise, the slaughter was heavier, because 1. Israel lost 30,000 foot soldiers, 2. The Ark of God was captured, 3. Eli’s two sons Hophni and Phinihas died.
When the message came to Eli, he suffered shock and he gave up. One of the daughters in-law was pregnant and when she heard that: 1. Israel has been defeated, 2. The Ark of God has been carried away by the Philistines, 3. Your husband and his brother are dead, 4. Your father in-law is death.
When she heard the sad news emergency labour came upon her and she gave birth to a boy.
She was about dying, they came to her and say: you have been delivered of a baby boy, what shall we call the baby? The woman said, call the baby ICHABOD for the glory has departed from Israel.
Fellow Nigerians the problems facing Nigeria today is that of the departure of the glory of God. While other countries of the climes get better as the days go by, Nigeria gets worse despite her abundant natural and mineral resources God has endowed her with, that is capable of turning her into a Haven but our political elites have squandered everything.
We are living in a country whose leaders go to diasporas to woo foreign investors but loot the national treasury to invest in another foreign country.
We are living in a country whose military/police can no longer protect its citizens nor allow the citizens to protect themselves.
We are living in a country where you are greeted daily with news only capable in a fictional works.
We are living in a country where our Universities workers go on strike, not for wage increment but for a good system as is tenable in other climes, but the workers are turned down and accused to being greedy.
We are living in a country where medical Doctors go on strike and the people will not wail, but as soon as ASUU declares strike we are quick to condemn and call them wicked and greedy old felas. Helloooooo!
We are living in a country where a legislation that will benefit the political elites are hastily passed, but those that could better the lives of the poor masses and Nigerian workers are gunned down even before first reading.
We are living in a country where a professor of many years standing is turned down in a public gathering, but a ward councilor is hailed Honorable! Honorable!! Honorable!!! even before he or she stands up…E shock you ? E get why!
We are living in a country whose graduates and productive workforce prefers to die in the desserts of Algeria and Morocco while trekking to Europe for a greener pasture rather than stay in Nigeria and watch their leaders treat them like second class citizens.
We are living in a country where money in the account of a single politician is larger than the annual budget of the entire 36 states of the federation.
We are living in a country where our public institutions have been denigrated to the lowest while those responsible for its revitalization go on to establish their own institutions with public fund.
We can go on and on to chronicle the bitter experiences of Nigerians in their own land but will that bring a solution to the current quagmires ? Of course the answer is NO!
What has happened to us ?
Who did this to us?
Who did we offend?
How did we get here?
These are critical questions in the lips of many Nigerians who are as confused as I am. The answer to the above questions lie within but until we learn to put square pegs in square holes and the round ones in round holes…I am afraid we will continue to go backward.
In this critical time let us reflect on the possible ways to revive this country and restore the glory of God. What has happened has happened, let the hunger of the glory come back among Nigerians, her leaders, her workers, her youths and among everyone. We need a total renewal and only by the grace of God Almighty through the restoration of the glory can this be achieved
Long live Nigeria!
(Azubuike, Uchenna P.)