Discontent With Present-Day Nigeria
Psalms 137:1 “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.”
We ought to weep for dwelling in the captivity of mediocrity, while less endowed nations are progressing. Nigeria presently is at a crossroad, with a dire need for direction. Currently, we are like Israel in the wilderness, compassing Mount Seir “many days”.
Deuteronomy 2:1-3 – “Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea, as the Lord spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many days. (2) And the Lord spake unto me, saying, (3) Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward”
We have dwelt too long in the wilderness refusing to move on to the Promised Land. Our problems are three-fold. These are:
a) Lackluster leadership (Ecclesiastes 10:16) “Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!”
If in a country of 150 million plus people, we cannot find an all-round prepared man as presidential candidate, then something must be wrong. If a good leader is a gift from God, could it be that God is withdrawing the gift of a gifted leader from us because of our sins and prayerlessness? God had blessed many nations in the world with great leaders by the sheer force of their personal character and God’s providence. With a combination of self-sacrifice, hard work and positive ideas, these leaders have spearheaded all-round development and remarkable breakthroughs in their nations. These leaders include Chairman Mao Tse-tung of China, Mahatma Ghandi of India, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan of the United States, Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom, Kwame Nkrumah and Jerry Rawlings of Ghana, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, and Nelson Mandela of South Africa. Although we have been blessed with great leaders like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Tafawa Balewa, Ahmadu Bello, etc, their impacts have not been felt nationally or globally to change the mindset and reshape the destiny of Nigeria. Ethnicity as a singular factor had made us blind to the selection of the best candidate to lead us to the Promised Land.
The two candidates before us in this coming election are not the best Nigeria can present. We need God to transform the heart of whoever emerges as president to make a sustainable difference in the lives of Nigerians.
Until we have a candidate that fulfills the ideal requirements of a divinely-approved leader, we have to keep on praying for God’s intervention, waiting for His appointed time.
“Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.”
b) Loathsome lukewarmness (Isaiah 65:5) “Which say, Stand by thyself; come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.”
Though the resilience of Nigerians in the face of adverse situations is commendable, their apathy and resignation to fate is fatalistic and worth denouncing. Being indifferent, watching situations go worse each passing day without active intercession for God’s intervention leaves much to be desired.
We are guilty of the sin of misplaced priorities in prayer and gross prayerlessness. We invest quality time in praying for our personal, family and congregational needs but little time for the needs of our nations. We abandon the destiny of our nation to the hand of politicians who know nothing about the fear and plan of God for the wellbeing of our nation.
c) Lingering lawlessness (Judges 17:6) “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”
Our apathy towards governance has given the politicians the liberty to act lawlessly. They see governance as a private business for corrupt enrichment and exercise of dominance over the people as their lifelong ‘benefactors’. Our feelings of discontent with the plight of Nigeria should spur us to passionate and selfless intercession for the rebirth of a new nation where mediocrity, bigotry, fanaticism, nepotism, tribalism, insecurity, corruption, poverty and lawlessness are stamped out.
Desire And Passion For A New Nigeria
Psalms 122:6-9 – “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions ‘sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.”
We need a new Nigeria with atmosphere for peace, progress, prosperity, industrialisation, technological advancement, vast opportunities for gainful employment and security of lives and properties. We need capable and competent leaders in the various strategic positions of authorities to advance the nation and create opportunities for personal and national wellbeing.
Nigerians, home and abroad want to have healthy self-esteem to exert positive influence all over the world. We dream of having a sense of pride in our nation. Thank God, our dream of a great Nigeria is possible through prayer.
2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Devotion And Prayer For A New Nigeria
Romans 10:1 “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”
There is a leadership vacuum in Africa. The comity of nations is waiting for Nigeria to fill it. African nations are groaning because their giant is sitting down in the dust. We are not getting things right as we keep declining from the ideals of our heroic progenitors. The craving for position, power and pecuniary gains of office has blinded our politicians to the need for earnest pursuit of public good. Refusal to solve the most fundamental problems we face has led to the upsurge of overwhelming challenges that require a God-appointed leader to tackle with absolute self-abandonment and sacrificial service.
Where do we go from here? As a matter of urgency, we need:
* Reflection – We need sober reflection on the state of our nation
* Repentance – We need urgent personal, family, congregational and national repentance
* Reappraisal – We need to reappraise our strategies and plans for a greater and better nation
* Resolution – We need a firm resolve to move the nation forward at any cost
* Request – We need to humble ourselves before God and seek His face for deliverance
* Response – We need faith in God’s immutable promise to answer our prayers and turn things around for His glory in our nation
* Release – We must expect to see absolute release from the shackles of mediocrity pervasive in our nation
If you are a stakeholder in the Nigeria Project, then you have the onerous duty to start praying for this nation anywhere you are across the globe. Nigeria’s friends are welcome as well.