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It’s Time to Pray

The Polity in Nigeria is quite heated, friends are willing to quarrel over aspirants they did not know 4 months ago. Strangers are willing to mal-handle each other over aspirants they do not truly know. Everybody want’s their person to win, nobody wants to lose.

Sometimes I play the video of my imagination past the now, into the future, I evaluate the possibilities if my candidate wins, and if others win. Will the momentum built by the opposition parties be well managed, or will it create instability? I did a survey based on these thoughts, the results I got were scary and I think it depends on many factors.

My analysis of the political terrain however shows one interesting reality. No matter who wins, Nigeria can never be the same again. The heated debates and campaigns have made all the parties promise us what we the Nigerian people truly deserve, a New Nigeria. Nobody can get there and take us for granted anymore. Rigging is no longer sufficient, the will of the people and their desires will count!

My heart silently aches over the tense arguments and discourteous use of words by old and young! Most of us are too far from where anything is being shared (when it’s being shared), hence our words and arguments are devoid of financial motivation, but by our desires for change. Our desires for a Nigeria we can be proud of, our desires to tell our children that when they sing the phrase “the labors of our hero’s past”, that our names are in there. Our desire for a Nigeria we can believe in, not one we can be leaving. That even though we were inspired by men, what we passionately strove for was a New Nigeria! And that win or lose, we actually won, because we may not get what we want, but we’ll get what we need! We are certain that when we do our best, God helps us with the rest. We are confident, that God desires that we live to our fullest expression, as individuals and as a nation and that he is more interested in a New Nigeria than all of us.

My heart is burdened, that if the leaders and candidates are at war with themselves and dedicate articles to demean each other, our fight should not be against people, but against corrupting systems, against poverty, against unemployment, against violence, insecurity and so many vices that bedevil our otherwise great country. Oh, I’m not free of blame myself and I indeed apologize. My passion for change has made me utter words not befitting a king. I have lashed out at people I hold in high esteem, demonized people with different views, castigated great yet opposing candidates and criticized pastors. Though I have my claim to truth, I am sorry indeed. The first step in our prayer for change, is that we the people that are called by God’s name, must humble ourselves, and turn from our wicked ways. Then God will hear from heaven, and heal our land.

If we focus more on counting our blessings, we’ll realize that never in our nation’s recent history have we been blessed with such a quality of aspirants. If we challenge ourselves to find the positives in every aspirant, we would indeed find, and some of what we will find would be exciting.

Brothers and Sisters, let’s quit the war. Let’s turn our swords to agricultural instruments and be ready to support the change we desire once voting is done. All those who are in the political scenes today, have 10-15yrs of Political relevance. We have 30-40 active years ahead of us, the future is ours, and it’s our responsibility to guard it. It’s time to pray for God’s will, time to pray for peace and healing. It’s time to rebuild our walls and infrastructures, it’s time for a fresh start. While we pray, it’s also time to watch. To cast our votes for our conscience, and to understand that in a democracy, the winner is the one that the majority wants, and that it is our responsibility as citizens, to accept whoever wins and provide the necessary support and checks to move our democracy forward.

I have a dream of a Nigeria that works, a Nigeria that my children can school in and stand taller than students from anywhere in the world in every way. I have a dream of a Nigeria where corruption, power failure, insecurity, poverty, ethnic or religious bias only exists as history topics. I have a dream of a Nigeria where the street cleaner has her own house, where announcing “I’m a Nigerian” makes everybody around you feel comfortable that a competent and trustworthy person is here. The future we desire is possible, from now till the elections are over, I invite you to join us as we pray! If you can even fast, you are welcome as well. Wherever you are, at Noon daily. Let’s pray! Prayer points will be seen across the facebook status pages of many of us.

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20 comments

  1. It is indeed time to pray.
    The elections are here ,we are going to vote and definitely there will be winners,there will be loosers.
    I strongly believe PDP shouldnt be compensated with another mandate to rule because all they have managed to do in the last twelve years was looting,stealing and pilfering at different levels on different scales. This looting spree was carried out by both ‘Baba and Omo’,Taja teran,ind broad daylight and not too broad daylight.
    Now why do we need to pray?
    Indeed many are saying that if Goodluck should be unlucky to lose,the south south will make trouble.
    The north feels Baba imposed a terminally ill man on them to run their tenure and his expected death which materialized not only shortchanged but short circuited them.
    The expectation is that the north
    does not want Goodluck but one their own ,General Buhari, whose acceptance cuts across the country because of his incorruptibility.
    Incidentally I am also rooting and voting GMB in the BB arrangement that will start making things better and better.
    I have nothing against Jonathan but for the fact that he is in bad company.Show me your friends and I will know who you are.
    My prayer is that we should be mature to accept whoever is declared the winner as long as the elections are fair and not rigged.
    Anything short of this will lead us the way of Cote D’Ivoire which is still unfolding untold hardship of unimaginable proportions.
    May we not see war again.Amen

  2. Chairman, this is an humble walk from your last post.

    You’ve said it all. I did a post to usher in the administration of GEJ believing he has the will (but doubted his courage anyway) to move Nigeria. After seeing the manifest of misgovernance and lack of credibility I swapped to Team Ribadu. On sighting the high handledness of Tinubu on the ACN. I departed for the BB Team.

    I did some post on why it should be BB and won a good number of converts. I was everywhere on my friends wall on Facebook pulling the strings for the BB Presidency idea.

    It wasnt long I was attacking people especially those of the GEJ political view but not with languages uncalled for. Somehow somewhere, people who I respected began to use foul language on me. It was more disheartening cos I respect these people really much. That was when i desisted from making political posts or comments.

    It is evident we can’t go to the Devil’s gate and rob his house freely but when it comes to using unfit equipment even our Lord and Captain won’t be happy with us.

    The scriptures say even the angels over Moses’ body did not bring any high sounding argument against the devil but just rebuked him.

    This post is an humble walk from the last one you did. I duff my hat.

  3. Indeed, it is time to pray. If any nation could have God on their side, it’s us. If there was any moment we really needed Him, it’s this.

    Even the best of our personal choices can get into power and fail us. We still need God. I would just urge Nigerians to vote with wisdom and let God do the rest, not vote for crooks based on sentiments and then invite God to clear the mess.

  4. It’s indeed time to pray!

    Though we’ve prayed in the past, and we have not stopped praying, but it is indeed time to pray more.

    Lord, may your kingdom come in Nigeria as it is in heaven. Amen!

  5. Everyone falters at one point or another but being able to retrace ones step is the hallmark or maturity.

    It is good when see the need to pray and seek God’s will, than assume we know it all.
    I strongly believe the Lord has an Agenda for this country and His agenda will stand taller than any mans agenda.

    Pray we must, pray we will, just as we’ve always done. God ‘s will will be done. I’m so sure of that.

    Very important too Deolu, pls take this gospel to our brothers up north.

  6. I’m glad this is coming from you sir. i once made a post on FB..

    Though we have made logical conclusions and presume who is best for us, we incessantly forget the truth being that the way up is not that others go down…

    God bless your heart.

  7. Better……

    Righteousness exalts a nation..But Sin….

  8. Terrific thoughts CM. Elijah was a man of like passion, he prayed that there might be no rain according to God’s word and he prayed again to bring back the rain.The effectual fervent prayer of a (many) righteous man(people) will make tremendeous power available dynamic in its working.

    God’s will will be done.Nigeria and Nigerians will be the true winner of the 2011 election. A New Nigeria will be Delivered.NIGERIA IS FREE!Happy Jubilee.

  9. My heart rejoice with this write-up. CM, you are truly a man with conscience and joint heir with Christ. I appreciate your humility.

    As we collectively pray, the Nigeria in the heart of God and the Nigeria of our dream will be birth. Things will never be the same any more.

    This is my first prayer point:

    Oh God of creation,
    Direct our noble cause
    Guide our leaders’ right
    Help our youths the truth to know
    In love and honesty to grow
    And living in just and true
    Great lofty heights attain
    To build a nation where peace
    And justice shall reign

  10. I salute the courage of Chairman in writing this timely article. Men of true conscience and sincere motives would have sensed this call to praying for the nation in the past few days.

    I fully concur with Matthew Abolurin aand join him to pray the 2nd stanza of our constitutionally backed national prayer:

    Oh God of creation,
    Direct our noble cause
    Guide our leaders’ right
    Help our youths the truth to know
    In love and honesty to grow
    And living in just and true
    Great lofty heights attain
    To build a nation where peace
    And justice shall reign

    Long live Nigeria. Love to all

  11. I pray our leaders mean this words when they say The Pledge

    I pledge to Nigeria my country
    To be faithful, loyal and honest
    To serve Nigeria with all my strength
    To defend her unity and uphold her honor
    So help me God.

  12. I pray our leaders mean these words when they say The Pledge

    I pledge to Nigeria my country
    To be faithful, loyal and honest
    To serve Nigeria with all my strength
    To defend her unity and uphold her honor
    So help me God.

  13. Thank you Deolu. You won my respect on this

  14. It’s about time…

    So, shall we pray?

  15. It’s not only time to pray, but it is imperative that we pray continually! (2 Thessalonians 5 v 17)

  16. Okay okay… we have started loosening our faces… lol…

    Seriously Deolu, while we all have a right to express our views, it takes a great man to admit where he thinks he may have erred. Well done!

    Besides, for a country where everyone loves education, we actually need more arguments and debate to tell ourselves the truth, bitter or not.

    Once again, lovely article, and anyone who feels slighted should forgive o!

    Indeed, from the results of last weekend elections, God has started listening to our prayers already!

    We shall be now be praying for INEC to hold fast to their integrity…

  17. Yes, we need pray now more than anything. This is the only country we can call our own and we must join hands to do this for our Nigeria.

  18. To be frank with u sir,we have prayed,we have fasted and things havent improved!instead,desperate politicians like buhari who cant understand what it means 2 accept defeat will brainwash youth to begin to kill innocent people.i dont think praying is what we should be doing right now.i think we shoud bring all the perpetrators of this ungodly act to book. You almost convinced me in one of your articles to vote for him but thank God i didnt. God help us all.

    • @ Omozele,

      7 died in Imo today, who caused that? Buhari?
      Hundreds died in Lagos in 1993 after the June 12 elections were annulled. Who do we blame? Buhari?
      Scores have been dying in AkwaIbom for weeks now. Who?
      Hundreds die daily of illnesses that could be cured with N500, who do we blame for brainwashing them? Buhari? ACN Supporters were tear gassed today in Benue, with many wounded. Who do we blame? Buhari? Please don’t join the bandwagon of people who talk passionately about what they don’t know the facts about.
      Don’t let anyone sell you sentimental, tribal or religious BS! People will continue to take the laws into their hands, for as long as they go unpunished! Even the bible says men continue in evil because the reward of wickedness is not executed speedily. The Number of Extra Judicial killings in the last 12yrs is over 3,000, if we count entire villages that were wiped out we’ll lose count. Don’t cast blames or jump to justice without having a balanced views of what is happening. I voted for him, and my decision was based on thoroughly researched facts and figures. I have absolutely no regrets, and we have 4yrs to prove that what we have is a better choice. It’s time to pray because even now, I pray that God helps our leaders and helps us.

      Feel free to be frank with me! I perhaps could be one of the brainwashed youths.

  19. Kingsley amaefule

    GEJ WAS BETTER IN THIS LAST ELECTIONS.GOODLUCK WORKED FOR HIM.i love gej.

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