By my countrymen or women, I mean those whose bottoms have fallen out of their worlds as a result of the excruciating unpleasant realities of today in our once beloved country, Nigeria. These ones are the down-trodden, the “have nots”, the graduants doing menial jobs, those ones who perhaps don’t have any idea yet where the next meal will come from, those who cannot afford to pay their children’s school fees or those who still cannot afford to pay their house rents and also painfully those who have no jobs at the moment and it seems their world have come to a standstill. However, I guess by now you know the category of people I am referring to here.
There is so much suffrage across the length and breadth of this country. Nothing seem to be working. We are rapidly retrogressing by the day, to where, I do not know. Businesses are folding up exponentially and retrenchment is on the high. Apart from those at the corridors of power, be it Federal, State or at the Local Government levels, the rest of us who are unfortunately in the majority are walking through the desert of disillusionment, abandonment, fear, uncertainty, frustration and also the thought at starting all over again.
Meanwhile, time waits for no one. We are aging thus getting older and gradually approaching our exit from mother-earth. When will the narrative begin to change? Or will the status quo remain so for a long time to come?
These questions and many more agitate my mind daily as I ponder retrospectively my growing up days in the 60s and 70s. We had everything on a platter of gold. Even the incidences of robbery, banditry, cultism were at their lowest ebb. Ethnicity, tribalism, Religious bigotry were also nonexistent.
We mingled freely in whatever part of the country you choose to reside in. In the mid 70s, I attended Government College, Ughelli, in Delta State. Between man and God, I didn’t know the tribes of my fellow classmates throughout the duration of my education at GCU. That was the life then! However, we cannot indulge in reminiscences, so therefore, what is the way forward? Leadership at every level of governance has always been problematic for us all.
The present Leadership of President Mohammadu Buhari at the Federal level must initiate reformatory agenda which should be followed by subsequent governments. The Buhari/ Osinbajo regime has history to make on their side being the number one and two citizens of the country. They should as a matter of priority consider seriously the criticisms of everybody and seek opinions always from the National Council of State in order for them to get some silent ideas from those who have been in the saddle of governance at the highest levels.
They should not imbibe in the notion of “I know it all syndrome”. The effect of governance is unfortunately not getting to the common man. In as much as the government is doing its best by introducing trada moni and other initiatives towards this direction, yet a vast majority of the people are still strapped in extreme poverty and deprivation.
As it is presently now, there is only one way to go. You can lean on God even in the most difficult of times, that is to say even in the midst of trials, difficulties and opposition, God empowers us to walk with strength and faith in Christ. My dear country man or woman, the economy of Heaven is not dependent on the exchange rate of the naira or dollar or pound sterling. There is more than enough for the righteous. It is inexhaustible and more over non judgemental. Once you key into it, you will get your daily supply. In Psalm 68:19 the bibe tells us that “Blessed be the Lord who daily loaded us with benefits, even the God of our salvation”.
Simply put, there is an allocation from heaven for you every day. You have supernatural supply and so please walk in abundance. There is an overflow of favour and abundance for you, take possession of it and you will never be poor. For it is biblical that “He will supply all your needs and goodliness according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Amen!.
The ability to be strong during the time of crisis comes from the Almighty God. It takes a lot of courage to grow up and be who you really are. Despite the tough times and the frustration occasioned by the harsh economic climate, try as much possible not to wear a glomy countenance because when we put our trust and hope on God, know that the spirit of God does more for and with us in an atmosphere of joy and happiness because Satan would have a field day in the lives and environment of people who are moody and sad. Also know that, demons attach themselves to people to make them restless, confused, sad and depressed. Please my dear fellow brothers and sisters, allow the joy of the Lord well up in your hearts.
In conclusion, always remember Proverbs 17:22 which says that “A Cheerful heart is a good medicine but a broken Spirit dries up the bones”. I OWE MUCH, I HAVE NOTHING, THE REST I LEAVE FOR THE POOR!.
By Kenny Okotie
Founder/Chairman Abadingo Abadango Foundation!.
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