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By Jerry Dan-Goldman
Published September 15th, 2014


A nation whose leaders are so corrupt to the point of allegedly using innocent lives as rituals for their entrenchment in power. Said the Nobel Luarete Wole Soyinka, “a culture of civic callousness, a coarsening of sensibilities and, a general human disregard. It affirmed the acceptance, even domination of lurid practices where children are often victims of unconscionable abuses including ritual sacrifices, sexual enslavement, and worse”. A nation whose media have betrayed the trust of the people aiding and abetting the crimes of the political elites. A nation whose judicial system daily denies justice to the poor and the masses, a nation whose ruling class and elites daily trample down the rights of the average citizenry seeks divine intervention.

A nation who’s every government agency is laden with corruption. A nation whose Church leaders instead of turning the nation towards repentance addressing the corrupt state of its citizenry is busy turning the people towards self gratification telling them that the most important thing on earth is material acquisition. A nation that drinks scorn like water and keeps company with evil doers and associate with wicked men seeks God’s intervention.


Now is it deliverance that we need or national repentance? Are well all not supposed to go to God and beg for forgiveness for allowing ungodliness to fester in the nation? Or who can boast that he has not actually benefited from the fruit of corruption in this nation?

Is it the Civil Service (Federal and State) who cannot pass a file except they have been given a tip? Or the people of the Judicial System, or the Police Force or the military? Or are even the people as lowly esteemed as the teachers excused because they are part of the rotten Civil Service who even go the extra mile of destroying the future of hundreds of thousands of students through the gains of exam malpractices? Shall we give the sole exception to the nation’s clergy who have divine mandate to turn the heart of the people away from sin but instead demonstrate to the people that what matters most is the paying of tithes and offerings and the bringing of the first fruits?


For God speaks once and a second time,

But no one pays attention,

 In a dream, a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon people while they sleep in their beds. Then he uncovers their ear and impresses* his instruction upon them, to turn a person away from wrongdoing And to protect a man from pride. God spares his soul from the pit, His life from perishing by the sword.  A person is also reproved by pain on his bed and by the constant distress of his bones, so that his very being loathes bread, and he rejects even fine food.  His flesh wastes away from sight, and his bones that were hidden now protrude. His soul draws near to the pit; His life to those who bring death.

If there is a messenger for him, one advocate out of a thousand, to tell to man what is upright.

Then God shows him favor and says,

‘Spare him from going down into the pit!

I have found a ransom!  Let his flesh become fresher than in youth;

Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor.’ He will entreat God, who will accept him, and he will see His face with shouts of joy, and He will restore His righteousness to mortal man.

That person will declare to men, ‘I have sinned and distorted what is right,

But I did not receive what I deserved. He has redeemed my soul from going into the pit, and my life will see the light.’

Indeed, God does all these things, twice, three times, for a man, to bring him back from the pit, So that he may be enlightened with the light of life. (Job 33:14-30).

Candidly though it is good but it is neither the protest nor the media hype that will deliver us from the scourge of Boko Haram. Only God can do this by giving those in the helm of affairs the strategy to deal with the insurgencies. ##

Jerry Dan-Goldman, a brand specialist and social reformer lives in Lagos with his family



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