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Why I Am Against Oduduwa Republic As A Yoruba The danger of monoculturalism, my Ukraine experience.

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Oduduwa Republic

Monoculturalism is the psychology of living just for and within your own people. It can otherwise be called extreme nationalism. It is a feeling that your people are better than others.

 

We can assess a man’s level of education by how willing he is to embrace others. Monoculturalism makes you a tribalist, a racist, xenophobic, bigoted, discriminatory and intolerant of others.

 

The reason why we go to school is to open up our minds and destroy our ignorance. We go to school to break the yoke of personal prejudice, individual bias and normalize our preconceptions about people.

 

A mind that is truly educated does not hold strongly and stubbornly to opinions. Rather, he researches facts, cross-fertilize ideas with other minds.

 

An educated mind is quick to drop prejudice and unfairness in favor of what will make his community tolerable, habitable and livable for all. Educated societies are open societies that welcome people and are hospitable.

 

Whereas, dark societies are said to be so because they are unreachable, closed, and not welcoming to strangers.

 

For example, it is easy for a man who is not educated to say; ‘Igbos are thieves’. He could say, ‘Fulanis are killers’ or summarily conclude that ‘Yorubas are ritualists’.

 

If you are educated and you believe in facts and veracity, you will know that cannot be the fact.

You can’t come to this conclusion because you know that you have not met all Igbos, Fulanis or Yorubas in the first place.

 

If you have not met all Igbos, and if all Igbos have not scammed you before, how can you then say Igbos are scammers. It takes an uneducated mind to accept prejudice.

 

The more educated your mind is, the more you give way for light, knowledge, insight, understanding, and advanced awareness about others. With education, you are considerate of others, sympathetic to their views, respectful of their choices as long as it does not impact you or others negatively.

 

With education, you are considerate, kind, thoughtful and accepting. Without all of these values, you are uneducated, even if you have been to all the schools in the world.

 

Monoculturalism on the other hand embraces the poison of false patriotism, partisanship and dangerous devotion. You may often hear monoculturalists say, ‘I am ready to die for my people’.

 

On the surface, that looks like a good thing. But you will only realize the danger when you know that Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, Benito Mussolini and other mass murderers in history all said the same thing. The world remembers them not as heroes but as villains.
Monoculturalism is a form of illiteracy and a form of backwardness. When you are highly educated as an individual, you will see that we all belong to the same human race irrespective of tribe, color, gender, nationality, ethnicity etc.

 

You will see that as human beings, we are all blessing to one another and we come from the same family; God’s family.
Everything that separates us as human beings is insignificant compared to those things that join us together.

 

When a society is primitive they fight one another go break away into their small microscopic entity. When a society evolves and become more advanced however, they rather bury their differences and come together to form a bigger community.

 

If you study the history of Europe you’ll discover this tendency. In the past when European countries were more backward and primitive they fought each other and broke themselves down into small nations.

 

Recent history however shows the opposite tendencies of European nations coming together again to form what is now known as European Union. When the United States of America was started they began as only 13 states, today they have expanded to 50 states.

 

They went as far as buying territories from France, Mexico and Russia just to become a greater and bigger nation.
Many who are agitating for the break up of Nigeria today often use the former Soviet Union as their example of new independent nations coming out of one larger nation.

 

When I hear these arguments I laugh at the ignorance of those using this as their argument. For your information I live here in the former Soviet Union.

 

I have lived here now for 35 years, I’m a personal witness to all that led to the break up of the country and I was an eye witness of all that transpired and transpires as we speak. The Ukraine where I am now is one of the 15 republics that were in the former Soviet Union.

 

I know all the problems and troubles each one of these new nations are now going through. As a matter of fact up to 75% of the former Soviet Union citizens said they would preferred to have remained in their previous united country.

 

More so, the standard of living for most of the citizens have considerably fallen especially at the point of division of these nations. Some of these nations have lost between 30-50% of their population after the breakup of Soviet Union. More tragically, almost all the new nations went through one civil war or the other. Those who escaped a civil war had horrible political instabilities that they never experienced before in their united country.

 

As I’m writing this Ukraine where I live is experiencing a war threat, apart from economic and political instability of the nation. Funny enough every single one of these 15 nations that broke away from the former Soviet Union later realized their foolishness such that years later they began to look to create or join another alliance or Union again.

 

Today half of them have come back together again to form a Union of independent states with Russia, while the second half is either already joined the European Union or pleading to join.

 

I can keep on going on and on about all the troubles connected to breaking up of a developing country into an independent nation. As a matter of fact what Nigeria is experiencing now is a direct consequences of starting a young nation. To start a new nation now means going back another 60 years, and then repeat the whole journey that Nigeria has gone through again from the beginning.

 

Hence when you see me vehemently protesting against breaking down Nigeria, it is because of what I know. I have been living in the former Soviet Union for the past 35 years. I have witnessed all the pains and sorrow of these new nations first hand, hence I am pleading with my people to consider moving ahead with Nigeria rather than breaking up and starting all over again for every individual nations involved.

 

Many among us are religious, we are all sons and daughters of Adam and Eve. We are the same people. The colors of our skin does not determine who we really are. The language we speak does not always depict who we are. For instance, I am a Yoruba man, I grew up speaking Yoruba every single day of my growing up years.

 

Today, I am more fluent in Russian language than I am in Yoruba. Through the rule of use and disuse, I am more conversant today in the language that I have used for the past close to four decades than my native language. Therefore, language does not determine who we are.

 

We are all connected
What matters is that we are all human beings, we all belong to the human race, we all have one race. We are all one family. We are all connected.

 

You should train your mind to see this value in everyone. You must train your mind to treat everyone you come across like this. If you happen to travel out of your own geographical location, chances are that you will meet a lot of people who differ from you in many ways.

 

You cannot afford to only see the dividing lines between you and every other person you come across. How many lines do you want to see? Instead, train your mind to only see one thing, humanity.
Hope you can see the picture I’m trying to paint.

 

Can you see the joining lines between you and others? If you can see yourself being joined to the human race, how much more people who are born into same country and same continent as you are. We are Africans not just because we are black but because we were born into same continent with same blood stream in our veins. All Africans are related.

 

All of us are one people. Before the advent of the Colonizers in Africa, our fore parents lived together in kingdoms and empires without passports or boundaries. They did not know what a country was or what nationalism meant.

 

They just recognized one another as black people and Africans. It was the Colonizers who came together with a map and a pen and divided us into countries. Why must we then take such identity and place it over our larger identity as Africans and as a part of the human race?

 

When compared to your personal identity as a human being, being an African is inferior. If you do not understand this properly, you will be in trouble everywhere you go and when you come outside of your own ethnicity. When compared to your identity as an African, your ethnicity is inferior.

 

When compared to your ethnicity, your national identity is inferior. When compared to your national identity, your tribal identity is inferior. When compared to your tribal identity, your town/city of origin is inferior.

 

When compared to your city or town of origin, your family house/identity is inferior. We often miss it because we allow the big picture get blurred in our minds. The clearest picture on everyone’s mind should be our collective humanness, then allow others blur in that direction.

 

Here’s the problem of the world; individuals forget their human identity, then begin to emphasize their lesser identity over their collective identity. No nation will be great where the lesser identities are paramount and take central discussions.

 

Great societies have learnt to downplay their lesser identities in favor of the bigger and more collective identities.

 

For example, in Africa, tribe is a big deal for a lot of people and it means everything to them. Conversely, in Europe, though they also have several tribes, they have learnt to put that identity aside in favor of their larger identity.

 

The years when tribalism meant so much to people in Europe were the years filled with bitter wars, extreme bloodshed, killings and maiming. Through those wars, Europeans have learnt that holding tightly to the lesser identity will do their society no good.

 

They have thus, given up that in exchange for embracing their collective identity and destiny as Europeans.
As a result, a European is proudly a European anywhere he goes within his continent.

 

There are further and ongoing attempts to make the dividing lines more and more insignificant.
I want to adjoin my fellow Nigerians from every tribe and nation in our union to dare to build a great country together.

 

We should not be going backwards when all other countries are moving forward. If we will not allow the challenges of today to deter us we together can make Nigeria become the envy of nations.

 

In conclusion I’ll like to again fall on the wisdom of Chief Obafemi Awolowo when he says “The gloom of the world is but a shadow, and there is radiance in the darkness, if we could but see.

 

To be able to see this radiance, all you need to do is to cultivate the courage to look, and the insight to apprehend the light which shines, at all times and in all places, for those who make Truth the object of their daily pursuit.” Yes Nigeria is experiencing a time of gloom right now, why don’t we believe the word of our sage to see it as a shadow that will pass away in no time.

 

Let’s learn to see the radiance in the present darkness of Nigeria as we were advised by Awolowo. However, to see this radiant future of Nigeria we need courage, courage to overlook the gloominess of today, courage to overlook the weaknesses of other ethnic groups and courage to see the great future Nigeria holds for all of us.

 

In spite of all the horror stories of today’s Nigeria, there are promising lights underneath our reality. There is always light in every darkness, this has been proven long ago by physics, Awolowo is right light shines in darkness and in gloominess of today’s Nigeria. Let’s have the courage to see the lights and promises Nigeria holds. Unfortunately only those committed to truth can reason this way, as said in the conclusion of that quotation from Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

 

People of truth know this is not the end for Nigeria, but a junction in the journey to a glorious tomorrow, hope my Yoruba people will hear the cry from the grave of their most illustrious son and leader.

 

For The Love Of God, Church And Nation,
Dr. Sunday Adelaja.

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28years Later, Counting The Gains, The Losses Of June 12

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When the military regime led by the General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd.) once again postponed civil rule elections to June 12, 1993, it was unaware it was setting an historical date that will eventually consume it and disgrace the military out of power. He was equally unaware that the date will become of symbolic significance in the very fabric of the Nigerian nationhood.

 

It was all a part of the generals’ hidden agenda of organising party primaries and elections, turning round to annul them and shifting the transition programme goal post.

 

 

But today, Democracy Day in Nigeria is being celebrated on the 12th of June. This change from May 29 carries heavy symbolism for a country that is known more years of being ruled by military men than by democratically elected leaders. May 29 is also symbolic as it was the date rtd General Olusegun Obasanjo, as the president elect in late February 1999, was duly sworn in same year.

 

 

What makes the date truly significant? It was on this date in 1993 that presidential elections were held for the first time since the 1983 military coup. It was an event many observers have described as the most outstanding in Nigeria’s post-independence political history. It was still viewed as the freest, fairest and most peaceful election ever held in Nigeria.

 

 

On the day, an estimated 14 million Nigerians – irrespective of ethnic, religious, class, and regional affiliations, (in a period when religious acrimony and tension had reached its zenith) – defied bad weather to elect their president with the hope of ending eight years of military dictatorships.

 

 

Unfortunately, results of that election were never released. But unofficial results gathered through the various polling stations by civil society groups across the country indicated broad national support for the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.

 

 

The then military head of state, General Babangida, in an unprecedented move, annulled the results of the election, justifying his actions on the grounds that it was necessary to save the nation. He alleged that political activities preceding the election were inimical to peace and stability in Nigeria. The June 12 election and subsequent annulment marked the beginning of a decades long struggle to see the election result restored and democracy rehabilitated.

 

 

Decades later, perhaps in righting Babangida’s wrong, President Muhammadu Buhari announced the change in date and honour of Chief Abiola.

 

 

“…After due consultations, the federal government has decided that henceforth June 12 will be celebrated as Democracy Day.

 

 

“Therefore, government has decided to award, posthumously, the highest honour of the land, GCFR, to the late Chief M.K.O Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 cancelled elections. His running mate as vice president, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, is also to be invested with a GCON. Furthermore, the tireless fighter for human rights and the actualisation of June 12 elections and indeed for democracy in general, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi is to be awarded the GCON.

 

 

“The investiture will take place on Tuesday June 12, 2019, a date which in future years will replace May 29 as a national public holiday in celebration of Nigeria’s Democracy Day.”

 

 

However, Nigerians from all works of life have been asking whether the country has gained anything from the June 12, 1993 presidential election or if the endorsement of the day would be of any significance since its adoption last year.

 

 

They are worried that none of the critical issues it raised about the system of governance during its press conference in 2019 when Buhari recognised Abiola had been addressed even though they remain critical and fundamental towards resolving the incessant political instability, economic misery, national mutual mistrust, lack of cohesion and unacceptable level of national insecurity.

 

 

One of the closest associates of late Abiola, Chief Jide Sawyer, had described the present democracy as being even worse and deficient more than military rule. He said the country appears to have learnt nothing, neither could it boast to have gained much from June 12, 1993 presidential election, apart from the fact that former military rulers dropped their military uniforms and assembled some politicians to form a civilian administration.

 

 

According to him, “There is nothing different despite the fact that the present administration recognised June 12 as Democracy Day last year. Those in government today who pushed for the agenda only paid lip service to whole idea for their selfish political interests. I describe them as people who didn’t participate in what they are currently benefiting from. This democracy is even worse than military rule.

 

 

“For instance, we have a selective mode of election where individuals, who claim to be godfathers, decide and or select who represent the people and not through free, fair democratic process, and in effect such public officers are directly responsible to their masters and not to the electorates.”

 

 

Sawyer added: “As much as it was good that the incumbent government recognised June 12 as Democracy Day over a year ago, tell me what has been different in the system of governance and democracy that we have had since 1999? Democracy is about honesty, determination and focus to deliver good governance to the people. The reason I said we are worse than when we were under the military regime is that critics of government are viciously attacked these days by government-sponsored agents, which has almost stopped very reasonable people from talking or faulting government’s policies.”

 

 

On the agitation to restructure the country, Sawyer said, “One unique thing about Abiola’s aborted presidency and the 1993 democratic process was the ‘hope and confidence’ it gave to Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic differences. ‘Hope 93’ made SDP very popular and acceptable before the military struck by annulling the result. Today, can we even discuss restructuring without giving the people hope first? There is the need to allay the fears of Nigerians. To get this done, good governance is key. This is when we can start talking about restructuring.”

 

 

Also, the seeming total disregard of this administration to fulfill the major electoral promises and manifesto to restore the country to federal constitutional governance constitutes a betrayal of public trust upon which it secured its mandate in 2015. It is painfully clear now that the president and the APC made false promises that they did not intend to keep.

 

 

President Buhari’s so-called three pillars – to secure Nigeria, to revamp the economy and to fight corruption – have clearly recorded very low achievements because the current centralist and unitarist governance structure remains unsuitable, unsustainable and counterproductive in a heterogeneous geographical and political space where the different ethnic nationalities or groups must be free to govern themselves as they deem fit, given the divergent languages, religions, traditions, cultures, artifacts and folklores of the people.

 

 

Reacting on what the country had gained and lost on the June 12 struggle in the last 28 years, a former governor of Ogun State, Segun Osoba, said the greatest gain of Abiola’s sacrifice for democracy is the stability it brought into the transition programme. He said before the late business mogul paid the supreme price, which brought about the present democracy, “Nigeria had always found it difficult, if not impossible, to transit from a civilian administration to another without the military intervening. For instance, during the First Republic, the military seized government giving excuse of the uncertain and chaotic atmosphere that enveloped the political terrain then. This led to the January 1966 coup.

 

 

“When Nigeria eventually returned to democratic rule in 1979, another military coup took place four years after the 1983 elections. But since MKO Abiola paid the supreme price in 1998 and Nigeria wriggled to return to civil rule in 1999, the military had remained in the barracks while we have had about five uninterrupted civilian-to-civilian transitions from 1999 to 2020. Indeed, Abiola was a political and historical factor.”

 

 

On the losses, Osoba said many people have been doing a symbolic celebration of Abiola and June 12 yearly without necessarily showing enough love and commitment to the late philanthropist and his family.”

 

 

Steve Adesemoye, a senior lecturer at the Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH, concurred with Osoba when he said, “Celebrating a symbolic day is not bad. Especially if it is in remembrance of somebody or a phenomenon. But we need to work on why we set this day aside. It goes beyond setting aside a date, there must be a political will to enthrone the reason for the day.”

 

 

Lamenting that the political elites in this country are just in their own world, he explained that these elites are practically disconnected from the people and without respect for the rule of law, democracy and/or free and fair electoral system.

 

 

“June 12 will remain a mere date until the political elites actualise what the day stands for – fairness, equity, good governance, economic prosperity, selflessness, etc.,” he intoned.28years later, counting the gains, the losses of June 12

 

Latching onto the recent ban of microblogging site, Twitter and Buhari’s recent interview on Arise TV, Otunba Olumide Abegunde, a social commentator was of the opinion that Nigeria is in need of prayers as the country’s democracy is in a nascent state.

 

 

“Nigerian government has just shown us ‘crazy!’ How can people who claim to be ruling and not leading or governing get so emotional at the prick of an ‘inconsequential’ entity? I always thought rulers had zero emotions.”

 

 

 

He queried, “What is democracy? How do we describe democracy? I hope it still has a meaning in this terrain of ours. For a country whose largest demography is youthful, suspending a more or less e-commerce platform where young people who the state could not provide jobs for, have come together on and found a means to survive, is so much.”

 

 

Disgusted that it took Nigeria 21 years from the re-inception of democracy to establish the fact that June 12 is the marker for the struggle to free Nigeria from the wicked stranglehold of military dictatorship, executive secretary, Nigeria National Summit Group (NNSG), Tony Uranta, however, said Buhari deserves to be commended for recognising that the Fourth Republic is built on the sacrifices of MKO Abiola, his wife, Kudirat and other political martyrs who lost their lives in the nationwide struggle to right the wrongs that the military foisted on Nigeria from 1984 especially.

 

 

Uranta added, “Having said that, one must state that the end of military rule only ushered in civilian governance, and not democratic rule. Nigeria is still governed by non-democratic systems and personalities, who have entrenched a corrupt electoral process that has only produced a political elite still owing their existence to military and not at all dependent on the electorate.”

 

 

 

He said until there is internal democracy in the political parties, “we cannot say Nigeria is a republic, whose leadership respects democracy. Until we have elections not premised on fake population census and the threats of a violent few, Nigeria cannot claim to have embraced democracy. Until only the eligible vote for candidates who emerge through transparent elections at all levels of the democratic system counts, we cannot truthfully be said to be a democracy.

 

 

 

“Until the country is so reconfigured to clearly aspire to the highest standards economically and politically; that is, until Nigeria is restructured along the lines that our founding fathers agreed to, Nigeria cannot be seen as the united, stable democracy we like to fool ourselves that it is already.”

 

 

In his own line of thought, Prince Adeyemi Aseperi – Shonibare said June 12 is the godfather of the democracy everyone is enjoying now.

 

 

“June 12 also gave birth to many political Stars today. June 12 also removed the military permanently. June 12 gave birth to the longest democracy in the history of Nigeria.”

 

 

According Niran Adedokun, a senior journalist and social commentator, “I take June 12 to be the turning point in the Nigerian politics. For the fact that you had two Muslims on the ticket and Nigerians massively voted for them was an indication to me that Nigerians can actually be united. June 12 was a sacrifice for democracy and late MKO Abiola was the sacrificial lamb. Now, are the people, who are beneficiaries of the struggle living the reality of it? Can we truly say that many years after the struggle, Nigeria is progressing? I don’t think so because even those who claimed to have those progressive democratic credentials during the June 12 struggle are not living the truth of that declaration at the moment. We now have states where the judiciary and legislative are just appendages of the executive.

 

 

“All said and done, there is nothing as good as having a democracy. I’m hopeful that it can only get better and the people should also be alert to their responsibilities in demanding accountability from their leaders.

 

 

“It is not the responsibility of the Nigerian citizens to be supporting blindly even when they’re not doing what they’re supposed to do. If we continue to do that, democracy will not develop the way it should.”

 

 

With all these said, it is obvious that the goodwill of June 12 has not really reflected on the fate of the nation and with 28years down the line, what does the future hold for the average Nigerians, who fear that the struggles of the June 12 heroes are appearing to be in vain?

 

 

As we move forward as a nation, despite our many challenges, insecurity being major one, let us continue to take account of the need to truly make the dream of a truly democratic Nigeria by the late Chief MKO Abiola and several other actors, dead and alive, a reality.

 

 

Happy Democracy Day, Nigerians!

Victor Ojelabi 

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Pray For The Pope Against Covid…Goodluck Jonathan Will Rise Again -Prophet Alex Ugochukwu

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As the year has started to unfold, Prophet Alex Ugochukwu of the Immaculate Chapel Ministries aka Jesus The High Court Judge, Owerri, Imo State has asked Christians all over the world to pray for the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis against the dreaded pandemic, Coronavirus.

 

In his prophecy for 2021, Ugochukwu said; “Eight months from now, a leader of a church will die. Everyone should please pray that the Pope of the Catholic Church will not die. If it happens, it will be said he died of covid 19. We need to pray for him.”

 

 

Ugochukwu who prophesied about the recent invasion of the military in Orlu, Imo State said that the Lord told him that former President Jonathan Goodluck will again rise to fulfil destiny.

 

He said: “I saw many fishes around him, and those fishes signifies people. Very soon, Johnathan will rise for something about Nigeria and it will be something positive for Nigeria.”

 

Continuing, the man of God revealed that there are ongoing plans to thwart the 2023 election, but their plans according to him will fail. He said: “In 2023, God will raise a genuine president for this country Nigeria.”

 

Hear him on other prophecies: ““The Lord told me that October 2021 will be a strange month. Evil things will happen but I will save my children.

 

The Lord said that a bomb of judgement will drop and fall on all fake people living in Aso Rock and people will run helter-skelter.

 

There will be a clash, a kind of misunderstanding between three African nation’s this year.

 

Before middle of this year 2021, over 25 native doctors in the form of pastors will be disgraced this year

 

A governor who has been suffering his people will be disgraced and destroyed.

 

I saw an eagle spraying something like a gas in the air and covid 19 disappeared. Anyone that inhales it will be healed. Before April this year, covid 19 will be reduced.

 

I saw a very popular sport star dying wearing jersey number 9. If you turn 6 upside down it becomes 9, and they said he died of heart problem.”

 

 

Adding, the firebrand preacher further declared thus: “The Lord said that He will show Himself to the world between August and September 2022. I don’t mean the end of the world but He alone knows why and how He will show Himself.

 

Very soon, the Nigerian government will be running for help but no one will agree to help Nigeria.

 

Nigeria as a government will become more confused and disgraced from now. All the people I saw as Nigerians are confused, running in one room, hitting their heads on the wall from one wall of the room to another.

 

As I was praying and closed my eyes, I saw people running helter-skelter around warehouse roundabout at Orlu road Imo state. I saw the army running around warehouse and there were shootings and stray bullets killing people.

 

I even saw a Reverend father who got hit by stray bullets as he was trying to run away from his car. I saw a dark night in Imo state. There will be dead bodies. People will declare curfew for themselves, they won’t come out because of fear. This will happen before April.

 

I saw big men running out of the state and abandoning their cars.

 

Before October I saw many big men being killed by angry youths/mob

 

The Lord spoke to me again to tell the world again that they will conspire to probe President Joe Biden before two years from now. The conspiracy will not be true, it will be cooked.”

 

 

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The Quarrel Sunday Igboho Picks With Pastor Adeboye (2)

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SUNDAY IGBOHO

Last week, I noted the role of religious leaders in any nation. One more thing I add here is that respect is earned;  it’s neither automatic nor commanded as some glibly claim. So there’s a very thin line between earning respect and losing it where a religious leader is concerned.

 

The higher power he claims to represent is what essentially attracts reverence to a religious leader. In addition is the dignified and responsible manner he conducts himself. Once a religious leader abandons his job of calling mankind to the higher power, and publicly makes divisive comments like mere ethnic agitators do, he’s thrown away any aura of reverence he has.

 

For the simple reason that his divisive utterances can make Rwanda happen here many reasonable Nigerians won’t hesitate to engage him in a robust debate.

Now,  I come to the second segment of my intervention which I stated but didn’t touch last week. That is, calling Sunday Igboho’s attention  to a few things he might have missed and which made him to make the kind of comment he did about the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A. Adeboye.  Different forces are ever at play in any nation.

 

Those who agitate for one thing or the other are part of it. Such are relevant to the functioning of any democratic system. However, I put the following to Igboho. An agitator should have a focus. No organised agitator takes on all battles. It cannot help his cause that he takes on too many battles on too many fronts. For just as Igboho has missed the point that a religious leader leads people from different tribes, his comment also shows he misses the point that he may be alienating the Yoruba in Adeboye’s church, the same Yoruba he agitates for.

 

What use is it to Igboho when he alienates a segment of the people he needs in order to remain relevant in the cause he pursues?  He didn’t think that part through.

 

 

Also important for Igboho to note is that there’s a manner the Yoruba don’t talk.  We are a refined people. Any Yoruba person who talks recklessly obviously misses some fundamental training.  In fact, as I continue to relate with tribes other than mine, I see the difference in Yoruba polished sensibilities as well as the manner we talk. The other month, one Yoruba man was interviewed on TV.

 

Asked to comment on a statement made by someone, this interviewee responded that the Yoruba don’t talk that way. Igboho speaks about Adeboye in a manner no Yoruba person who’s from the area which the historian, Dr. O. Johnson, referred to as ‘Oyo Proper’ does.

 

 

Leaving out religion, no Yoruba person would look at the face of an elder who has never offended him and say what Igboho has said. More than that, I once told a friend what one person said sarcastically about yet another person who had some personal challenges. My friends   reacted: “Ah, when he too doesn’t know what can happen to him.”

 

I’m still wondering as to what spurred Igboho to say he wouldn’t  commiserate with Adeboye over the loss of his son. But it sounded to me like another comment that was not thought through before it was made.  In case some journalists lured Igboho into making comments that would sell their newspaper, I would only state that I hope Igboho would refrain from dabbling into issues that cannot help his cause.

 

Alright, Igboho wants Adeboye to act the way he does. But I had stated it on this page in the past that in any setting, militants, activists, street protesters, and religious leaders occupy different spheres.  In any case, just as we don’t all have the same personality traits, so also all religious leaders don’t have the disposition of a Rev. Martin Luther King. More so, Adeboye has once said that as far as he’s concerned, prayers achieve more than activism.

 

Furthermore,  do some agitators have the notion that certain changes in Nigeria happen just because of their activism? I imagine Adeboye has an answer to that as well.

 

 

Recently, this religious leader was saying his followers should never mind those who claim personal credit for the lower rate of COVID-19 infection in Nigeria. He told his followers that it happened because they prayed. This thus addresses the wrong notion many have that just one course of action brings about changes in any society. Many routes actually lead to a destination.

 

It’s the way it works.  Just as Rev. King was in the streets in the 1960s, I imagine that some other religious leaders in the US were on their knees praying for changes to happen. There were also African American lawyers who moved from one court to another to challenge injustice meted out to African-Americans.

 

 

I suspect, going by his past public comments, that Adeboye will  make the submission that while some religious leaders make divisive comments about Nigeria and its peoples, he prefers to pray. He might submit that as some religious leaders openly insult government that their Book says they should pray for, he uses his good offices to counsel members of the same government. As some religious leaders become activists, Adeboye might say he and his followers have been engaged in their own activism too, but of a different kind.

 

At least every Nigerian sees on TV how different groups and NGOs under his church help many poor people, how they establish institutions for skills acquisition among disadvantaged Nigerians, and how they establish state-of-the-art hospitals  across  Nigeria to help the helpless. This same religious leader, in his home state, paid for the construction of kilometers of road to his town and neighbouring towns.

 

 

The beneficiaries of this last item are Yoruba people, the same people Igboho says he’s fighting for.  So while he agitates by attending rallies, it’s obvious that Adeboye does his own agitation by filling the gaps which  the government has left, especially in the area of improving the socio-economic condition of our peoples. Different paths do lead to a market.

 

I imagine that as some religious leaders fight for only members of their tribe, Adeboye might say he doesn’t lose sight of the fact that he has people from every tribe as followers, so he cannot insult any tribe because of the criminality of a few.

 

I suppose he would add that the founder of his religion didn’t fight for tribe, so he’s following the example that the founder of his religion has set.  But if Igboho expects Adeboye to agitate for only the Yoruba, he’s not alone.

 

Many people who may not have a thorough understanding of what it means to claim to have a religion or be a religious leader say the same thing. As I implied last week, a religious leader is like a traditional ruler.

 

The traditional ruler belongs to everyone, irrespective of tribe or religion. Everyone trusts and seeks his protection. A religious leader shouldn’t be anything less than this in any community where he resides. But here’s Igboho who expects a man who presides over a congregation that includes all tribes and nations to begin to agitate for only one tribe.

 

It’s not surprising, some religious leaders have laid a wrong precedent in other places in Nigeria and  Igboho thinks Adeboye should be like them.

 

 

I submit here that I’m alarmed at how some who say they are religious leaders are sounding these days. I’m not alone. The immediate past Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Yusuf Bala Bantex, once watched videos of what some religious leaders were saying on pulpit about people of other tribes.

 

 

He’s so shocked that he issues a strong statement condemning such religious leaders, adding that this isn’t what his religion teaches.

 

 

For me, Igboho, with his comment on Adeboye,  has moved beyond the boundary he carves for himself into a  territory he shouldn’t have ventured into.  He’s an agitator, and he should focus on that. There’s one space for him, and there’s another space that true religious leaders fill.

 

As for religious leaders who focus on their calling, conducting themselves in such a manner that they remain unifying forces in our polarized communities and nation, they deserve the support and respect of all of us

– Concluded

 

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