(Text of my recent Broadcast on some Nigeria Radio Stations)
t is my strong believe that it is not over for the fortunes of Nigeria to be restored. No. It is not.
It is not late for poverty to be eradicated.
It is not late for Nigeria cities to become as beautiful as London, Paris, Washington DC, Dubai etc.
It is not late for us to be reckoned with, among the comity of nations.
It is not late that we gain back our respect.
It is not late that we who have up to now been looked at with scorn everywhere we go, start to being admired.
So the topic of my sermon today is "It is not Late"
Let us pray.
My faith is reinforced that the fortune of Nigeria can be restored when I remember that we were once on the path of prosperity during the time when the British governed us and for sometimes after independence.
All we just need to do then, is to examine the things we used to do when we were on the path of prosperity but which we have jettisoned over the years and return to them.
The LORD asks in Jer. 8: 4-6:
"'When people fall down, don't they get up again?
When they discover they're on the wrong road, don't they turn back?
5 Then why do these people stay on their self-destructive path?
And in Jer. 6 :16, He says:
"Stop at the crossroads and look around.
Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.
Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls
God in His wisdom before He created us had made available all we need for our comfort and happy existence. He had not created us to suffer. In fact He favoured us in Africa much more than all other continents. In fact we can say that Africa is the abode of God.
Why then do the majority of African citizens suffer and live in abject poverty?
We are suffering and living in poverty because we turned our back on the pattern laid by God for our comfort and prosperity, which in turn could have provided us with an environment, whereby we can live a godly life and, which in turn will ensure us a place with Him in heaven at the end of our sojourn on earth.
God at no time intends His creation to go to hell. So He made available all that man needs in order to make him live a godly life; a life, which will be acceptable to Him, which will make us to live with Him in heaven after the earthly life.
It is however unfortunate, really unfortunate that the majority of us do not know our purpose on earth, otherwise we would have lived our life differently.
We are on a journey here on earth. Heaven is our home. While on earth, we go on several journeys and when we do, all which preoccupies our mind is the preparation to return home. So in the same way, we must, every minute prepare for our return to our permanent home, which can be heaven with God, where there is peace and unending joy or hell with Satan, where there is regret and pain.
And what are God's plans for our wellbeing, which will enable us to live a quiet, godly life?
I am preaching on the topic "It is not late for the restoration of fortune of Nigeria
God has built the prosperity of the individual fellow on the prosperity of the nation. Therefore the prosperity of our nation is what should be our goal because the prosperity of the nation determines our individual prosperity. God wants us to live in love with one another.
Look around all the nations where their citizens have a fairly good life; which attracts people from poverty stricken world, one thing that is obvious and palpable is that no individual citizen prosper above his nation.
Those nations continually strive to make their nations get stronger and stronger. And the stronger the nation becomes, so prosperous the citizens become.
But in Nigeria only a few people consider the nation. Each person is concerned about himself to the detriment of the nation. Only a few consider the building of the nation. So we have many individuals who are a lot richer than the nation itself and the sad thing is that it is the nation's wealth, which they convert to their personal wealth, thereby decimating the rest of the populace.
In the countries where their citizens live in comfort, no individual converts the public money to his private account and that is the reason why anyone who enters their countries legally, finds gainful employment almost immediately and start to prosper.
The wealth of the nation is distributed in a way that no one is left in discomfort. There is therefore no need for anyone to hang on any big man or play sycophancy to any politician or worship him in order to survive because jobs are available.
I do not understand the joy or the self-importance there is, in me having a crowd of people parading my house endlessly seeking for one help or the other.
If it is money acquired with my sweat, it may be understandable but if it is public money, it is deplorable.
Bill Gate is the second richest man in the world. He acquires his wealth with his sweat, but then no one parades his house? Yet millions of people all over the world benefit from his wealth, without knowing who their benefactor is, even.
Certainly, many of our big men in Nigeria must have their heads examined at Aro.
In the developed world, what the government does is to map out various programs for the welfare of the people and no one ever needs to hang around the court yard of any politician to survive.
Why can we not practice our democracy exactly as it is done from the country where we adapted it?
We are a lot wicked in Nigeria. One Politician will collect a big sum of money in the name of his constituency and start to share it among his party members and to whoever else he wants. Must those who are not members of his party and those not interested in politics die of hunger?
How can someone act a philanthropist with the commonwealth? It is duping, it is swindling. In a previous article, I asked whether we are back to the years of feudalism.
What the sensible governments of the world are practicing is what I define as "Collective Prosperity", which actually originates from God but which they may not even be aware of. This is the kind of government we inherited from the British Colonial Masters and which the fathers who took over the reign of the government practiced until thieves took over. And this is what informs my believe that it is not late for the poverty in our land to end, so long we all decide by the enabling power of God to return to the original way, which prospered us.
I have in the past preached some sermons, which I titled "God's Plans for the Welfare of Man" I quoted severally, from the scripture the guide lines, given by God about how we all can fare well.
The development of the nation is the key to individual prosperity.
But do we not have all it takes to develop our nation, which should make everyone to prosper? Yes we do. But those who are in the position to do will not just do it. Rather, they convert the money budgeted to develop the nation to their private pockets. Unfortunately, rather than we citizens to demand for our wealth, it pleases us to worship them.
Hear what a one time king in Israel, David, said "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. 7 O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces. 8 This I ask for the sake of all my brothers and my friends who live here" (Psalm 122: 6-9)
He said further at another time "If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill upon the harp. If I fail to love her more than my highest joy, let me never sing again" (Psalm 137: 5-6).
After king Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem in 597 BC and he took the Jews as slaves to his country in Babylon, Prophet Jeremiah received a word from God to the Jews in exile. He wrote them "The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, sends this message to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem--------- work for the peace and prosperity of Babylon. Pray for her, for if Babylon has peace, so will you (Jeremiah 29: 4-7).
I ask "How many of us work for the peace and prosperity and progress of Nigeria?" I know many worship houses do. But outside the houses of worship, all, which they do in their different places of work and businesses are things that shipwreck the country.
How many of us work for the economic progress of Nigeria? Rather than do, most of us tear it down for our selfish purposes. Only a few work for the nation's economic stability.