Friday, December 21, 2018
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Continued from Part 10

The aim of a leader should be the welfare of the people whom he leads. I have used 'welfare' to denote the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the people (Chief Obafemi Awolowo)

Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes (Haggai 1:3-6)

hristmas season is supposed to be a feast period! It used to be a time to share the love. People usually share food, gifts, and love across. There used to be plenty to go round. But, now, it will be a grim Christmas for most Nigerians, especially for children, who will have no food, no new wears, and love during this Christmas. As Amy Carrol wrote, Christmas is really about love. The meaning was found in a baby who came to show God's immeasurable love for us.

Apostle John told us, in his Gospel, why Jesus came: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). Later, when he was old, John was compelled to write again to remind us: "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him" (1 John 4:9).

God sent his Son to bring a feast of His love. Nigerians are meant to be filled to overflowing with it, but often, we're starving instead. The Nigerian tables are empty - there is no food on the table for millions of Nigerians, who are already going to bed hungry during this yuletide season. People are no longer sharing food, gifts, and love, because they don't have them again - you can only give what you have; the mountains of nourishment which used to accompany the Christmas have disappeared, and now is deprivation everywhere; and our hearts which used to overflow with anticipation and joy, during this season, are now aching and hollow.

As I noted previously, Christmas is one of the best times of the year - the season is often associated with an image of love, peace, and happiness - one of the most exciting moments of the year, but not for so many Nigerians. Buhari and his government have taken the shine out of Christmas, as such, that so many Nigerians don't even know it's Christmas time now.

In Buhari's country, hunger is killing Nigerians; prices of foodstuff remain ever high beyond the reach of the masses. The rate of unemployment is at its highest; a lot of companies have folded up and retrenched their workers. State governments can't pay their civil servants. Many families are as forlorn and miserable as ever, and death is grinning in many faces, at every turn, this Christmas. Thank God that Nigerians will soon have the opportunity to exercise their votes.

If your Christmas now is worse than it was four years ago, you need to do something about it. Vote out this inept government in the 2019 presidential election, so that your next Christmas celebrations will be better.

Finally: No matter how hard it is, I implore all those who can to please share their food, gifts, and love with those who will be starving this Christmas and New Year periods because of the bad government we have in Nigeria. May God enrich you, the more, as you do this. And, no matter how little we have or will get, we should be thankful. I leave you with the words of Buddha (563 BC - 483 BC): "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful."


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Continued from Part 10