My Dear Pastor,
“When in the course of human events…”
It is now quite obvious that apart from those dark days of the Nigerian Civil War (1967 – 1970), Nigeria has never been in as bad a situation as the one in which we find her today.
Every single day, on many fronts, we see a daily annihilation and unbelievable decimation of not only the people of Nigeria but also the dreams of Nigerians.
Every single day, we are inundated by figures of victims of terrible acts of terror, and subtle acts of corruption. If you look closely enough Sir, you will find that too many of us are not gainfully employed. Too many of us are dying because of inadequate health care or as a result of avoidable road accidents. Too many of us are dying of thirst in a land flowing with milk and honey.
Pastor, we have prayed, and we keep praying for Nigeria.
Isaiah 59 points out clearly that God is not deaf. It seems it is our collective sins that are haunting us. It is our chickens that are coming home to roost.
While it may be true that many of us, as citizens, are corrupt, but it appears that our leaders are worse. They do not catch and punish the thieves. They sometimes put blockades in the way of those that want to live and do right.
This is where you come in.
Throughout history, we see that the march out of captivity and slavery has best been championed by people of faith. Ordained priests with fervent conviction that setting the captives free from the clutches of oppressors of every shade is what God delights in (Isaiah 58).
The socio-economic liberation of Israel from Egypt was led by two sons of Levi (Moses and Aaron). When the African-American community in the United States had had enough of the oppression of racism, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, with several other leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), stood up to be counted. And they led an organized demand for a more equitable society.
The history of South Africa, especially the victory over the oppressive Apartheid regime will not be complete without the telling of the involvement of the Church leaders, notably the Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
God knows that Nigeria can be better than this.
God knows that we have it in us to build a better nation than this.
We know that we cannot leave the destiny of our nation in the hands of any politician, no matter the color of his party’s flag.
This is therefore an appeal, that you
1.Join hands with other Christian leaders to help give voice and direction to an organized movement of Nigerians with the best interests of the nation at heart.
2. Join hands and voices to demand that our foundations in education, health and basic infrastructure be rebuilt.
3. Join hands and voices to demand that all of us in your church live by the teachings of Christ, to not steal, to not cheat, and to aggressively pursue justice when a public official is stealing the commonwealth.
4. Join hands and voices to ensure that the vulnerable in our society (women, children and the very elderly) are given the best care possible.
Nigeria has the potential to be great.
Please do not be quiet. Especially as you have access to the very top leaders of our nation. As we were shown in Esther 4: 14: “Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews,” he said. “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then will relief and deliverance arise … from another place, but thou and thy father’s house will perish.”
Chukwudi Adepoju 16th March 2014.