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
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?
God speaks once and a second time,
one pays attention,
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.
there is a messenger for him, one advocate out of a thousand, to
tell to man what is upright.
God shows him favor and says,
him from going down into the pit!
found a ransom! Let his flesh become fresher than in youth;
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.
person will declare to men, ‘I have sinned and distorted what is
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.
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. ##
Dan-Goldman, a brand specialist and social reformer lives in
Lagos with his family