Friday, January 25, 2019
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Lagos, Nigeria

Continued from Part 2

have been describing in the last two sermons, what Nigeria was like during the Colonial era and few years after when visible developments were steadily in progress; vis--vis robust education, health, road construction, railway system, availability of job for anyone, whatever the level of certification.

Today, I will continue with the story of Nigeria once upon a time.

Let us pray

In the time past, no one went to the hospital and was given a bill. Citizens paid no dime for any services, including surgery. Medication was free. Prescription was taken to the hospital pharmacy and given free of charge. In cases where a particular medication is not available, the pharmacy itself would go and buy it from wherever and gave the patient what time to return to collect it.

Citizens that were hospitalized, only did not pay for bed but ate on daily basis: three meals, free of charge. Yet there was no oil revenue, compare with today when there so much income from oil.

The Government hospitals and ministries and Schools provided jobs for all categories of workers, e.g cleaners, grass cutters, painters, carpenters, bricklayers, plumbers, cooks and other kitchen staff. Yet, without oil money. Consider the number of people who were thereby put to work, providing them and their different families, daily meals.

With these, all the public institutions were maintained and kept neat. Now with plenty of money from oil, they have been laid off. How will there not be hunger in the country and the reason why many public institutions are dirty and stink.

Not too long a time ago, I met a Director in a certain Ministry, personally sweeping her office. What a shame.

I am preaching on the topic "Once Upon a time in Nigeria"

The old Railway Corporation provided all kinds of jobs for citizens.

Uncountable numbers of students of my time were educated by parents who work for the Corporation.

All these have been made history by the self serving, wicked and greedy trailer vehicle business people who crumbled the railway system in order to promote the use of trailer vehicles for transportation of goods throughout the country.

I do not forget the flourishing business, which took place every pay day of the Railway workers. It was called in Yoruba "Oja 'gbowo" Traders brought their wares from neighbouring towns to venues close to the railway stations and staff quarters. Citizens from towns and villages close by, wait eagerly for those market days.

The Railway stations were socializing meeting points for students on holidays, particularly trains that passed at evening times. It provided recreation and relaxing time as we were able to meet one another while awaiting the trains.

I believe that if Nigeria must catch up with the rest of the world, there must be a code of conduct for all Political Parties and Politicians, which will forbid them from inducing electorate with cash, or any other materials. Non conformity must attract prison term as it is the case in the civilized world.

Salaries and emoluments of Politicians of the past were modest. House of Assembly members in the old Northern region took 60 pounds a month, which was the entrance salary of fresh University graduates in the country unlike today where our Parliamentarians salaries are shrouded in secrecy. They have refused to disclose their earnings because of its hugeness. It is alleged that they are the highest paid legislators in the whole world including America, the richest country in the world. Upon these, they still allocate to themselves what they call 'Constituency allowance' which runs into millions of Naira every year. So what money is left for the government to do anything, which can benefit the citizens?

As for me, I would prefer that we do away with the present set of Politicians, who have been on the stage for so long. They may be defecting from one party to the other but it has never been in the interest of the nation but themselves. They only regroup to where there will be better opportunities to amass more wealth. That is all.

I will be in support of youths to take over the reign of the government but they do not have the money to outwit the old ones who have eaten the country dry. My worry however is that they have not had the opportunity to witness godliness in their lives. All they have been exposed to, all their lives is fraudulent practices. All they have witnessed are people who have made it through fraud and cheat. And so they are very daring in all their transactions. A transaction with them will reveal how daring they are. They have no consideration for anyone but themselves. Their taste for high life cannot be quantified and they are in a hurry to acquire all things.

This is why I am appealing to all the people who have tasted and witnessed what a responsible, good government was in the past, to summon courage and gather themselves together from wherever they are all over the world to work out a strategy of how to reclaim our country.

The Solution to the myriads of Nigeria problems is for everyone to develop love for righteousness and love for the prosperity of the nation. That was the magic for the progress of the nation at the beginning and why everyone was happy.

In the first part of this sermon, I said that God has built the prosperity of the individual fellow within 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.

Except we understand this fact and strive to work towards it, we shall remain in trouble.

In the part one of this sermon, I regretted that meanwhile in Nigeria only a few people consider the nation. Most people are concerned about themselves 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.

To be continued.

Continued from Part 2