Nigeria; Are You Still Waiting For God?

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use”– Galileo Galilei

Nigeria could pass for the only country where the same things are done regularly but different results are expected.

A Nigerian prefer to vote based on his/her religious or ethnic sentiments rather than vote a more competent candidate of different religious/ethnic background. We have continually decided the fate of our nation on sentiment and selfish interests. To a Nigerian, as long as his/her interest will be protected he doesn’t care whether the country goes up in flames or gets destroyed by incompetent political office holders.

Overtime, some of us voted people based on how much we were paid or on “their” names. As it is, in Nigeria, most of us prefer “Goodluck” (even when we’ve done nothing to deserve it) to working hard and earning based on efforts put in. Which is why we were easily deceived during preparations for the 2011 general elections, when most of those who voted the ruling party voted for the name of the candidate and not the party.

The solution to the problems with Nigeria lies with us ; Nigerians and the more we wait for God to help us solve our problems, the harder it will get. 
We all have felt the hardship in the land; we feel the pains of unfulfilled campaign promises, yet we’ve refused to think and act right. We prefer to cast all our burdens on God which has not solved any of our many problems. 

God has given us the ability to think and reason, There is no better time to put it to good use than now. The solutions to our many problems lie in our ability to think about what we’ve done wrong for 14years and start looking for ways to make them right; Selling our votes has not taken us anywhere, voting based on names has hurt us, voting according to ethnic/religious leanings hasn’t helped either and if we continue to hope on God to help us solve our problems while we continue doing the same things, just like we were deceived by a name associated with luck in 2011, another candidate will come forward and tell us his name is “Godsent” and since we’ve failed to address what we’ve been doing wrongly, we’ll vote for the name again.

God won’t come down to help us. He has placed in our midst those that can help us and he’s given us the ability to recognize them. It is left to us to trust them and support them. We also need to learn how to protect our votes and enlighten others on why we must stop voting on religious or ethnic sentiments, stop selling votes. God has not come down to liberate any nation on the planet, the citizens liberated themselves when they decided enough is enough. Nigerians also must stand up and let our voices be heard. Those in power need to know they are there because we want them to and that we’ve had enough of their oppressions. Egyptians aren’t waiting for God to help them; they know God has given them enough to liberate themselves. Why is Nigeria still waiting for God?

2015 is a few months away, it doesn’t hurt to start preparing now and act right. God Bless Nigeria..

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13 thoughts on “Nigeria; Are You Still Waiting For God?

  1. Well said,my friend. U see we have continued to pray to God with our hands raised up stretched out wide. While God’s hand is stretched towards us to hold,our hands continue to remain wide apart and not closing to hold God’s hands.

    Our political experience lacks revolutionary change because we got it on plater of Gold,we did not fight for it. So we continue to misuse it just like everything else we have in natural plenty.

    Egypt,unlike Nigeria, has had the history of revolutionary change( the story of the israelites),and they have learnt how to manage natures gifts because they have very little.

    Can we ever see the outstretched hand of God and hold it to liberate ourselves and our land?

  2. Nice one, and I’m happy you said “….voting based on names has hurt us, voting according to ethnic/ religious leanings hasn’t helped either….” Are u trying to say voting based on unknown names is the solution?

    • I don’t mean “Voting based on unknown names”, the name “Goodluck” convinced many that the messiah has arrived which is why I wrote that “if we don’t stop voting on sentiments another candidate will come and tell us his name is “Godsent”.
      This time we need to vote based on the candidates track records, what he has achieved in the positions he’s held before and not because of religion, ethnicity or names.
      Thank you for reading

  3. Nicely written but d main issue was not addressed……..candidates won’t come 4rm anoda planet it is up 2 us 2 provide a platform where candidates will be truly accountable 2 d pple and not some Godfathers or Kingmakers. Our leaders will continue treating us d way they do now as long as we allow some pple decide who can run nd who cant

    • There are some governors that have proven that they can take Nigeria to where the country should be, we can start supporting them now and for God fathers; they can force candidates on us but they can’t force us to vote for the candidate, we’ll vote who we want. We should stop voting for parties, rather we should vote for individuals who have convinces in the offices the held before contesting for president

  4. Very aptly put. Religious differences and sentimental tendencies have always been the bane of progress in this country.

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