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Evangelist Isaac IvbazeMonday, December 16, 2013
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DEADLIEST PROBLEM IN NIGERIA (IDOL WORSHIPPING)
...A HINDRANCE TO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (PART 1)

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In the book of Exodus 20: 3-5 the lord said "Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."

he first among the commandment of God was that man must refrain from the worship of false gods which is idolatry and that any attempt by man to disregard such law would result in terrible consequences. In this commentary I am going to delve into the heart of the main cause of Nigeria problems.

Centuries ago our ancestors indulged themselves in the practice of Idolatry involving human and animal sacrifices to appease their gods (devil) thinking that in so doing, they would bring peace and prosperity to the land. They lived in communities organized in form of villages and clans and they were subject to autocratic monarchical government controlled by kings and queens. They established districts and appointed Chiefs as overseers. Each community or clan had a judicial system established in form of Shrines and the judges were witch doctors. Of course the witch doctors served as direct representatives or intermediaries between the gods (devil) and the kings and their subjects. The witch doctors were given powers to kill, cast spells, performed magic, and to invoke spirits, which they commonly referred to as deities. Every home was littered with idols and sacrifices were proliferated in homes and public places.

The people began to unleash wickedness on themselves by means of magical powers through occultism, voodoos, and witchcraft. As they scramble for protection they began to possess magical powers, and started to initiate their sons and daughters into witchcraft. The fallen angels took positions in various communities across the empires and myriads of idols like Ogun, Osun, Oromila, Esango, Ovia, Olokun, Amahanma, Ifa and millions of others representing different demonic entities were established. The people were possessed by the spirits of greed, stealing, self-destruction, hate, failure, and backwardness. Oblivious of their ignorance, they had established a dangerous covenant with the kingdom of darkness and history would reveal the monumental damage that, that would cause to their generation yet unborn. A spirit of wickedness was released to the people and they became their own enemies.

They engaged in the most unthinkable act of inhumanity ever recorded. Historic records revealed that the kings had no value for their subjects as they widely opened the door to infiltrators to capture their subjects who were dehumanized and sold for slavery in other parts of the world. They fought against progress, advancement, and anyone who tried to invoke the spirit of light "Jehovah" the true God was vehemently resisted. History has shown with track records that wherever or whenever progress was recorded in families or communities, the spirit of backwardness and hate would rise up to kill it. They connived with their enemies to destroy their own land and rendered their people useless. Everything they did or practiced in the kingdoms and communities were completely in opposition to the God of Light, Jehovah. Consequent upon this, they invoked curses upon their land, cattle, flocks, sons and daughters and upon their generation yet unborn.

The book of Deuteronomy 28:14 the lord said "And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and over take thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body and the fruit of thy hand, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep". There is no doubt that Nigeria is suffering from the symptoms of a cursed nation. Evidence has shown from all indications that Nigerians are reaping the fruit that had been sown by their ancestors. Historical evidence and the trend of current situation are enough to validate that Nigeria is in fact going through a curse. It is most unfortunate that today even with the full knowledge of Christianity; Nigerians are still following the part of their ancestors in the practice of voodoo, and idol worshipping. At different times of the year ceremonies are held in various communities in the country celebrating idols.

There is a new dimension of voodoo practices in Nigeria, which is as deadly and heinous as the one practiced by the ancestors. This is a form of voodoo practice that requires a deal with the devil to get rich quick and in most cases must involve the sacrifice of human lives. Cases of missing family members and friends are reported daily at police precincts across the country. These are victims hypnotized in public places and taken to shrines where they are slaughtered for desperate Nigerians in search of riches, long life, power, and fame. I recently read news in one of the news papers in Nigeria about a shrine located in a far away forest in Edo state where a significant number of individuals are sacrificed daily. When Goodluck Jonathan was campaigning for the position of presidency, the association of Witches and Wizards in Nigeria publicly endorsed him, and it was as if the devil himself had registered his mandate for his ruler ship. Nigeria is the richest country in Africa and one of the richest nations in the world. History has documented that since 1960 Nigeria has received at least 400 billion dollars from foreign aid more than the amount US had given for the reconstruction of Western Europe after the Second World War.

It was also discovered that from 2009 to 2011, the Nigerian government had lost 136milliom barrels of oil worth 10.9 billion dollars to criminals and fraudulent Nigerian leaders. There are cases of stolen billions of naira by politicians that has not been accounted for. Recently the Senate ad-hoc Committee on Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program, announced that 500billion naira (50 billion dollars) realized from the subsidy program of the Federal Government is missing. In spite of the enormous riches in human and abundant natural resources, the standard of living in Nigeria is ranked among the lowest in the world. In 2012 the United Nations Development program (UNDP) conducted a survey on human development index. Out of 187 countries, Nigeria was ranked 153. http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/hdr/human-development-report-2013. In this 21st century Nigeria still does not have stable electricity. Day and night, generators are heard whistling from houses and business premises sending deadly carbon dioxide into the air. Unemployment is rising dangerously causing damages to lives and properties. Nigeria universities and higher institutions are producing graduates in geometric rate and yet no effort is made to provide employment for these young graduates. This has resulted to crime of unimaginable dimension placing Nigeria as one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

The level of corruption in Nigeria has become an embarrassment to black race. Because of that, Nigerians are treated with humiliation and disdain everywhere in the world. In the eyes of other nationalities almost all Nigerians are criminalized. Nigerians who were once held in high esteem by other nations are now treated as nuisance and criminals. Politicians are wreaking havoc on the economy with impunity. Education in Nigeria is rendered useless. Our universities and higher institutions lack the basic amenities, lab and research facilities needed to prepare the students for national development. Nigeria is the only country in the world where universities are shut down for months and students are sent home because of the government refusal to live up to their responsibility in providing adequate and necessary tools, equipment, and infrastructures needed for the students to function effectively in their respective areas of academic discipline.

Nigerians have resulted to sending their children to neighboring African countries for education purposes. While Nigerian Universities are closed for lack of funds to run the institutions, the minister of Aviation was reported to have purchased 225 million naira bulletproof cars and 50billion dollars is currently unaccounted for by the federal government. The future of any nation depends on how well her education is organized. Education is knowledge and when that knowledge is restrained, ignorance prevails and where there is ignorance the people will suffer in penury. As other nations are busy investing heavily on research and education, Nigeria's education system is crumbling into oblivion. The spirits of hate, greed, backwardness, selfishness, and wickedness inherited from idol worshiping have taken over Nigerians. Hunger, poverty, and desperation, coupled with pressure from families and friends have turned Nigeria into a collective league of criminal organization.

The level of lawlessness is unspeakable. The other day I watched a documentary of the condition of the Nigeria police college in Lagos. What I saw on that documentary cannot be explained in this commentary. As I gazed at the most despicable, obscured, and terrible condition ever imagined, I did not realize that tears had already started running down my cheek, until one of my sons tapped me and said "Daddy are you crying?" I immediately stopped the program to regain my composure before continuing. It is unimaginable. I recommend everyone to watch it by clicking on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKkywuKKBc4. Nigeria has become an embarrassment to black race all over the world. Nigerians are the most educated, intelligent, and smartest people in the continent of Africa. Nigerians in diaspora have exemplified themselves in science and technology and of course in all fields of academic disposition yet in all of these, there is absolutely nothing to show for it in their own land. Very much like their ancestors, Nigerians have become their own enemies. They connive with foreign criminals to illegally extract their resources and desecrate their land with industrial waste.

In 2007, Baba Ahmed a retired permanent secretary with the ministry of foreign affairs met with Nelson Mandela. In that meeting, Mandela in his own word registered his disappointment over the rottenness in the government of Nigeria. He said "Your leaders have no respect for their people. They believe that their personal interests are the interests of the people. They take people's resources and turn it into personal wealth. There is a level of poverty in Nigeria that should be unacceptable. I cannot understand why Nigerians are not more angry than they are". The judiciary is porous and the rule of law is of non-effect. Those spirits of hate, and wickedness inherited from idol worshipping are wreaking havoc in Nigeria. They have hardened the hearts of Nigerians to the extent that no one has any spiritual, emotional or moral connection to that nation. Nigeria is currently under siege as politicians continue to squander the nation's resources with absolute recklessness. Armed robbers, kidnappers, ritualist, and those who have wrecked the country have become the most highly respected individuals in the society. Interstate highways are broken down causing numerous fatal accidents on regular basis. Poverty rate has risen to 80 percent. Many Nigerians and their children in Diaspora have abandoned their homeland for lack of infrastructures and security reasons.

There is absolutely no value for life in Nigeria. Islamic criminals called boko haram, kidnapers and ritualist are laying ambush on innocent Nigerians on a daily basis. Those who escape the sneers of agents of darkness in the cities would have to battle spiritual attack from family idols and witchcraft in their villages. Those who plan to escape to other countries are no longer allowed or welcome by various countries around the world because of Nigeria's bad reputation. The so-called elder statesmen have nothing to show for it. They lead the nation with futility, lies, deception, and greed. One may argue that after all Nigeria is not the only country in the world that worships idols. That is absolutely correct, but the intensity at which Nigerians engage in voodoo practices is in no doubt a matter of urgent attention.

However, all other countries in Africa are guilty of the same offence but they are not spared either. It is obvious that poverty rate in Africa has risen to astronomical rate. An earlier UN report in 2007 predicted that in little more than a year from now, in the year 2015, nearly a third of the worlds impoverished will be black Africans. www.vanguardngr.com/2013/10/nigeria-underperformer-dangerous-mix-corruption-poverty-walter-carrington. It is abundantly clear that the main cause of Nigeria problem is the worship of false gods. The only solution to these problems is genuine repentance and total surrender to Christ, God almighty. Though Idol worshipping has caused a monumental damage in Nigeria, I still believe there is hope. It is never too late. There must be programs geared towards educating people about the danger of idol worshipping in the country. 2 chronicles 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray , and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land"

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