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Evangelist Isaac IvbazeTuesday, January 14, 2014
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DEADLIEST PROBLEM IN NIGERIA (IDOL WORSHIPPING)
...A HINDRANCE TO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CONCLUSION)

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e obviously do not need any prophet to tell us that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of time bomb if the trends of things we see at the moment continue in this direction. "Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." Frederick Douglass. A time is fast approaching when those who actually have money would wish they had none in Nigeria. Their lives and properties would be in absolute danger. In my last commentary, I did mention that the worship of idols and voodoo practices in Nigeria is directly responsible for the crumbling situation in the country. It is of paramount importance to address these problems from a spiritual point of view rather than physical.

The scripture has made us to understand that anyone who is indulged in such practices is an abomination unto the lord. In the book of Deuteronomy 18:10-12 the lord said, 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the lord: and because of these abominations the lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. It is extremely dangerous to engage in any act that constitutes an honor or service to the kingdom of darkness. Sometime ago, I read a story of a renown native doctor in the south east of the country who confessed that he had been patronized and visited by many government officials in Nigeria and the reason was that they needed to obtain powers, Charms and some spiritual fortification.

In retrospect, I would like to take a brief closer look at before, during and after the colonial era and I believe that, at the end, the distinction would help to establish as to whether Nigeria is actually under a curse or not. What was the state of affairs of the nation before and during the colonial period? In what condition did the colonial masters hand the affairs of the nation to the indigenous people? Before the arrival of Frederick Lugard in 1900, both the north and southern part of Nigeria were ruled by Emirs, Obas, Obis, igwes and chiefs. The people were barbaric, primitive, fierce, animist, and Idol worshippers. Their quality of life was extremely poor. They were far from civilization and modern industrialization. It is extremely important to note that when the colonial masters arrived and took over the affairs, the standard of living improved tremendously. Though Nigeria had not yet explored majority of her natural resources at the time, the protectorates or the nation was dependent on taxation from liquor and later from the export of agricultural products like cocoa, rubber, palm oil, and groundnut.

With these few limited resources, the colonial masters were able to generate revenues that transformed the sons and daughters of these primitive people into well educated, civilized and constructive thinkers by providing them with equal and qualitative western education. The cities were reconstructed and set for industrialization. Local raw materials were processed and exported. There was equitable distribution of wealth to a large extent. Health care centers were established in rural areas to provide healthcare services for the indigenous people. Electricity and pipe burn water were also provided and the cities were flooded with stable infrastructures. Unemployment was reduced to the barest minimum and it was rarely talked about. Those who were interested in working with the administration were provided employment with minimum effort.

They were also able to amalgamate the three complex major tribes into a one unified body without any conflict of interest. As Nigerians clamor for self-rule, the colonial masters began to vacate their seats living the affairs of the nation for the indigenous people to handle. But long before the independence was granted to the colony, the following observation and comment was made by Frederick Lugard about Africans and their personality traits in 1926.

"In character and temperament, the typical African of this race-type is a happy, thriftless, excitable person. Lacking in self control, discipline, and foresight. Naturally courageous, and naturally courteous and polite, full of personal vanity, with little sense of veracity, fond of music and loving weapons as an oriental loves jewellery. His thoughts are concentrated on the events and feelings of the moment, and he suffers little from the apprehension for the future or grief for the past. His mind is far nearer to the animal world than that of the European or Asiatic, and exhibits something of the animals' placidity and want of desire to rise beyond the State he has reached. Through the ages the African appears to have evolved no organized religious creed, and though some tribes appear to believe in a deity, the religious sense seldom rises above pantheistic animalism and seems more often to take the form of a vague dread of the supernatural"

"He lacks the power of organization, and is conspicuously deficient in the management and control alike of men or business. He loves the display of power, but fails to realize its responsibility; he will work hard with a less incentive than most races. He has the courage of the fighting animal, an instinct rather than a moral virtue, In brief, the virtues and defects of this race-type are those of attractive children, whose confidence when it is won is given ungrudgingly as to an older and wiser superior and without envy, Perhaps the two traits which have impressed me as those most characteristic of the African native are his lack of apprehension and his lack of ability to visualize the future."--Lord Frederick John Dealty Lugard, The Dual Mandate, pg.70 (1926)

Frederick Lugard had watched meticulously the general behavior of the indigenous people in Nigeria and the rest part of British colonies in Africa. He observed a people who live for the moment without consideration for the future, lack of self-control, morally deficient, lack objectivity, display of power without vision, inability to organize themselves, inability to compete with other races, animalistic in character and behaviors, a people who practice vague and dreaded religion. Was Frederick Lugard right? If one would be honest without any sentiment, the answer would certainly be yes. The gradual deterioration of the nation since the independence and the current state of economic disaster has proven to validate the statement of Frederick Lugard. After 88 years of his observation, he has proven himself right because among the seven continents of the world, Africa still remains the poorest and the most backward.

Before the independence, Nigerians were trained, through a system of indirect rule which was adopted by the colonial masters. They were educated and taught to understand the basic economic principles as it relates to governance. Some who were trained in England later returned home to organize campaigns and political parties. In 1960 Nigeria was finally granted independence and Tafawa Balewa became the first prime minister. The nation was booming as more rich natural resources were discovered. With the discovery of tin, gold, and petroleum products in the late 1950s, Nigeria became the focus point for industrialization by other western nations. Her economic potential was enormous. Nigeria was predicted to become one of the world's economic giants.

All Africans were proud of this nation. Nigeria became a host country for all other Africans who were in search of green pastures. The local currency was British pound sterling and it was the strongest currency in the world. There was no reason for Nigerians to travel out to live in other countries except for bureaucratic or education purposes. But Sooner or later, all these accomplishments will be short lived. In 1966, after six years of independence, the government of Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa was toppled by military juntas headed by major uzegwu. Uzegwu did not only over- throw a well-organized democratically elected government, he slaughtered prominent Nigerians in the process. The reason was that the politicians were corrupt and so they did not deserve to rule. Uzegwu was completely wrong. Though there may have been corruption among some political elites, there was no tangible evidence to prove that politicians had embarked on corrupt practices at the time. The devil was in charge and he had established a long term master plan to derail the progress of the nation. In the next three years following the coup, Nigeria would witness a terrified civil war which will eventually claim the lives of millions of Nigerians and set the nation backward. From that point Nigeria would not be the same again.

Corruption Incorporated was established by the military government and the spirit of greed, selfishness, wickedness, backwardness, stealing, and hate once again took over the affairs of the nation. Following the fall of the first republic, Nigeria will begin a process of retrogressive transformation. Everything the colonial government had built in the colony for years began to fall apart. Roads were beginning to deteriorate. Electricity was gradually disintegrating and education system was declining fast. Health care system was disorganized and health centers that were established in rural areas were closed. Pipe burn water was no longer in constant supply. To everyone's greatest surprise Nigerian leaders began to amass wealth uncontrollably through the embezzlement of public funds and it will not be long when other sectors of the economy will collaborate in their effort to wreck the nation. Today, after 54years of independence, Nigeria has become a thing of mockery. The nation is finished, riddled with corruption, ethnic and religious violence, poverty, hunger, disease, fear, and insecurity.

A culture of corruption was established and it became a way of life for the people. It has become endemic and cankerworm strangulating the nation and plunging the citizens into unimaginable state of poverty and mental insanity. In spite of the country's abundant resources, Nigeria has been rated one of the poorest nations in the world by the UN human development index. The standard of living in the nation is unbearable and hardship is intensifying at every passing day. Nigeria women are seen on the streets of major cities in Europe and Africa prostituting. Bones and Carcasses of Nigeria young men are found on African Sahara desert in a bid to escape to Europe. Nigerians are fleeing to take refuge in different parts of the world. Nigerians are now seen everywhere even in the smallest country in Africa wondering the street in search of livelihood. African nations who once looked at Nigeria as the pride and giant of Africa have now developed perpetual hatred for Nigerians. They look at Nigerians as an unusually collective people with certain characteristics full of self-destructive and hateful tendencies. Nigeria has become an embarrassment to all black races. In spite of the world effort to discourage corruption in Nigeria, it still appears to be thriving and booming more than ever before.

The younger generation is left with no hope for the future. Even more surprising, Nigerian leaders would prove to the world that they had nothing to do with human development, advancement, and progress as they travel into various countries in the world to acquire personal properties and deposit monies stolen from their land. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has put the estimated amount of looted funds from the Nigerian treasury at $600 billion between independence and 1999 and in 2003 it was reported that from 1999 to 2003 the stolen monies stashed in foreign account increased to170 billion dollars http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-600bn-stolen-by-nigerian-elite-since-independence/150863/. As more and more rich natural resources are been discovered, these former imperialist will be invited by the Nigerian leaders to come and take part on economic genocide and exploitation against their own people and they would not hesitate to honor the invitations. The imperialist would return, this time it is not to build but to help in the looting of their natural resources, and desecrating the land with industrial waste. Today the nation has been rendered into mere name without a substance. The nation is under siege.

The struggle for powers in Nigeria and power tussles among military personnel and politicians have not produced any quality of life or democratic dividend for the people, rather it has plunged the nation into a state of anarchy and deplorable condition. Therefore it is abundantly clear that Nigerian leaders are not working in the interest of the masses.

The only accomplishment that can be associated with Nigerian leaders is the promotion of fraud, embezzlement of public funds, political assassinations, insecurity, and economic ruins. In view of all the historic trends of events during and after the colonial period, one would agree with me that the worship of idols, voodoos and witchcraft in Nigeria has brought a curse upon the nation. Right now, Nigeria is boiling and there is fire on the mountain. The nation is taken over by forces of darkness. Wickedness has thrown the nation into complete darkness and there is no more sleep because politicians have murdered sleep. Nigerians must understand that the forces of darkness are in play here and unless the nation is savaged from the kingdom of Satan, the worse is yet to come.

I remembered in 1976 when Murtala Ramat Mohammed took over government from General Yakubu Gowon, the first focus of his administration was to outlaw all secret societies. He did it and all the buildings belonging to Harikrishnas, Ogbonis, and other occult groups were decimated and the members were asked to renounce their membership or be dismissed from public offices. Six months later he was assassinated but then he had already accomplished a name that will go down the history as the best leader the Nation has ever produced. Effort must be made to discourage all Nigerians from the worship of idols and voodoo practices irrespective of ethnic, tribal, and religious affiliations. When the foundation of a nation is built on idol and voodoo practices, the people must be ready to face some devastating consequences. In the book of Ezekiel 13: 18 - 22 and say, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own? 19 You have profaned me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have spared those who should not live. 20 " 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds. 21 I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power. Then you will know that I am the LORD. 22 Because you disheartened the righteous with your lies, when I had brought them no grief, and because you encouraged the wicked not to turn from their evil ways and so save their lives. It is not too late. The God of creation, Jehovah is a compassionate God. Everyone must be united in prayer and fasting against the forces of darkness that has beclouded the nation for decades. If that happens, the sovereign lord will come with his judgment upon those that have desecrated the land and Nigeria will once again be free. Psalm 34:18, The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

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