“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Paul asked that question in Romans 8:31.
Every Naija politrickster, Christian or Muslim, has tried in one form or another to drag God’s name into politricks.
Yesterday President Buhahari said in Daura that “it is not by power, it is not by wealth but by the Grace of God that I won the election’’. If someone religious was thinking of challenging the (s)election results at a tribunal, the person would have to seriously question whether the Big Man in the Tribunal in the sky would approve of disputing what Buhahari has declared happened due to His Grace.
Buhahari is suggesting that God approved of his win. But just because something happened is no indication that God was happy that it happened. He may have let it happen, but He may not be pleased that it happened. An armed robbery may succeed because God allowed it to happen, but it doesn’t mean that God was happy that thieves stole the possessions of others.
Was God really happy that Buhahari won? I really don’t know. Perhaps, He wanted to punish the looters in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). But was God really for Buhahari’s All Progressive Congress (APC)? Did God really approve of widespread underage voting, the intimidation of non-Muslims in the north, rigging and other malpractices that allowed Buhahari to prevail?
In March this year Arch Bishop Emma David Okafoagu, Arch Bishop of New Covenant of God Mission, claimed:
“We had to gather major prophets to know whether God has shifted from what He told us. On the 28th of January 2015, at about 11.55pm to 12 midnight, the arrow of our prayers struck the moon of All Progressives Congress (APC), and God reassured us that the president will win the election in 2015, and that there will be no violence as people are predicting before and after election, and that He, God is in control. He gave out 10 reasons He will allow Goodluck Jonathan to run again. God also said that there would be a wind that will blow all over Nigeria in January 30, which God said, is a sign of victory for Jonathan in 2015.”
Lo and behold, it did not come to pass as was foretold by the archbishop, and Goodluck said after his defeat: “We are a very religious society; whether Christians or Muslims or some other religions, I believe it is the will of God that the election went the way it did.”
His statements must have compelled the religious among his PDP supporters to accept defeat as God’s will. After all, they already had Godswill Akpabio, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, among their ranks. But during the announcement of the results, a PDP stalwart Godsday Orubebe, must have thought it was the “devil’s day” as he tried to stop the electoral commission chairman from declaring what his boss Goodluck would accept as the will of God.
As God’s will and His Grace have allegedly been fulfulled in Nigeria, another politrickster – the governor of Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai of the APC declared yesterday that Nigeria needs divine intervention to pull out of its present socio-economic challenges.
What this essentially means is that if El-Rufai and the APC fail, they have already got their excuses in early. It is because God did not intervene, it wasn’t the will of God, and their failure was just what God wanted.
It is time all these people stopped invoking God, that we can’t see or hear, and actually relied on our constitution that we can all read. Nigeria needs its elected officials to uphold the constitution. In Chapter II Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy, the constitution states that: “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”
In Paragraph 16 the constitution states that: “(1) The State shall, within the context of the ideals and objectives for which provisions are made in this Constitution.
(a) harness the resources of the nation and promote national prosperity and an efficient, a dynamic and self-reliant economy;
(b) control the national economy in such manner as to secure the maximum welfare, freedom and happiness of every citizen on the basis of social justice and equality of status and opportunity”
Paragraph 17(3) states: “The State shall direct its policy towards ensuring that-
(a) all citizens, without discrimination on any group whatsoever, have the opportunity for securing adequate means of livelihood as well as adequate opportunity to secure suitable employment;
(b) conditions of work are just and humane, and that there are adequate facilities for leisure and for social, religious and cultural life;
(c) the health, safety and welfare of all persons in employment are safeguarded and not endangered or abused;
(d) there are adequate medical and health facilities for all persons:
(e) there is equal pay for equal work without discrimination on account of sex, or on any other ground whatsoever;
(f) children, young persons and the age are protected against any exploitation whatsoever, and against moral and material neglect;
(g) provision is made for public assistance in deserving cases or other conditions of need; and
(h) the evolution and promotion of family life is encouraged.”
Jesus Christ said in Matthew 25: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
So my dear Naija politricksters, fronting to be righteous just like the Pharisees, what have you done for the least of our fellow citizens? Have you used our resources to ensure the welfare of our people? Has your government’s primary purpose been to ensure that no Nigerian goes without food, shelter, etc? If no, you did not do it for God and He is surely not for you, but against you.