Recycling: Waste To Wealth!

Life is made easy, all of those articles in the house that used to constitute a menace are no longer an issue. Now, they have been properly harnessed so that instead of thrashing them and litter the environment, send them back to be recycled, a money making venture.

You don’t have to throw away any of those plastics, polythene bag, those used phones, laptops, and other appliances. They can be recycled.

Here is where technology out smarts itself, Africa has been the grounds where developed nation send in their waste products for dumping. The saddest thing with this venture is that it leaves our lands completely littered with dirt. Some of those waste products we accept from outside, we do not have the technology to know whether some of those products contain radiation that is harmful to human life but we just receive them without questioning or verifying the safety of shipping such products into the continent.

Apart from the health hazards involved in bringing these products in, we spend our hard earned money to acquire such from developed nations not minding that some of these items have effects of radiation, which harmful to life.

Nowadays, it is with relief that some African nations have found a breakthrough in the area of recycling used plastic and other articles, and that has reduced the dirt that used to litter our homes and streets in recent times.

Many developed nations like China have over the time found an avenue in ripping us of our money by producing dangerous products and sending them down to us because they’re very much aware that African will not question anything at all. Africans quest for used products from other nations is that to say that Africa is not interested in having the best of products, they rather buy already used products? The questions is, from where those used products are coning; what was the problem with them before the owner or owners decided to disposed or sell them to Africans? Does it mean that our continent cannot aspire to advance by engaging in the production of our own goods, or that our technology and innovations are so obsolete that we feel intimidated to display it for the world to benefit from?

After they had so used those products and are sure to want to throw them away, then, they send them down to Africa to be dumped therein.

Some people of those goods come down here incapacitated not functioning right, but we have purchased then already, how would we return them back to those countries where they were shipped from.

African leaders need to sit themselves down and begin to do an evaluation of ourselves; what are we worth? For if you don’t place value on yourself, no one is going to place value on you. If you think Africans are worth owning good things, beautiful things, then, you begin to make your presence known and felt everywhere around you.

Yesterday, December 11, 2018, 01:35 pulse.ng published an article they titled it: “Tech 14 things you didn’t know were recyclable.”

Although it’s obvious that you should recycle your water bottles, it’s less obvious eyeglasses and other obscure items are recyclable.

Toothbrushes and lightly used bras can be recycled.

You can recycle your phone, laptop, and most other electronic devices.

When the word “recycling” comes to mind, most people think of soda cans, water bottles, and cardboard boxes. But what about cell phones, eyeglasses, and toilets? Perhaps to your surprise, these items are also considered recyclable along with a number of objects you probably have thrown in the garbage can.

To help you sort through some of the things you’ve been tossing, we compiled a list of items commonly misplaced in the trash can.

Give your old toilet a new life.

Your toilet seat could help a road be built.

People are often surprised to find out you can recycle your old toilet. Recycling facilities can use the porcelain and turn it into concrete for roads or sidewalks.

In order to recycle your toilet or any porcelain fixture, you will need to find a local recycling center that accepts porcelain. If not, try contacting a local charity such as Habitat for Humanity that accepts used, working building materials.

Cigarette waste can be made into plastic. Cigarettes can be melted into hard plastic.

This one may also be hard to believe, but cigarette waste can actually be repurposed, according to Megan Walton, programs associate at Delta Institute. There are several companies that collect certain parts of cigarette packaging and the cigarettes themselves.

One free mail-in collection program called TerraCycle transforms the waste into plastic, Walton told INSIDER. Cigarettes and packaging are separated and then melted into hard plastic that can be remolded into plastic pellets, which can be used to create a variety of plastic products.

Mail your toothbrushes in to be made into school supplies. They don’t have to go to waste.

The standard toothbrush cannot be tossed into your recycling bin. It’s made of hard plastic, nylon bristles, and packaged in plastic, most of which are not biodegradable. But in an effort to change the fate of many toothbrushes, Colgate and Sam’s Club have partnered with TerraCycle to recycle them.

You can ship your Colgate toothbrushes in for free and they will be upcycled into useful items like school supplies.

Recycle your old greeting cards for a good cause.

Chances are that you have a lot of these lying around.

What do you do with all of those sentimental birthday and holiday cards you receive every year? It feels wrong to put them in the trash, but at the same time, how can you keep adding to that never – ending stash in your closet? This year, you can finally get rid of them all, but for a good cause.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children accepts both new and used greeting cards of all occasions. They can recycle the cards to create new ones to sell. The money raised from the new cards will go towards abused and neglected homeless children.

You can recycle your phone, laptop, and most other electronic devices.

Don’t be part of the e-waste problem.

Many of our electronics quickly are becoming obsolete with technology developing so fast. As a result, Americans throw away 9.4 million tons of electronics each year, making the US number one worldwide for e-waste (electronic waste) produced annually.

Instead of adding to the giant landfill, many people are surprised to find out that their phones, computers, printers, and other electronic equipment are actually recyclable, according to John Ferracuti, Chief Operating Officer of Bin There Dump That.

There are several options for recycling e-waste. You can donate it to a school or nonprofit if it still works properly. There are also electronics recyclers that take old devices to separate and then reuse,

In his Master programme in the university, my elder brother Mr. Feng Jah Darwei produced a Biogas machine. The machine was going to be fixed in a pit where animal dung is dumped. Such wastes if it is confined in a pit or some container it produces pressure and some gaseous substance that can be let out as a product that is usable. The idea was to use the biogas as fuel for cooking gas and so forth.

The main part of a biogas system is a large tank, or digester. Inside this tank, bacteria convert organic waste into methane gas through the process of anaerobic digestion. … The methane gas produced inside biogas system may be used for cooking, lighting, and other energy needs.

HOW IT WORKS:

Biogas is a clean and renewable fuel (similar to LPG) that you can make yourself. You will be able to cook all of your normal meals with it.

Biogas is made in a biogas digester. We call it a digester because it is a large tank filled with bacteria that eats (or digests) organic waste and gives a flammable gas, called biogas. The bacteria in the Gesi550 biogas digester need to be cared for like you would care for an animal. If the bacteria have too much or too little food they get sick. You must feed the bacteria every day with a mixture of food waste and water. In addition to biogas, the Gesi systems make waste water that is rich in nutrients. This water may be poured over your plants to help them grow.

Biogas systems make use of a relatively simple, well-known, and mature technology. The main part of a biogas system is a large tank, or digester. Inside this tank, bacteria convert organic waste into methane gas through the process of anaerobic digestion. Each day, the operator of a biogas system feeds the the digester with household by-products such as market waste, kitchen waste, and manure from livestock. The methane gas produced inside biogas system may be used for cooking, lighting, and other energy needs. Waste that has been fully digested exits the biogas system in the form of organic fertiliser.

Well, after all has been said and done; I hope we find this message useful so as to avoid throwing away all of those items we no longer need in the home like polythene bags, plastic bottles and other recyclable products useful, so we don’t just throw them away as the case may be.

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The 15 Woes Of Buhari’s Government.

We’ve been governed by a depraved minded generations of leaders, led and guided by greed and mass destruction of the system of government and standards of living.

We love Nigeria so much to just let it go down to ruins by reason of our inability as patriots to say no to governments of mismanagement and unaccountability by successive leadership styles who only pay lip service to the country than perform their rightful duties of nurturing and grooming our beloved country so it can begin to take its rightful position as the largest black nation in the world. Leaders who have thrown away their sense of decorum, sanity, dignity and integrity on the grounds of amassing stolen wealth from the government’s coffers. Leaders whose integrity can only be defined by telltales rather than vigorous, and pragmatic leadership styles.

The government of President Mohammedu Buhari has failed in every way; in the sense of performance, fulfilling promise, they have also failed in not pursue a goal, not having and driving an agenda, a lack of dream, and a lack of direction as to what, where, how, when and which way to go and where to stop. Does this government think Nigerians lack a sensr of focus that they’re asking to be trusted again for another four (4) years? Are Nigerians blinds? Are Nigerians unreasonable? Even if we are thoughtless and dafts, no one would allow himself be fooled over and over again.

If you cannot learn from people’s successes, you can indeed learn from their failures. There are 15 important lessons to learn from the performance of the current administration.

Warning: Please note that the writer is not a politician or a party affiliate. He is a leader, a management consultant,an author, a trainer and a citizen of the greatest black country in world-Nigeria

  1. Have a plan before you set out to lead. The APC party never had a plan, they only had promises. It is easy to say I will make one dollar to one naira- that’s a promise, but how do you make that happen was never mentioned. A plan is the road map to every achievement.
  2. Be honest with why you want to be a leader. The reasons they gave why they want to come into power and the incoming addressing of those reasons became totally different. How can you say “you are for nobody but for everybody” and end up recruiting people only from your region and your state having the largest share?
  3. Promise little, deliver more or Promise more and deliver little. They obviously had more promises than they could definitely deliver. Of all their about 21 core promises, their scorecard shows they have delivered very little. So if you want to achieve much, make few promises and over deliver!
  4. You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. Most of the gigantic promises were built on what to do, not what has been done in the past. People will not take you serious if you have all it’s takes to perform and you are still promising or giving blame. Act, do, keep doing and keep going and best of all know where to go.
  5. The past cannot always determine the future. In the past as a military administrator, it is easier to make decrees and to rule with an iron fist and cover gross mistakes with threats and stringent military brutality. But Nigeria is not in military reign and can never go that way again. Past successes may sometimes not predict future ones if the man and his methods aren’t changing. So if things aren’t working, change the method and if still not working change the machine if it’s still not working, change the man.
  6. Never be partial. It is said that if dirt is too much in a blind man’s soup he will know it’s no longer crayfish. When you are swift in dealing with IPOB and proscribing them as terrorists and you then turn around to say that you don’t know what to do to Fulani Herdsmen incessant killings, or you ask the people to pray about it, then you know the people are not blind, they know who and what you stand for. To succeed in leadership you may need to step on the toes of those too close to you.
  7. He that must come to equity must come with clean hands. You cannot have people who have soiled their garments with oil in your showroom where you hope to sell brilliant white clothes. And you cannot turn a blind eye when your friend steals from the market place and then shout ‘ole’ or ‘barawo’ when you suspect your enemy. If you want to fight corruption, start from yourself, your circle, then the circle after that, and so it goes. Change comes usually as a spiral effect
  8. You can never make people rich or happy by sharing 10 thousand naira to them, not even a hundred thousand naira can do that, when indeed the roads you took to that place you shared the money are probably in bad shape. A man who used the kpomo he would have used to cook for his in-laws to make band and gives his in-laws fu-fu without meat, should know that when his in-laws are going they will go with his wife. It is better to teach people how to fish than to give them fish.
  9. Stop blaming your past. You can’t go forward until you get done with the past. If you keep blaming people on what you are asked to do, you end up becoming lame. Blame makes people lame. Humanity is lame today because of Adam’s blame!
  10. Integrity is everything. Integrity is not when you are clean and clear in one area, integrity is wholistic. A man was wrongly given a carton of money instead of a carton of fish, and he returned it. To appreciate him the store owner, wanted the news to go out to mass media, but the man objected that because the woman that was with him the time he came to buy the fish was not his wife – he was actually cheating on his wife that day. So he’s honest with not stealing, but not honest to his own wife. Integrity is doing what you say you would do, how you said you would do it and even when you said you would do it.
  11. Take decisions on time. Decision taking is leadership. If it takes you forever to take a decision, when will you act on those decisions and when will you achieve your decision? One would have thought, the longer the decision, the better it is. But that’s an hypothesis, not in reality. Sometimes the quicker the decision, the better it is. Strike the iron when it’s hot!
  12. Use professionals. Not propagandists. The difference between a professional public servant and a hound of propagandists is what is the major difference between America and Nigeria. The American economy was built by professionals not propagandists. And no economy in the world was ever built on propaganda. Even China a Communist country relies on professionalism. So what 10 Lai Mohammed’s cannot achieve, only one Liu He- the man in charge of China’s economy can.
  13. Accept mistakes sincerely and don’t cover them up with more excuses. A friend mentioned sometimes ago that excuse givers are good for nothing and I sincerely agree. If you make mistakes accept them as no one is infallible only God is. Hence you are not God, you shouldn’t always defend your shortcomings. Those you are trying to showcase a defence to know your blind spots. They also know they have their own weaknesses. So why trying to play holy when indeed you can confess your sins and be forgiven.
  14. Listen to others, especially your wife. Your wife is the only one that can boldly tell you your mouth has an odor. The next person might be a honest friend. People might be feeling ashamed or thinking you might feel embarrassed when they tell you. But if you got honest people who tell you things rightly, rather than those who tell you only the right things they think you want to hear you will be a great leader.
  15. Don’t surround yourself with only yes, yes people. Get feedbacks from your enemies, know what people think about your leadership from those who don’t like you also. Talking positively all the time may lead to information diabetes and soon the system will need insulin.

In customer service delivery, we teach that the best feedback is the one given by your aggrieved customers. Products are well packaged, software becomes more secured as a result of feedback resources from the complaint box.

Our government does not allow for feed backs, when you speak about issues that aren’t working right, this government makes an enemy of you, and they’re not making a progress rather they keep making excuses for not performing well; and nobody records progress making excuses for lack of performance.

What Does A Woman Really Wants?

Women would be foolish to think they’re equal to men. They’re far more superior…

Women are interesting beings, very lovely companions, beautiful associates and managers. The absence of a woman in a home results in chaos and abject disorder.

What does a woman really wants?

“A woman wants to be in charge of her own life.”

Beijing Conference opened our eyes to a whole lot of revelations concerning women. Men seem at lost on what else to do to make women happy. Many homes are in disarray, dysfunctional and chaotic; everyone seems left to themselves to do their own things.

Men are searching out new ways to spark up their romance in the home, how to treat and build a lovely home. The men are in search of fresh plugs for their women to keep their love life blazing.

As it is, men think they have lost control of their women to maybe other men, careers and to the insatiable ambitions most women have developed since the advent of the Beijing conference. If this is true, how then would they be able to enjoy the safety, peace, comfort and harmony of their homes there’s so much distrust and raucous ness?

Many women feel marginalized in their matrimonial homes because they think that they do not share an equal freedom many other women enjoy in their own homes, the freedom to operate or make their own choices or make some decisions for themselves, they have to answer yes sir to some man and that does not always come smooth with some women. To them, the men get to make all the decisions, every one of them and not even considering how their decisions affect the women.

These are already preconceived notions, rife amongst the women folks. This have been nurtured over time that the men folks have taken charge of everything even the women and this misconception has somewhat kept the women in captivity of their own thoughts.

WE WANT SOME FREEDOM:
“We want some freedom!” That is an earnest cry of most women in our world today. To me, this outcry is needless. Who has held the women folks in bondage? Women are insecure. Insecure in the sense that they’re directed by their whim and caprice, controlled and directed by mere wants and unguided desires and when these desires cannot be satisfied by their men or their personal efforts, then, life is wicked or their husbands are not men enough to provide answers to their nagging problems.

Many are the desires in a woman’s heart. You would have thought that the things that should appease her are those goody goodies, and flamboyant things everyone look out for, those beautiful dresses and jewelries they wear. But no! You would discover that what she wants is not those things but some very unimaginable things we had thought insignificant. Most women have a very complex nature so hard to understand if one were to do a study on them.

Yeah, one of their basic needs their own security and peace of mind. Now, the word ‘security’ is kind of vague. Security from what threat? Of them all, women want financial security. Ehen there is enough money to spend, women can give anything to be with a man who is rich. They can even risk or sacrifice everything else for that.

What does a woman really wants?

Here’s a very interesting answer I got…

“A WOMAN WANTS TO BE IN CHARGE OF HER OWN LIFE!”

What do women really want?

This is a very interesting story and a lesson for men.

To men, please take time to ponder on this, and to women, just enjoy the story.

Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighbouring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur’s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.

The question was: “What do women really want?”

Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man. And to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch’s proposition to have an answer by the year’s end.

He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men, and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.

Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer. But the price would be high as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.

The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but first he would have to agree to her price.

The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table, and Arthur’s closest friend. Young Arthur was horrified.

She was hunch-backed and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc.

He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life. He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden.

But Lancelot, having learnt of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur’s life. And the reservation of the Round Table. Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered.

Arthur’s question thus: “What a woman really wants?”

She said, “A woman wants to be in charge of her own life.”

Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth, and that Arthur’s life would be spared. And so it was. The neighbouring monarch granted Arthur his freedom. And Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding.

The honeymoon hour approached and, Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him.

The most beautiful woman he had ever seen was sitting by the bed.

The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened. The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth become her horrible and deformed self only half the time, and be the beautiful maiden the other half.

Which would you prefer? She asked him. ‘beautiful during the day… or at night?”

Lancelot pondered the predicament.

During the day, he could have a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day? But by night a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous moments with?

If you are a man reading this, what would your choice be? And If you are a woman reading this, what would your man’s choice be?

And Lancelot’s choice is given below…

But, please make your choice first before you scroll down below!

Okay?

Knowing the answer the witch gave to Arthur for his question, Sir Lancelot said that he would allow her to make the choice herself.

Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time, because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.

Now, what is the moral to this?

The moral is…

1. There is a ‘witch’ in every woman, no matter how beautiful she is. It’s how a man manages it.
2. If you let a woman decide on her own she gives you the best of herself but if u force her with your decisions, she becomes a witch.

What do you think?

So, be careful how you treat a woman.

In other words, this could be said that men are the architects of their own homes and lives. A British novelist, play wright and poet, Williams Golding, 1911 – 1993 said it, “Women would be foolish to think they’re equal to men. They’re far superior, and always have been. Whatever you give a woman, she makes greater. If you give a woman a sperm, she will give you a baby. If you give her a house, she will give you a home. If you give her groceries, she will give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she will give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges everything you give her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit!”

Now, I can imagine the kind of wicked eyes you’re looking at me with. I can also imagine what some men are saying in their hearts, “What’s wrong with this guy? Is he a feminist? Why would he write this kind if article?

And this is my reason, we wonder why some homes are in disarray? Many men are so carried away by the knowledge and understanding that the man is the head of a home and if the man is a head of the home, the head cannot run without the body. The head needs other parts to function properly.

Every good home is a function of a good woman who manages the affairs of the home well.

Even God acknowledges that truth, ” He that findeth a wife, findeth a good thing and obtaineth favor from the Lord!” Meaning that we are products of a good or a bad wife, depends on what you put in her hands.

Christianity: Its Many Phases In Medieval Times.

Christianity left Israel as a Family, moved to Rome as a Religion, went to England as Politics and ended in Africa as a Business.

Before the advent of Christianity, Jewish people were merely a religious lot, ardently practicing Judaism inherited from their fore fathers, and synagogue worshippers. With the Pharisees and Sadducees overseeing its affairs. With them, you won’t go wrong on the laws of Moses, because they ensure they had it engraved in your minds, little tablets attached to their priestly robes and so forth.

JUDAISM, JEWISH RELIGION:
Judaism is a Jewish religion. It is an ancient, monotheistic, Abrahamic religion with the Torah as its foundational text. It encompasses the religion, philosophy, and culture of the Jewish people. Judaism is considered by religious Jews to be the expression of the covenant that God established with the Children of Israel. Judaism encompasses a wide corpus of texts, practices, theological positions, and forms of organization. The Torah is part of the larger text known as the Tanakh or the Hebrew Bible, and supplemental oral tradition represented by later texts such as the Midrash and the Talmud. With between 14.5 and 17.4 million adherents worldwide, Judaism is the tenth largest religion in the world.

Within Judaism there are a variety of movements, most of which emerged from Rabbinic Judaism, which holds that God revealed his laws and commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai in the form of both the Written and Oral Torah. Historically, this assertion was challenged by various groups such as the Sadducees and Hellenistic Judaism during the Second Temple period; the Karaites and Sabbateans during the early and later medieval period; and among segments of the modern non – Orthodox denominations. Modern branches of Judaism such as Humanistic Judaism may be nontheistic. Today, the largest Jewish religious movements are Orthodox Judaism (Haredi Judaism and Modern Orthodox Judaism), Conservative Judaism, and Reform Judaism. Major sources of difference between these groups are their approaches to Jewish law, the authority of the Rabbinic tradition, and the significance of the State of Israel. Orthodox Judaism maintains that the Torah and Jewish law are divine in origin, eternal and unalterable, and that they should be strictly followed. Conservative and Reform Judaism are more liberal, with Conservative Judaism generally promoting a more traditionalist interpretation of Judaism’s requirements than Reform Judaism. A typical Reform position is that Jewish law should be viewed as a set of general guidelines rather than as a set of restrictions and obligations whose observance is required of all Jews. Historically, special courts enforced Jewish law; today, these courts still exist but the practice of Judaism is mostly voluntary. Authority on theological and legal matters is not vested in any one person or organization, but in the sacred texts and the rabbis and scholars who interpret them.

The history of Judaism spans more than 3,000 years. Judaism has its roots as an organized religion in the Middle East during the Bronze Age. Judaism is considered one of the oldest monotheistic religions. The Hebrews and Israelites were already referred to as “Jews” in later books of the Tanakh such as the Book of Esther, with the term Jews replacing the title “Children of Israel” Judaism’s texts, traditions and values strongly influenced later Abrahamic religions, including Christianity, Islam and the Baha’i Faith. Many aspects of Judaism have also directly or indirectly influenced secular Western ethics and civil law. Hebraism was just as important a factor in the ancient era development of Western civilization as Hellenism, and Judaism, as the background of Christianity, has considerably shaped Western ideals and morality since Early Christianity.

Jews are an ethnoreligious group including those born Jewish, in addition to converts to Judaism. In 2015, the world Jewish population was estimated at about 14.3 million, or roughly 0.2% of the total world population. About 43% of all Jews reside in Israel and another 43% reside in the United States and Canada, with most of the remainder living in Europe, and other minority groups spread throughout Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

At its core, the Tanakh is an account of the Israelites’ relationship with God from their earliest history until the building of the Second Temple (c.535 BCE). Abraham is hailed as the first Hebrew and the father of the Jewish people. As a reward for his act of faith in one God, he was promised that Isaac, his second son, would inherit the Land of Israel (then called Canaan). Later, the descendants of Isaac’s son Jacob were enslaved in Egypt, and God commanded Moses to lead the Exodus from Egypt. At Mount Sinai, they received the Torah -the five books of Moses. These books, together with Nevi’im and Ketuvim are known as Torah Shebikhtav as opposed to the Oral Torah, which refers to the Mishnah and the Talmud. Eventually, God led them to the land of Israel where the tabernacle was planted in the city of Shiloh for over 300 years to rally the nation against attacking enemies. As time went on, the spiritual level of the nation declined to the point that God allowed the Philistines to capture the tabernacle. The people of Israel then told Samuel the prophet that they needed to be governed by a permanent king, and Samuel appointed Saul to be their King. When the people pressured Saul into going against a command conveyed to him by Samuel, God told Samuel to appoint David in his stead.

The Western Wall in Jerusalem is a remnant of the wall encircling the Second Temple. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism.

Once King David was established, he told the prophet Nathan that he would like to build a permanent temple, and as a reward for his actions, God promised David that he would allow his son, Solomon, to build the First Temple and the throne would never depart from his children.

Rabbinic tradition holds that the details and interpretation of the law, which are called the Oral Torah or oral law, were originally an unwritten tradition based upon what God told Moses on Mount Sinai. However, as the persecutions of the Jews increased and the details were in danger of being forgotten, these oral laws were recorded by Rabbi Judah HaNasi (Judah the Prince) in the Mishnah, redacted circa 200 CE. The Talmud was a compilation of both the Mishnah and the Gemara, rabbinic commentaries redacted over the next three centuries. The Gemara originated in two major centers of Jewish scholarship, Palestine and Babylonia. Correspondingly, two bodies of analysis developed, and two works of Talmud were created. The older compilation is called the Jerusalem Talmud. It was compiled sometime during the 4th century in Palestine. The Babylonian Talmud was compiled from discussions in the houses of study by the scholars Ravina I, Ravina II, and Rav Ashi by 500 CE, although it continued to be edited later.

Some critical scholars oppose the view that the sacred texts, including the Hebrew Bible, were divinely inspired. Many of these scholars accept the general principles of the documentary hypothesis and suggest that the Torah consists of inconsistent texts edited together in a way that calls attention to divergent accounts. Many suggest that during the First Temple period, the people of Israel believed that each nation had its own god, but that their god was superior to other gods. Some suggest that strict monotheism developed during the Babylonian Exile, perhaps in reaction to Zoroastrian dualism. In this view, it was only by the Hellenic period that most Jews came to believe that their god was the only god and that the notion of a clearly bounded Jewish nation identical with the Jewish religion formed.

John Day argue that the origins of biblical Yahweh, El, Asherah, and Ba’al, may be rooted in earlier Canaanite religion, which was centered on a pantheon of gods much like the Greek pantheon.

Ancient Israel and Judah, Babylonian captivity, Hellenistic Judaism, Hasmonean Kingdom, Iudaea Province, and Bar Kokhba revolt.

THE BIRTH PLACE OF CHRISTIANITY:
As it were, the birth of Jesus Christ was one that came by words of prophecy, an angel showed up and told Mary who was unmarried and still a virgin at that time she was going to be pregnant and give birth to a child and the child will subsequently become the savior of mankind and the universe as a whole. As at that time, Mary was already betrothed to Joseph her husband (would be). Mary was grossly amazed. How would that be, seeing that I am still unmarried and have never known a man? The same angel visited Joseph to brief him on the development. I am sure that at first, Joseph could not understand the whole thing but when angel Gabriel told him, your wife Mary is pregnant by the Holy Spirit and she’s going to give birth to a Holy Child!. And the angel encouraged Joseph to go ahead to take Mary his wife. And Joseph being a noble man went ahead to take his wife Mary his wife home as he didn’t want to publicly embarrass her.

After nine (9) months, the birth time was ripe and the couple had to travel from their place of residence to Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel to be counted because it happened to be a time of census. Jerusalem was packed full with people coming from all over the place, from far and near; thronging into the city of Jerusalem. The town was filled with people, the hotels, motels and inns had been completely taken. Now, Joseph and Mary did not have a place to put up but a sheep pen for an inn. And that night, Jesus Christ arrived and was put in a Manger for a bed.

Christianity and its birth was noble and a humble one, mysterious though in the sense that it advent was heralded by the announcement from a heavenly creatures, an angel. Yet, it was simple, humble and blessed! There was no pomp and pageantry about it, just simple!

When the child king finally arrived the earth, his star shone forth in the east and the wisemen began to look for it, the star led them to Jerusalem to the then king, Herod a Roman, whom as at then, colonized and were ruling in Jerusalem Israel. Herod called the three wise men and pleaded with them to tell him if they find the place where Jesus was born so he would also go to greet and welcome him, all in a plot to kill him.

Though, he came to give life but satan through king Herod sought to take his life by taking the lives of many children from his birth age to a year old in Jerusalem.

When Jesus grew up and began His ministry, He decided to choose His disciples from yet a humble set of people; fishermen, farmers and peasant worker and people of lowly professions except for one who was a doctor (Luke), the rest were unschooled.

Antioch is a small town in the region of Israel where the first Christian movement began. An’tioch (pron. an’ti-ok); there are two cities of this name mentioned in the New Testament, one in Syria, about 290 ms. north of Jerusalem where the disciples of Christ were first called Christians; it is now a village of about 6000 or a few more inhabitants, 15 ms. from the Mediterranean; the other was in the extreme north of Pisidia, on the south side of a mountain range 502 ms. northwest from Jerusalem and in Asia Minor. It is an inhabited town with many ancient ruins.

CHRISTIANITY LEFT ISRAEL AS FAMILY:
Christianity suffered the first persecution even at an enfant stage. When king Herod realized the wise men were not forthcoming with the information as to where this great king, the savior of the world was born, he made sent soldiers to kill every child from Jesus’ to three (3) years of age.

Whereas God had warned Joseph in a dream to flee the town because Herod sought to kill the child, and they fled to Egypt in Africa where they remained until the plot was forgotten the Joseph. Mary and Baby Jesus returned home to Israel.

And Jesus grew in wisdom, knowledge and understanding. And the Lord was with Him, He went about doing good, healing the sick, raising the dead, giving sight to the blind. Almost, every time Mary and Joseph were looking for Jesus, they had always found him in the synagogues teaching and preaching as He was growing up.

CHRISTIANITY ENTERED ROME AS A RELIGION:
Rome was a world power as at the period of the birth of Christianity, the Roman kingdom had the strongest, largest, well trained army that was so rudeless, beating down every force that stood on its way to conquering kingdoms for the Roman empire.

Christ’s teachings had spread wide amongst the Jews, even though it rocked their Jewish belief. Jesus’ teachings sparkled the flames that exported the Church to the Roman kingdom somewhat giving birth to the Roman Catholic Movement.

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC MOVEMENT:
According to tradition, the history of the Catholic Church begins with Jesus Christ and his teachings (c. 4 BC – c. AD 30) and the Catholic Church is a continuation of the early Christian community established by Jesus. The Church considers its bishops to be the successors to Jesus’s apostles and the Church’s leader, the Bishop of Rome (also known as the Pope) to be the sole successor to Saint Peter, who ministered in Rome in the first century AD, after his appointment by Jesus as head of the church. By the end of the 2nd century, bishops began congregating in regional synods to resolve doctrinal and policy issues. By the 3rd century, the bishop of Rome began to act as a court of appeals for problems that other bishops could not resolve.

Christianity spread throughout the early Roman Empire, despite persecutions due to conflicts with the pagan state religion. In 313, the struggles of the Early Church were lessened by the legalisation of Christianity by the Emperor Constantine I. In 380, under Emperor Theodosius I, Catholicism became the state religion of the Roman Empire by the decree of the Emperor, which would persist until the fall of the Western Empire, and later, with the Eastern Roman Empire, until the Fall of Constantinople. During this time, the period of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, there were considered five primary sees (jurisdictions within the Catholic Church) according to Eusebius: Rome, Constantinople, Antioch, Jerusalem and Alexandria, known as the Pentarchy.

The battles of Toulouse preserved the Catholic west, even though Rome itself was ravaged in 850, and Constantinople besieged. In the 11th century, already strained relations between the primarily Greek church in the East, and the Latin church in the West, developed into the East-West Schism, partially due to conflicts over Papal Authority. The fourth crusade, and the sacking of Constantinople by renegade crusaders proved the final breach. Prior to and during the 16th century, the Church engaged in a process of reform and renewal. Reform during the 16th century is known as the Counter-Reformation. In subsequent centuries, Catholicism spread widely across the world despite experiencing a reduction in its hold on European populations due to the growth of Protestantism and also because of religious skepticism during and after the Enlightenment. The Second Vatican Council in the 1960s introduced the most significant changes to Catholic practices since the Council of Trent four centuries before.

THE CATHOLIC CHURCHES BEGINNINGS:
According to Catholic tradition, the Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ. The New Testament records Jesus’ activities and teaching, his appointment of the twelve Apostles, and his instructions to them to continue his work. The Catholic Church teaches that the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, in an event known as Pentecost, signaled the beginning of the public ministry of the Church. Catholics hold that Saint Peter was Rome’s first bishop and the consecrator of Linus as its next bishop, thus starting the unbroken line which includes the current pontiff, Pope Francis. That is, the Catholic Church maintains the apostolic succession of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope – the successor to Saint Peter.

In the account of the Confession of Peter found in the Gospel of Matthew, Christ designates Peter as the “rock” upon which Christ’s church will be built. While some scholars do state Peter was the first Bishop of Rome, others say that the institution of the papacy is not dependent on the idea that Peter was Bishop of Rome or even on his ever having been in Rome. Many scholars hold that a church structure of plural presbyters/bishops persisted in Rome until the mid-2nd century, when the structure of a single bishop and plural presbyters was adopted, and that later writers retrospectively applied the term “bishop of Rome” to the most prominent members of the clergy in the earlier period and also to Peter himself. On this basis, Oscar Cullmann and Henry Chadwick question whether there was a formal link between Peter and the modern papacy, and Raymond E. Brown says that, while it is anachronistic to speak of Peter in terms of local bishop of Rome, Christians of that period would have looked on Peter as having “roles that would contribute in an essential way to the development of the role of the papacy in the subsequent church”. These roles, Brown says, “contributed enormously to seeing the bishop of Rome, the bishop of the city where Peter died, and where Paul witnessed to the truth of Christ, as the successor of Peter in care for the church universal”.

Conditions in the Roman Empire facilitated the spread of new ideas. The empire’s well-defined network of roads and waterways allowed easier travel, while the Pax Romana made it safe to travel from one region to another. The government had encouraged inhabitants, especially those in urban areas, to learn Greek, and the common language allowed ideas to be more easily expressed and understood. Jesus’ apostles gained converts in Jewish communities around the Mediterranean Sea, and over 40 Christian communities had been established by 100. Although most of these were in the Roman Empire, notable Christian communities were also established in Armenia, Iran and along the Indian Malabar Coast. The new religion was most successful in urban areas, spreading first among slaves and people of low social standing, and then among aristocratic women.

At first, Christians continued to worship alongside Jewish believers, which historians refer to as Jewish Christianity, but within twenty years of Jesus’ death, Sunday was being regarded as the primary day As preachers such as Paul of Tarsus began converting Gentiles, Christianity began growing away from Jewish practices to establish itself as a separate religion, though the issue of Paul of Tarsus and Judaism is still debated today. To resolve doctrinal differences among the competing factions within the Church, in or around the year 50, the apostles convened the first Church council, the Council of Jerusalem. This council affirmed that Gentiles could become Christians without adopting all of the Mosaic Law. Growing tensions soon led to a starker separation that was virtually complete by the time Christians refused to join in the Bar Kokhba Jewish revolt of 132, however some groups of Christians returned.

CHRISTIANITY AS POLITICS IN BRITAIN:
Celtic Christianity
The early history of Christianity in Britain is highly obscure. Medieval legends concerning the conversion of the island under King Lucius or from a mission by St Philip or Joseph of Arimathea have been discredited; they seem to have been pious forgeries introduced in attempts to establish independence or seniority in the ecclesiastical hierarchy formalized following the Norman conquest of England and Wales. The first archaeological evidence and credible records showing a community large enough to maintain churches and bishops dates to the 3rd and 4th centuries, but it started from a small base: the British delegation to the 353 Council of Rimini had to beg for financial assistance from its fellows in order to return home.[8] The Romano-British population seem to have been mostly Christian by the Sub-Roman period, although the Great Conspiracy in the 360s and increased raiding around the time of the Roman withdrawal from Britain saw many enslaved. The Saxon invasions of Britain destroyed most of the formal church as they progressed, replacing it with a form of Germanic polytheism. There seems to have been a lull traditionally attributed to the Battle of Badon but, following the arrival of Justinian’s Plague around 547, the expansion resumed. By the time Cornwall was subjugated by Wessex at Hingston Down in 838, however, it was largely left to its native people and practices.

Portrait labelled Avgvstinvs from the mid -8th-century Saint Petersburg Bede, though perhaps intended as Gregory the Great.

Christianity was largely reintroduced to Britain by the Gregorian Mission, c. 600. Establishing his archdiocese at Canterbury, St Augustine failed to establish his authority over the Welsh church at Chester but his mission—with help from Scottish missionaries such as SS Aidan and Cuthbert—proved successful in Kent and then Northumbria: the two provinces of the English church continue to be led from the cathedrals of Canterbury and York (est. 735). Owing to the importance of the Scottish missions, Northumbria initially followed the native church in its calculation of Easter and tonsure but then aligned itself with Canterbury and Rome at the 664 Synod of Whitby. Early English Christian documents surviving from this time include the 7th-century illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels and the historical accounts written by the Venerable Bede. The Irish and Scots adopted the Roman practices over the 7th & 8th centuries; around 768, “Archbishop” Elfodd of “Gwynedd” finally convinced the Welsh to follow, although it was not until after the reign of Bernard that the bishop of St Davids was finally compelled to submit to the authority of Canterbury and the English Church.

Canterbury Cathedral, rebuilt in the Romanesque style in the 1070s, in the Gothic style following a fire in 1174, and in the Perpendicular style following an earthquake in 1382.

By the 11th century, the Normans had overrun England and begun the annexation of Wales. St Osmund, bishop of Salisbury, codified the Sarum Rite and, by the time of his successor, Roger, a system of endowed prebends had been developed that left ecclesiastical positions independent of the bishop. Tolerance of commendatory benefices permitted the well-connected to hold multiple offices simply for their spiritual and temporal revenues, subcontracting the position’s duties to lower clerics or simply treating them as sinecures. The importance of such revenues prompted the Investiture Crisis, which erupted in Britain over the fight occasioned by King John’s refusal to accept Pope Innocent III’s nominee as archbishop of Canterbury. England was placed under interdict in 1208 and John excommunicated the following year; he enjoyed the seizure of the church’s revenues but finally relented owing to domestic and foreign rivals strengthened by papacy.

CHRISTIANITY CAME TO AFRICA AS A BUSINESS:
Two types of missionaries came to Africa. The first missionaries gave Africans the true gospel of love equality for all, Africans inclusive. When the first missionaries left the shores of Africa, another missionary group came from Britain, which disrupted and destabilized the first believe and turned Africans into slaves, it automatically empowered and licensed the white man over the black man.

What role did the Church play in the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade? What exactly does the Bible say about slavery? Is Christianity a “slave religion?” Why so many Black people love the Church and the Bible?

According to Jomo Kenyatta the founding father and first president of Kenya, “When the missionaries arrived, the Africans had the land and the missionaries had the Bible. They taught us how to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible.”

That was the beginning of the European colonization of Africa. As I said in my other post, the trans-Atlantic slave trade was introduced by the coming of the Europeans and the Europeans came with the Bible the same way the Arab raiders and traders from the Middle East and North Africa introduced Islam through the Trans-Saharan slave trade. So yes the church did play a major role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade. In fact, the Church was the backbone of the slave trade. In other words, most of the slave traders and slave ship captains were very “good” Christians. For example, Sir John Hawkins, the first slave-ship captain to bring African slaves to the Americas, was a religious gentleman who insisted that his crew “serve God daily” and “love another”. His ship, ironically called “The good ship Jesus,” left the shores of his native England for Africa in October 1562.

The Church, especially the Anglican and the Catholic Church, had plantations with slaves working on them. For example, the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG) – the world’s oldest Anglican mission agency, owned several acres of slave plantations. It has been documented that the 800 acre Codrington slave plantation in Barbados, was owned and operated by the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG) during the 18th and 19th centuries.

One may ask, why would the Church condone such barbaric acts as slavery? Well, the answer lies in the Bible the same way the answer for extremist-Islamic terrorism in the world today lies in the Koran. Yes, slavery is normal in the Bible and it is perfectly okay. There are several chapters and verses supporting slavery in both the old and new testaments of the Bible. Exodus 21 of the old testament of the Bible for example, gives clear instructions on how to treat a slave. Both Deuteronomy 20:10-14 and Leviticus 25:44-46 also give clear instructions on who should be slaves, how and where to buy slaves, etc. Some Christians argue those chapters and verses are in the old testament and therefore don’t count but that is a big lie because there are several chapters and verses supporting slavery even in the New testament of the Bible. For example, the book of Ephesians 6:5 of the New Testament clearly states “Slaves, Obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ”. Not just that, 1 Timothy 6:1 of the New Testament also clearly states “Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed”. I can go on and on. Slavery existed during the time of Jesus and continued after Jesus. Slavery got abolished nearly 2000 years after the death of Jesus. Jesus had every chance to speak against slavery but the question is; did he do it? And if Jesus did speak against slavery then why did his followers twist his words? If Jesus did speak against slavery then why does the New Testament of the Bible support slavery? And if the Bible got twisted along the way then does it make much sense for us to put our trust in it? Now back to the question, Is Christianity a slave religion? Well, I am not that great with the Bible so I will leave that to the experts to answer.

Reverend Richard Furman, President of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, 1823 said, “The right of holding slaves is clearly established in the holy scriptures, both by precepts and by example”. In a letter to the Emancipator in 1839, the Reverend Thomas Witherspoon of the Presbyterian Church of Alabama in the USA wrote, “I draw my warrant from the scriptures of the old and new testaments to hold the slave in bondage.” “The extracts from Holy Writ unequivocally assert the right of property in slaves” Rev. E.D. Simms, Professor, Randolph-Macon College. I can go on and on. So as we can see, the Church and the early Christians saw nothing wrong with slavery and fully engaged themselves. Most Churches and Cathedrals owned several acres of slave plantations and owned several slaves. Even when slavery was abolished, most Churches had to be compensated for setting their slaves free. Yes one of the ironies of the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act was that, it was slave owners, not the slaves, who were compensated at the emancipation of slaves. The Anglican Church received 8,823 pound sterling in compensation for its loss of over 400 slaves. The Bishop of Exeter, along with three of his colleagues received some 13,000 pounds in compensation for over 660 slaves. All these have been documented and I can go on and on.

Why so many Black people love the Church and the Bible? Well, that is a question I cannot answer all alone.

Therapy For Lasting Relationship By Menchu Abada

Beat me down to the floor and slammed, I’m sticking on. Push me so hard, and pressed against the wall, I’m sticking on. When the road is far and tough, I’m sticking on. And where the road is harsh and rough, I’m sticking on.

Either way, I’m sticking on as life glows for the stick ons and stay puts!

No matter what happens, stick unto your love!

True love is not found in the fictional love stories we read from romantic novels or the love stories we watch in Hollywood, Bollywood, Dolly or Nollywood movies because most of those stories do not depict the reality of love, they only give you an idea of a perfect or ideal live life.

When the chips a down and reality surfaces, what happens? Little wonder why the marriages of seemingly all those Hollywood stars does not last. Their inability to stick to one marriage is an indication that all that ideal mannerisms to keep a healthy relationship is merely a façade.

When you meet someone for the first time, how do you relate?

For some people, they size you up by checking the clothes you wear, how expensive does he or she worth? How informed, or how educated, or how rich is he or she? People do so, to place you in their own class of those they would want to talk or relate with, as if who you are, what you are is built in your clothes or cars or the kind of home you come from, no! But I think that gives them some feeling of significance; that is why some people carry big titles everywhere they go.

Lasting relationships begins with niceties, you meet someone for the first time and the manner with which you receive one another and begun your conversations goes a long way to tell if you will be stuck with one another for long or not.

I think the keywords here are: “Hey! How’re you doing? Good to meet you! I love you! And I’m Sorry!” These are words of immense importance to any and every kind of relationship. For us on this side of life, Christianity, we do not have the luxury of treating people the way we like. We have an obligation to love and treat everyone just the same as we would love to be treated. So, we cannot afford to act at whim where people are concerned, we commanded by God to love!

For couples who are so eager to call it quits and throw in the towel on your relationship because things aren’t ‘perfect,’…here is some food for thought; life long ‘commitment’ is not what most people think it is. It’s not just waking up every morning to make breakfast and eat together. It’s not just cuddling in bed until both of you fall asleep. It’s not just a clean home filled with laughter and love making everyday.

Sometimes, it’s about someone who steals all the covers, and snores, it’s about slammed doors and a few harsh words at times. It’s stubbornly disagreeing and giving each other the silent treatment until your hearts heal, and then forgiveness. Sometimes, it’s coming home to the same person everyday that you know loves and cares about you in spite of and because of who you are. It’s laughing about the “one” time you accidentally did something stupid. It’s about the dirty laundry and unmade beds. It’s about helping each other with the hard work of life. It’s about swallowing the nagging words instead of speaking them out loud. It’s about eating the easiest meals you can make and sitting down together late hours because you both had a crazy day. It’s a quick smile as you pass each other on the road while running kids! It’s when you had an emotional day and your love still holds you tight, and tells you everything is going to be okay. And you believe them!

It’s about still loving someone even though sometimes they make you absolutely insane. Loving people isn’t always easy, sometimes, it’s hard. But it is amazing and comforting and one of the best things God had in mind for us.

It’s wonderful to come back home to someone who loves you. When the day seemed so bad and annoying, it’s nice to to back into the arms of your lover and cry your worries away or have your heart revived with love.

The antidote to a failing or a strong relationship is learning to say I’m sorry, I love you and sticking with each other.

May God Bless your relationship.

Real, Fake Or Dead, We Want Progress, The Change You Promised!

Real, Fake or dead, Buhari poses a threat to our progress as a country. Whilst many will gloss over and paint your activities and tell you that you’re on course while you’re not is an issues we know you must address.

Your war against corruption leaves no room but to see that that’s a war that is not fair because it has only empowered your people against others.

The death of silence Aso Rock has shown on this case and other cases that require urgency like the issues of insurgency; Boko Haram and Herdsmen’s rampage in villages necessitated all the speculations made. However, this is not to say that possibilities of the truth of the matter (Buhari double) is ruled out – considering the kind of leadership we are dealing with in this nation, all those cabal who have hijacked and held this country bound and stopped good things from coming to this nation all theae years. Posterity will not forget your works, at least not in the near future, history will keep records of the kind of leaders Nigeria have had.

The people have no power to resist you, they don’t do nor have the power to stop you from inflicting more pains on them than you have already done because you are a force, you have military support, you have the guns and the military backup to wield terror on the masses and no man would dare to stop you; you have the venom (international recognition), strong enough to spit out upon your opposition (the masses) and they will be silenced forever but there is a greater power that you know nothing about, maybe you do know but choose to silence and ignore it because it tells otherwise. You pride yourselves in who you are, what you have achieved and who you know.

Yesterday, Tunde Olusola penned down accolades for and on president Mohammadu Buhari, read the accounts below. Tunde began write up acknowledging the God who created all of humanity.

He is awesome. He is God. His awesomeness flows from an amazing simplicity, which created Man – the ultimate mammal – from mere clay and breath, after forging the universe and everything thereof with the ‘Let-there-be’ phrase. The beauty of creation laid in its simplicity and sophistication until Man murdered simplicity to worship eternally at the altar of complication.

Though simple in outlook, Nigerians loved and respected their President, on whom they showered enormous goodwill. But complication soon set in and the hue of governance changed from light to darkness.

“I’m Not Jubril From Sudan!” – Buhari Finally Reacts To Death Rumours

President Muhammadu Buhari is dead. He died since early last year. He’s cloned. A certain body double and Sudanese Fulani prisoner, Jubril, is bestriding Aso Rock, the nation’s seat of power in Buhari’s stead. The rumour mill is busy. However, conspiracy and whispering, the two ancient companions of gossiping, are missing in the Buhari-is-dead rumour-mongering. These rumour- mongers don’t beat silent gongs; they have modern mass communication gadgets. They don’t whisper to the ears, conspiratorially; they roar on rooftops, defiantly. They belong to the political elite that have been feeding fat on the ignorance, illiteracy and vulnerability of the masses – long before Lord Frederick Lugard lowered the Union Jack in Nigeria on October 1, 1960. These mongers are bold and daring. Buhari has joined his ancestors, they insisted, quoting the time, the date and the circumstances of the death. Prominent among the rumour-mongers is a pro-Biafra misfit leader, whose name isn’t worth dignifying with a mention. Another is a former minister, a lawyer and backscratcher from the South-West, who has a penchant for speaking before thinking. Both are self-seeking hustlers who daily crave for media attention, which I’m not ready to oblige here.

While the former is attired in a self-imposed, oversized pro-ethnic garment atop a pair of outsized shoes, the latter, a rabble-rouser, is just an opportunist on the trail of the whiff of money. Going by his recent misguided messages online, the so-called charlatan spiritual leader, who spoke from a foreign land recently, is eminently unarmed for the great task which Igbo self-determinism entails. This jester from the land of the rising sun and the hoaxer from the land of the setting sun are only exploiting the self-inflicted woes President Muhammadu Buhari brought upon himself, his All Progressives Congress and the country, in general.

They said the real Buhari died a long time ago for the fake Buhari to germinate on the Rock of Aso. No! But by being deceitful, ineffective, insincere, unfeeling, non-proactive and distant to the masses, Buhari provided the pseudo pro-Igbo activist, the Yoruba braggart and their numerous co-travellers sufficient paint to write, “Rest in Peace, President Muhammadu Buhari: (1942-2016),” on a cheap coffin purchased in the nation’s political arena, where commonsense is absent.

For me, the real Buhari is not dead. The real Buhari surfaced on the nation’s political terrain on the last day of 1983 when he led a gang of military boys to overthrow the prodigal Shehu Shagari civilian administration. The real Buhari started the War Against Indiscipline and brought back sanity to a corrupt nation, though some of his policies backfired, resulting in inflation and concomitant gnashing of teeth among the citizenry. The real Buhari was rigid and tough. He commanded respect and fear within the military and across the country. The real Buhari was the no -nonsense, low – profile Daura cattle owner, whose military pedigree Nigerians chose at the poll in 2015 over the corrupt, unimaginative and small-minded Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Though a creation of the political elite, the masses believe in the existence of the fake Buhari because their hope for a better tomorrow through the real Buhari they voted for in March 2015 has been wickedly dashed. The prevarication in Buhari’s popular line, “I am for everybody. And I’m for nobody,” cemented the insincerity and confusion of his government, as it let out a sign of weakness which political hounds exploited. Nigerians voted for security; they got blood on their streets. They voted for prosperity, but poverty stalks the land, increasing suicide rate. They voted for unity; they got clannishness. They voted for justice, they got selective justice. They voted for the uprooting of Boko Haram; Boko Haram flourished and gave birth to killer herdsmen. They voted for compassion; they got hatred and conspiracy.

What else would we wish for in this government? Every good wish is dashed, every goodwill is dashed! Our efforts dashed, our talents, abilities, knowledge, education, hope all dashed, we stand with nothing in our hands like a cursed orphan which- nature and society has cursed!

This morning, the news carried that Buhari has chosen these four ways to respond to his death promoters:

1. People who spread the rumours are ignorant: According to Buhari, it is ignorant and satanic to say he is a clone from Sudan or anywhere else for that matter.
“A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. Those who spread the rumour are ignorant and irreligious,” the president said.
2. Buhari says he was not surprised by what the tale bearers were able to come up with. One of the questions that came up today in my meeting with Nigerians in Poland was on the issue of whether I‘ve been cloned or not: The ignorant rumours are not surprising – when I was away on medical vacation last year, a lot of people hoped I was dead,” he said.
3. Some politicians were already fighting over how to become Osinbajo’s vice president, believing that Buhari was dead: There was already a power play among the political class over who should be Osinbajo’s vice president. In other words, the lobbying for the VP position was intense. Buhari said; “Poor Prof Osinbajo (his deputy). Even he had to deal with the rumours. Some people reached out to him to consider them to be his vice president because they assumed I was dead. That embarrassed him a lot; we discussed it when he visited me while I was convalescing.”
4. Buhari says he is going strong and will still be around for a while. In the president’s words: “I can assure you all that this is the real me. Later, this month I will celebrate my 76th birthday. And I’m still going strong!” So yeah, there you have it.

President Buhari is accompanied to Poland by some state governors (Presidency).

So, what? Everything was rumours as you alleged. What is the way forward? What is our next step as a country? What does the visit to Poland portend for us as a nation? Or you just traveled to address and fault these allegations?

What are we pursuing as an agenda for betterment as a nation? You didn’t address that…

In all these drama, this is my take. There has never been any nation who plays the kind of drama the Nigeria government is playing and get away with it, the masses will lynch and skin them naked. Yeah! Some nations are making drama/cinemas and movies, which have become a source of their income. For example, countries like China, India, American and lots of other nations have recorded and still recording landslide achievements with their entertainment industry. Where is our drama leading us? What do we stand to gain after all the drama is finished and we’re back to reality? Or we’re just playing hide and seek, wasting precious time like we have recorded in the past four (4) years? However, those countries we just mentioned don’t even play drama in government houses, their government enforce and enforce and regulate laws that spur their people into hard work and innovative thinking and activities, they play those dramas at the appropriate places, where they will matter and send those dramas where they will yield them dividends.

When dramas are played in government houses and no work is done, it’s a sure sign that the government lack vision and direction and that will consequently plunge the nation into a grave economic crisis.

Buhari alleged that people wanted him dead during his illness, why would people want Buhari dead?

We have always known that when people begin to talk about certain things, it should not just be pushed aside and ignored, there is the need to look into those complaints again because from the mouth of two witnesses issues are established!

Do not look at Nigerians and think they will just swallow everything you bring on the table without questioning especially when it is not and has not worked, not bringing in good results, rather, it’s been a waste of time and resources.

Nigerians want answers, sir! Stop the drama, stop the stage acts and give us answers.

Life is simple!

The path to true life is simple, find God and you will find life for God is life.

And you will find God when you’ve found Christ who is the way to God!

As it were, its simplicity takes away all the complexities some us humans have adopted and into their lifestyles which have made it kind of difficult for persons to lead a normal, natural self. When we see life from a natural point of view, from a view of how God sees us, it will allow us room to accept, relate with everyone from their own ways of life, that is from a general point of view and not from our own perception of how life should be lived.

People want respect, everybody wants to know that the people they relate with have regard and respect for them. Nobody wants to be around anyone who disrespect them, we all want to matter, have some feeling of importance and significance. There is no one on the face of this earth who would live comfortably around people who put them down, play down on their self respect (esteem). Everybody loves and respects those with whom they’re comfortable being around with, those let’s them just be themselves, no guise, no pretence, not trying to belong or fit into a group or a wannabes.

Afore hand, God created us all humans – man or woman. He did not careful to want to categorize us as Black, White, Colored or Coccasian. God is God, He has no divisions and variances amongst him. We were first His creations and not people from this race, that tribe or language or those who want to be Christians or Muslims. We were first God’s handiworks before we became people of this or that language or religion. If this is true, then, we were just one people, children of the same father, God!

From the outset, we were of all one tribe, one language and one religion -God’s. Where then, did it all go wrong?

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” – Genesis 11:1-9 KJV.

The people began a protest, because they were advancing in their scopes of reasoning, experiences and experimentations. Progressively, they were acquiring and gaining knowledge of sciences and technologies growing and developing amongst the people, they were beginning the manifest the God nature in them, the power of imaginations. And they were getting set to unseat God from His throne in Heaven.

And God said, “Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do!”

And God confused our languages. Whenever we get so haughty and begin to carry our own agendas, become so ambitious to want to outrun God by trying to erect towers in our minds or hearts that will push God’s off His seat or position as God in our lives, that’s the day we miss it. He beats us to our game by confusing our imaginations and language, disuniting human ambitions.

WHAT IS RELIGION?
Religion has never been able to replace true love and service for God, with our gods. Instead, religion has actually destroyed every true form of relationship man ever enjoyed with God.

Religion, to many a people could be regarded as an access to God but it is not. Religion is something you do consistently that has become a part and parcel of daily routine, it can be defined as a cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to the supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements. However, there is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion.

Different religions may or may not contain various elements ranging from the divine, sacred things, faith, a supernatural being or supernatural beings or “some sort of ultimacy and transcendence that will provide norms and power for the rest of life.” Religious practices may include rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration (of deities), sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trances, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture. Religions have sacred histories and narratives, which may be preserved in sacred scriptures, and symbols and holy places, that aim mostly to give a meaning to life. Religions may contain symbolic stories, which are sometimes said by followers to be true, that have the side purpose of explaining the origin of life, the universe, and other things. Traditionally, faith, in addition to reason, has been considered a source of religious beliefs.

TYPES OF RELIGIONS:
Ultimately, there is are an estimate of say 10,000 distinctive religions worldwide, but about 84% of the world’s population is affiliated with one off the five largest religious groups, namely: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucius or forms of folk religions. The religiously unaffiliated demographic includes those who do not identify with any particular religion, Atheists and Agnostics. While the religiously unaffiliated have grown globally, many of the religiously unaffiliated still have various religious beliefs.

The study of religion encompasses a very wide variety of academic disciplines, including theology, comparative religion and social scientific studies. Theories of religion offer various explanations for the origins and workings of religion, including the ontological foundations of religious being and belief.

The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

“Ideas about the relationship between science and religion” synonyms: faith, belief, divinity, worship, creed, teaching, doctrine, theology. More definitions; a particular system of faith and worship. Plural noun: religions “the world’s great religions,” a pursuit of an interest followed with great devotion. “Consumerism is the new religion.”

WHO CREATED RELIGIONS?
If we had followed the definitions of religion from the start, we will realize that religion is what people perceives as what they think, feel and believe God wants to be worshipped and served. But God, as Christianity holds, does not have a particular way (routine), patterns man must follow or do things as an act of worship, obeisance or service to Him. God is not a man, He cannot be boxed or confined to patterns, God is a Spirit, He works at will. Like the wind that blows, no one can tell from whence it cometh or to where it goeth that’s how God operates. God could come this way today and the other way the next moment, no can question He moves or ways {you could call it controversial but that’s just God for you. He is absolutely independent or human decisions and patterns – unpredictable)}.

CHRISTIANITY, IS IT ALSO A RELIGION?

For us, we cannot allow ourselves be confused by patterns and modeled ways and rituals but we must allow the Holy Spirit lead us. We must hold fast to the leading of the Spirit of God in our lives. For those who must serve God, must serve Him in spirit and in truth and must believe that He is the one and true God.

Amongst all those religions listed above, one thing stands sure, Christianity does not give us patterns or rituals, rather, it gives us a ways of life and points us to love and to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. It shows us a God who is triune in nature – God, the Father, God, the Son and God, the Holy Spirit (three in one God), who gave His life for our eternal redemption, saved us from the curse of sin and death.

God is universal, all knowing, all powerful and everywhere at the same time. He oversees the activities of all men. God is everlasting, God cannot die because if God can die then He cannot oversee the activities of men because he is limited, therefore, Christianity serves a limitless God. Man can only find salvation in Christ and no other; “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12 KJV

We need to align our lives with this God so we can also enjoy this limitless life. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross took away this limitations from us and put on a per with God and made us somewhat invincible, if we take advantage of this life God has provided in Jesus Christ who is the author and finished of our faith. “And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:11 KJV

God Bless You!

The Black Race Were Part Of Chinese History: What Happened To Them?

In China, secrets are kept secret, made a household thing: And what happened in China very often stayed in China!

The Black race is one of the largest and most populous races in human history. There is hardly a single continent in the world you go and not find black history somehow touching or polishing the history of those people or meet the black people in a staggering number. Socially, black people are one of the most friendly, loving and tolerant races even though their friendliness and tolerance is always abused by others. Black people have had to battle gross maladies laid on them by other races and natures endowment of their skin colors, which with one of the most beautiful and brilliant skin colors there is in the face of the earth – Black is Beautiful!

Black people has seemingly become an obvious target for derogation by many other races on earth, working so tirelessly to extinct the black race from the face of the earth.

The Chinese has become the most growing populations in recent times. Their economy, technology, and ingenuity is forcefully permeating and overrunning the world, forcing everyone to submission and accepting their power and superlative knowledge and hard work over everything else.

The world lauds the Chinese people, gives them kudos for their relentless and doggedness where work is concerned. Chinese technological ingenuity is admire everywhere, their hand work and practical lifestyle is second to god for the Chinese race. Personally, I admire their tenacity, consistency, perseverance, resilience and die-hard attitude towards every pursuit, their ingenuous innovations and discoveries. However, as good as they are with creativity, they’ve allowed their abilities becloud the judgment. China is also becoming a pain to Africans as they produce fake things and send down to Africa ranging from food, drugs, eggs, alcohol and lots more. In their quest to dominate the economy hubs of the world, Chinese have devices evil and dangerous ways to kill Africans.

Zambians, Kenyans complaints vehemently of the racism they’re experiencing in their very own countries working in Chinese companies. In some parts of Zambia, Chinese people own their own police stations, do whatever they like. Africans should not be cautious of that?

Is this another xenophobia streaming through the veins of black Africans for the Chinese race? And my honest answer is, Yes and No!
Yes! In the sense that; given the antecedence and evidences of the recent Chinese importations of fake and deadly, food (plastic rice), pharmaceuticals, alcohols, the use of sewage oil in Chinese restaurants and other materials into Africa is alarming. We will not welcome foreigner who would rather destroy us than coming in to do business. We are aware of the growing populations of the Chinese, their land is fast borrowing down and unable to contain their growing number. So, they would if they can to populate of nations that open up to them.
And No! In the sense that we don’t anyone coming into Africa with good intentions after all, we also have Africans living in other nations of the world. Foreigners who have no evil intentions are always welcome to Africa as Africans are accepted in other nations too.

We had black people who also occupied China at some point, black Mongolians or Chinese, what happened to those people?

Read below the story of black Chinese. And what happened in China very often stayed in China. Take the black Chinese who once made up a portion of the population before China’s modern era, for example. The fact that you’ve never heard of them proves the point. But don’t worry. You’re not alone. China has some “1.3 billion people” and nearly all are just as clueless about them. Well, either that or a billion people all swore to never-ever air any (ahem) dirty laundry about blacks formerly having a place in China’s allegedly homogeneous society.

Frankly, even an ancient culture with the bragging rights to the “longest continually recorded history” is bound to miss a few things. The former presence  - up until sometime in the 20th century – of black people in pre-modern China is one of them. Fortunately, though, old photos taken throughout China around the advent of photography can help us to fill in today some of what the historians missed.

Manchu Ladies In Black & White

Author: John Thomson, 1869.

China’s Qing Dynasty, established by the Manchu people who ruled from 1644–1912, is described as having been a vast multicultural empire. But it appears multicultural might also be a euphemism for multiracial. Nothing illustrates this better than the black and white photos taken by visitors from Europe in the mid-to-late 1800s. John Thomson, an Irish photographer, was one of the first to capture images that reveal a surprisingly more diverse makeup of then-contemporary China.

In one of the most stunning photos taken by Thomson, six women dine together in a courtyard. Captioned “Manchu ladies at a meal,” the picture was taken in 1869 in the city of Peking (now Beijing). Seated at the center of the photo are two women: on the right sits a typical high class Manchu and on the left sits a smiling black woman, who could easily pass as the mother of the RZA, the GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, or any other member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Apart from the physical differences in the women (including the two who were likely seated but stood for the picture), what’s also remarkable is that when Thomson writes about them he makes no distinctions - though there were both racial and class differences; some of them were most assuredly attendants or maids. But in the view of Thomson, they were all simply Manchu ladies sharing a meal on a day when he sought interesting subjects to photograph.

Girl From Lao Cai

Author: René Tétard 1919–1926
Speaking of interesting subjects, the young girl in this photograph taken by French photographer René Tétard was, by far, one of the most interesting to ever pass before this writer’s eyes. The photo was taken in Lao Cai, an old town located in the Tonkin region of mountainous northern Vietnam, on the border of China’s Yunnan province. Several centuries ago, under the Tang Dynasty, Tonkin made up the southernmost province of the Chinese Empire and was called then Annam, Chinese for Pacified South.

Written accounts by early Chinese historians tell us that the Tonkin region and its adjacent areas were once a hotbed of various non-Han Chinese peoples, including those from whom the Lao Cai girl descends. But with the advance of the Han Chinese into the south, such groups were pushed even further south, or gradually assimilated into the dominant population. The hairstyle, jewelry and clothing of the Lao Cai girl show her assimilation into Chinese society.

Historian Thant Myint-U writes in Where China Meets India that during the 9th century, the Chinese ethnographer Fan Cho compiled the Man Shu, or ‘Book of the Southern Barbarians.’ Fan Cho describes there the varied peoples living in and around Yunnan. Included among them were the Wu-man or ‘black southern barbarians,’ so-called for their dark complexions. And ironically, the French author of the Lao Cai photo had the image annotated with the Chinese word “Man,” and - sadly - with the Vietnamese “Xa” (or Kha), signifying servant or slave.

In this third photo from Thomson’s Illustrations of China and Its People, also shot in Canton, the author covers black tea cultivation in Guangdong province. A vital element was the sorting by hand of stems and other undesired elements from the desired leaves. The process was normally handled either by women or children, and a photograph of four women in the process of sorting leaves is furnished. The actual photo, however, shows four women, but the one sitting to the left of the others is singled out here for reasons that should be obvious.

What will be less obvious is the fact that all of the photos assembled here were taken by six photographers over a span of 50 years, between 1869 and 1919. And the locations where the images were captured spanned the face of China: From a small town in what was once held by China as its “Pacified South” to its capital city of Beijing in the north, people like the woman above - black Chinese - played incredibly surprising and largely forgotten parts in unwritten chapters of Chinese history. But their pictures offer historians a great place to begin.

Chinese deliberately silenced the history of the black people who lived and existed amongst them because of racism but the truth remains untainted and very evident by the last picture that the black race played an important role in the history of the Chinese.

Following the history that has been killed, and the fact that the Chinese are fast permeating and populating the African continent, we need to watch out for them, taking cognizance of the fact that they’ve been manufacturing fake and deadly drugs, turning their dead human bodies into beef, canning same and sending same down to African for food is an issue Africans should looking out for.

There are lots of evidences…

The Fate Of Christians As 2019 Elections Approaches! With Olurotimi Ajibowo

What’s The Way Forward For Christians?

It’s quiet hard to talk of a Christian agenda when we do not have a common ground, like something we all agree on as a body whether you’re from a Catholic background, a Pentecostal background or an Orthodox background.

Our confessions as brethren does not go deep, they’re mere lip service, and make believe. If however, our claims as one body, the body of Christ would go beyond mere talk, if we’re able to see brotherliness as the scripture has it, then we’re able to conquer our divisions first as tribes, ethnicities, and then class difference. Then, we will be ready to consider ourselves, one body, Christ’s.

In July this year, at the height of the persecution of Christians in the Middle Belt of Nigeria, the Lord gave me a word: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle” (1 Sam 3:11 NKJV). This was a follow-up to an initial word He had given me from Isaiah Chapter 8 as a parallel to what was happening in Nigeria. The setting of the word at the time had two possible scenarios; the first is based on the Church continuing the way it was going and seeing the unprecedented anger of the Lord as He allows the enemy to plunder everything and everyone that is a Christian, or we repent and He takes charge of our oppressors. Either way, the end game would be that the best way to describe what He would do would be that ears would tingle.

On the basis of that word and the prevailing settings, the Lord enabled me to produce a book pamphlet titled “Christianity, Islam, the Fulani Jihad and God’s New Nigeria” which was freely distributed. Things have changed a bit since then. While the major denominations have remained in slumbering and casual about needed repentance, a remnant company in the Church took the matter up and even participated wholeheartedly in the 24 hours marathon praise to seek the face of God and His power for the deliverance of Nigeria.

On the ‘Fulanisation Agenda,” two things have so far worked in favour of the Church, leading to a minimization of the killings. First, a lot more people became aware of the agenda and assaulted it with prayers and second, it became strategically imperative to bring about a decline in the massacres as the elections approach so that it does not backfire in votes against the ruling government. While these may appear as little victories, the motives and agenda behind the killings have not changed nor have they been addressed. What is at the heart of it? The Fulani tribe is probably the smallest in Nigeria and historically, they were the last group of people to come into the geographical space called Nigeria. Other tribes have long been in existence in Nigeria. However, by holding on to power, cunning and deft planning, after overrunning the Hausa States and placing Islamic emirates over them, they intend to do the same for the entire country using the instrument of Islam and turn Nigeria into a Fulani Republic. If anyone is in doubt, they should look around them. Across the length and breadth of Nigeria, their foot soldiers have invaded towns and villages, waiting for the striking command. This is why there is no Islamic evangelism but land grabbing by force, killings and slaughtering.

These plans have continued for three major reasons: the Church lacks an agenda, lack of unity does not allow us to see our enemies as we ought to and finally, we have lacked a true understanding of the Great Commission and even pay lip service to the little understanding we have.

For those who may not have appropriately discerned Nigeria’s political landscape, in furtherance of the Fulani plan for holding on to power, Atiku was programmed to exit the APC back to the PDP so that once he clinches the ticket of PDP, it will be a ‘Head or Tail?’ Fulani scenario. In this piece, we would not talk of the dollar rain that changed hands at the PDP Convention but again, the Fulani Chairman of INEC, the electoral body empowered to monitor election spending and punish offenders, has looked the other way. Thus, as we go to the 2019 elections, we have two Fulani candidates as Presidential aspirants of the two main political parties in a country of about 400 ethnic nationalities. To further confuse us, they are pretending to be fighting or as if they are at loggerheads with each other. How are Christians reacting?

While some are supporting Buhari who was brought in by a largely Christian vote and who, together with his cabal, have re-worked the heads and command structure of the security architecture of Nigeria to comprise of about 90% Fulani (leaving the positions that do not control ground troop in the hands of other tribes), they have turned around to prosecute the plan of large scale murder of Christians and attacks on Christian communities unabated in order to grab their lands for the Fulanis of the world. As we run up to the elections, the areas where Middle Belt indigenes have been driven out of their homelands have today been renamed with Fulanis taking over. Yet the government, with all the security might it possesses has continued to pretend that it is unaware. Others are supporting Atiku as “the lesser of two evils” – a subtle reference to the trail of corruption allegations that have dogged him through the years in the foolhardy assumption that he alone has the clout and financial might to fight and clinch power from Buhari. Invariably, everyone has swallowed the Fulani agenda hook, line and sinker and the Fulani are smiling.

This piece is coming for the simple reason that about three months to the elections, most Christians see no other alternative to these two. If this is all we have, it is the most pathetic of times for Christians to take a decision on who their ruler would be. The truth is that Head or Tail, we lose: and I will indicate the reasons.
If Buhari comes in again, you do not need a prophet to know that immediately he gets a fresh mandate, he will quickly resume and finish what the Fulani started long before anybody can talk of new elections in four years’ time. By that time, they would have finalized and implemented their Fulani republic. And if Atiku wins, how do you see a Fulani and a Muslim, fighting his own stock, and his religion? Has anyone considered what he stands to gain? If it all falls through, he becomes a major oligarchy in the resulting Fulani empire and this is very much in line with his personal interest and ambition. For the records, it must be noted that in spite of his reportedly being more open-minded, he did not once openly condemn the Fulani herdsmen as they killed and swooped on their Christian prey, even in his home state of Adamawa.

So what do we do? I urge us to take the only course of action that remains for us: to reject these two and call on God as we also prepare and get ready for the kind of change that God alone can bring. In this wise, I wish to remind us of the experience of the Israelites as they went into captivity, just as we are in today. By the time they got to the rivers of Babylon, their captors began to taunt them to begin to sing for them the songs of Zion that they sing unto God. It was then that the depths to which they had fallen hit them. What happened thereafter? They sat down and wept, when they remembered Zion. They thereafter hung their harps upon the willows and began to ask themselves, “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange (or foreign) land?” It was at that point they began to swear concerning their heritage: “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill! If I do not remember you, Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth – If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.” (Ps 137:5-6 NKJV). They thereafter challenged God to remember how their enemies plundered Jerusalem and razed it down to its very foundations so that He would remember to take vengeance (Ps. 137:7). Today, we ought to be weeping that we got to this sorry pass.

Today, Christianity is under attack and those of the stock of them who have been attacking Christianity now present themselves that we should vote for them, what ought we to say? What ought we to do? As a starting point, that the two main candidates have evil (higher or lesser) in their trail, our Christianity ought to reject them. Some say we ought to be negotiating. With what? What do we have? And what regard do they have for us when our leadership at all levels have sold out? What you want to negotiate has already been sold and blood money collected. Our decisions, as Christians, ought to be based on Biblical precepts, not our experience or wisdom at interpreting events. We are better off erring on the side of the Scriptures. The Bible says “Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what portion hath a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement hath a temple of God with idols?” (2 Cor 6:14-16 ASV). Again, the Bible says, “And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? (Isaiah 8:19 NKJV). In seeking God, I will cite two examples and I will close.

The first is that the children of Israel had been four hundred years in a strange land and even though they were the majority in the land, they were oppressed by the minority Egyptians – similar to what we have in Nigeria today. We have witnessed different kinds of impunity. After four hundred years of about the same, from generation to generation, it would have seemed there can be no change. But what did they do? The Bible says, “Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them”. (Exodus 2:23-25 NKJV). In acknowledging them, He sent Moses as deliverer.

In another scenario, they were at the bank of the Red Sea, hemmed in by mountain ranges yet pursued by the king and well equipped army of their former oppressors fuming with vengeance and fury. It looked like a complete dead end with nowhere to escape. Even in that hopelessness, Moses dared to look up to God. What happened? God made a way, the unprecedented happened; the sea opened up into a highway of escape as blindness covered the pursuing army until they passed. When they were safely ashore on the other side, God made the same sea the Waterloo of their enemies.

Why should we look up? Looking up and crying to God is the demonstration of our faith and God ALWAYS responds to faith and trust in Him. Secondly, He has given us the power to judge wicked and tyrannical governments. It is written: “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, 7 To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples; 8 To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron; 9 To execute on them the written judgment — This honor have all His saints.” (Ps 149:6-9 NKJV).

The Bible says that this honour has been given to all the saints of God. Let us exercise it. Finally, He has given us the mandate of the Great Commission, His commandment to go into the world to make disciples of all nations.

Thus, when the nations have finished with hatching their plans against God and against His anointed, we have a direct assurance from the words of prophecy: “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.” (Ps 2:2-3 NKJV). But it is written: “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.” (Ps 2:4 NKJV). It is for this purpose that it is written further: “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.'” (Ps 2:8-9 NKJV). The weapons of our warfare are not knives and cutlasses, bows and arrows, AK-47s and all, but are “…mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Cor 10:4-6 NKJV.

To help our faith, major interventions have been coming upon the political atmosphere of Nigeria every twenty years since 1939. The year 2019 is the cyclical year and though God is not limited by years and dates, it is good to know that He is more than able.

Who then is on the Lord’s side? We are at no dead end; we have a way out. We don’t have to choose the lesser of two evils, or any evil at all. In the time that remains, He can give us a Godly candidate and turn the tables. When He does, we must be willing to campaign and queue up behind such a person. Standing together, side by side, hand in hand, with God on our side, we can bring about the greatest deliverance the world has known in recent times to bear on our nation. What happens to the traitors and fifth columnists among us? The Sanbalats thought the temple could not be rebuilt. It will be a sight to behold as they go down with the evil collaborators. And our nation and the nations of the world can again rejoice at the refrain of Daniel that, “the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men” (Dan 4:17 NKJV) There is indeed such a God. Let’s arise and prove it! May God arise and let His enemies be scattered!

Such wonderful initiative Mr. Olurotimi Ajibowo has brought up in this write up but what is sad and hard to believe about this beautiful plan is that the first people to let down are his tribes men. One other plan could come from the opposition that favours your tribesmen and they will abandon the inital arrangement you brought up. So, it becomes difficult for us to agree on any of such serious matters.

We respect your intelligence and views about life as a people but it has always fallen short of impact because it lacks the full weight of trust from other tribesmen as a result of past experiences. You don’t have to take my words for it, you don’t have to take it personal too because I mean no disrespect, but I encourage you to ask around your environment if there is any tribe who trust you as a people, or as what’s people’s opinion about your tribesmen when it comes to agreeing on matters of such a weighty magnitude? If they’re sincerely with you, they will tell you that your tribesmen are not trustworthy!

We find it very hard to come to agreement with your tribesmen regards anything because of the fear of betrayal of trust.

The general notion people have about your tribesmen is that whenever the system does not favour you, you agitate and rally your opinion and seek the support of others on a strategy to counter your opponents and the moment you have the attention or ally with the other party, you betray or turn against this other you recruited into your thought for support. To that end, we feel used to want to fall for this constant betrayal from your side. This is no cynicism, but statements of truth, our instincts tells us otherwise – that you always prepare the gallows merely to ensnare others.

Matters of this seriousness, and of this magnitude comes with adverse consequences. However, the consequences would always be inconsequential if the course achieves its purpose at the end but would be very painful if the other party suddenly reneges and join forces with the opposition contrary to initial arrangement and agreement by both or all parties in the initial agreement.

The bogey in the dark where Christianity is concerned is that most of us still hold fast to tribe. Like I mentioned earlier, especially those of us who are of the Yoruba enclave. You have great respect for anything and everything so long as a Yoruba person heads it but you’re hardly involved in or with anything your people do not participate in, and I do not think that’s a good signal.

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