The Nigerian political space
The Nigerian political space is unhealthy, especially on Twitter. It's like having
to discuss further mathematics with
a three months old baby who is only interested in sucking his fingers and making all sorts of noise just for
the fun of it. I have always loved
healthy arguments but if presenting
a point of view will mean inviting
packs of unwise wolves to hound
and snap at me, I don't think
it is worth it. Foolishness should be allowed to rule itself as long as
the wise can afford to preserve
himself or herself from the consequences of the decisions of a foolish mob.
First off, I was invited to speak
on a Twitter space. I honored the
invitation. I got this question
"Why has Yemi Osibajo not
resigned from Aso Rock if he
really wants to wash himself clean of Buhari's government"
I replied by taking the audience
to the Bible.
God is the one in charge of
governments and the moment he is not with a leader, he or she will begin
to make foolish decisions.
For this reason and for the sake
of the people, God will quickly raise another man to mitigate the effect
of the expected foolish decisions being made by the godless leader.
Nebuchadnezzar was an example
He wanted to kill all his wise men,
Daniel was raised to mitigate the
effect of that foolish decision.
Belshazzar was another example, he decided to use temple items to feast before idols and Daniel was raised to counter that decision!
Saul was another example, As soon
as the spirit of God departed from him, David was raised and thrown into the Palace. As long as David was in the Palace, he countered the foolish decisions of Saul and even became the target of Saul's foolishness.
When David eventually left the Palace, Saul went mad.
He killed the priests of Nob,
He killed the Gibeonites,
He sent the army after David several times, he even wanted to kill Samuel
but when he got to Samuel's house
He was overtaken by the Spirit of prophecy and began to prophesy.
The consequences were dire
famine which led to the death of many Israelites, Philistines was able to gather and declare war again. The voice of God ceased from the priests, Prophets and people to the King until he had
to consult a witch which led to
On the surface, Osinbajo might be your scapegoat but spiritually he
is where he should be!
And you must see beyond the natural especially if you're a Believer who understands the role wrong counsel
play in governments.
(Ahitophel and Hushai at the court of Absalom are examples)
Without the right counsels, what we call bad now would have been worse.
After my answer, I got this question...
Who are you voting for in the next election
I said "Due to the nature of
my calling I am not voting"
Then they came for me,
saying neutrality is not an option
and I cannot tell them to vote
while I am not setting the same example.
They are like babies who wanted
you to say "Turkey" and when you
refuse to say it, they begin to weep
and make a fuss.
Who I vote for is my personal
decision, isn't it?
Why would I come and make
an open declaration of my choice?
In a game of options, there is
no way my choice won't
Offend or influence some.
It is therefore my business alone.
I got invited to another space
They said the topic is about
"The church and politics"
I knew they were lying so I didn't join
Then they began to bombard me
with calls even after they had
been online for over an hour!
I decided to join and I discovered
they were advocating for one candidate
on the space. Waxing lyrical about
a man they have raised as an
emergency messiah simply because
they felt any other choice would do
but the established ones
I was asked to give a response
I said "What happens when your candidate becomes the president and he sends a budget to the senate but the senate refuses to pass it or they pad it
and insist without their added figures
the budget won't pass.
Since He doesn't have the majority in either the Senate or House of Reps,
what sort of a crippled president
would that be?
Nigerian democracy doesn't encourage
the popularity of one man but expects
that one man to carry the party on his shoulder and deliver a reasonable
number of votes in 2/3 of the states
in the nation
I only stated facts.
They unleashed their dogs on me.
"This Gbenga, is stylishly campaigning for PPP or APD. He is foolish for
saying what he said.
He should be stoned if our candidate gets there first and we will then storm the senate if they don't do his will."
You'd wonder who exchanged their brains for sawdust!
I decided it is better not to
engage them again. Since they come
from the age of agitation and not of
reason. It is either their way or no way.
You cannot disagree with them without provoking them to tears and violence.
What then is the point of reasoning together when your mind's made up
and you cannot be convinced you're
wrong even when it is obvious
that you are.
I have been 20 before, I understand
how idealistic those in that generation
can be. The cure for it was reading
but this generation are social media junkies. They feed off Twitter and Instagram looking for who to
drag, hail, or get entertained by.
We have raised literate but uneducated folks who seem to think their will and wisdom is the cure to all ills.
When I saw the way they hounded
a man of God who was only trying
to show them that entrenching their convictions is better than shouting
on Twitter. I realized I was right.
All they wanted was for everyone
to agree with them.
If you dare not, they would come
for you, Forgetting that we all
can't see things the same way.
I have the right to my opinion just
as you have a right to your opinion.
If I'd change my opinion on
anything, it must be because
you're offering a superior argument
and not calling me names or insulting me.
I thank my God I am not a pastor,
so if you insult me I can reply you
in kind and then block you.
Many won't do that because they are pastors and a certain level of decorum
is expected of them.
If you insult my Father,
I will not vote for your candidate
even if I like him. This is a
fact many of these barkers are
not getting. They will end up
isolating their candidate based on their riotous behavior. Nobody wants people who behave like them to have power!
If they can shut you down when your opinion differs and they are lacking
any real power, guess what they
will do when they can lock you up
or send killers to chop your head
under the guise of treason or whatever!
Being measured and reasonable is wisdom. Canceling people wins you
That is a fact.
Finally, I saw the most popular General Overseer in Nigeria saying "All he owes politicians is prayer and not his vote"
The comments under the short message was funny. Many were cursing him
for not "endorsing" their candidate.
Perhaps we should invest in
thinking caps for this generation.
A generation that prides itself in
stoning men who are forever greater
and better than their fathers!
Perhaps we should let them
have their way and pretend they
have won just so that we can
stop them from plunging headlong
into the lagoon!
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