NewsReel 22/1/15 - The 2015 Presidential Election, Boko haram and Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka New Year's Message

[ Masterweb Reports:  C. K. Ekeke, M.Div., PhD reports ] - On February 14, 2015, Nigerians will elect a new president to govern the nation for another four years.  From all indications, it seems that Nigerians will be choosing between the incumbent president – Goodluck Jonathan and the ex-military head-of-state – General Muhammadu Buhari.  If this is the best Nigeria, the so-called giant of Africa can offer to the world, we have then become a degenerate people and society. 
 
It is also rather unfortunate and unbelievable that the presidential election is less than a month away and no debate has been planned between the presidential candidates and their running mates to articulate how they will fix Nigeria. It’s a fact that since after the civil war, Nigeria has been ruled by vision-less, self-centered leaders.  Currently, lawlessness and corruption pervade the entire nation - a nation where corruption runs rampant and no one is held accountable. I do not believe there are more hopeless people and lawless nation on the face of this earth like Nigeria.  What we have become today is a nation of haters, killers, cheaters, looters, liars, hypocrites, hopelessness, immorality and absolute irresponsibility.
 
Nigeria needs visionary and action-oriented leadership – to restructure the nation.  The nation needs true transformational leaders. More than any time in history of the nation, Nigeria needs courageous, visionary and skilful leaders to emancipate our land from satanic political leadership and restore her historic honor and moral dignity in the global community.
 
I’m not sure that Buhari/Osinbajo is a better alternative to Jonathan/Sambo government and ticket.  For sure, Buhari/Osinbajo may be an option to fight corruption and Boko haram militancy but I do not believe both men can change Nigeria.  Will Buhari execute his manifesto and vision as outlined or will it be another 4 or 8 years of business as usual? My sincere believe is that it’s going to take revolution or disintegration to restructure Nigeria. The Confab report, which the Federal government spent billions of Naira to prepare last year, is yet to be implemented.  Will APC promise Nigerians that they will implement the Confab if elected into power?  The Confab report has candid recommendations which if implemented diligently can essentially restructure the nation.  Nigeria will be on its path to development, progress, and unity within few years if the Confab report is courageously implemented.
 
On Boko haram and rise of militant Islam
 
Whether it is 9/11, an orchestrated commercial plane hijacks by Al-Qaeda that murdered nearly 3000 innocent people in New York and other American cities, or the Danish cartoon of prophet Mohammed that sparked irrational killings in Nigeria and terrorist attacks in other countries, or the kidnapping of  nearly 300 Chibok school girls in northern Nigeria by Boko haram, or the Taliban massacre of school children in Pakistan, or the beheading of westerners by ISIS, and recently the killings at Charlie Hebdo French satirical newspaper in Paris – all these murderous atrocities are part of the global Jihadists agenda. And the root cause of radical Islam is deeply rooted in the covenant promises that God made with Abraham, who is by the way the Father of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. No man or woman will be able to fix the squabble or eradicate the animosity of militant Islam towards Christianity.  Only God Almighty – the Creator will. 
 
Concerning Boko haram continued murderous atrocities in northern Nigeria are a clear repudiation of the failed policies of northern leaders for nearly fifty years they were in power.  The political, religious and business leaders in the North should be ashamed of themselves for their failure to build infrastructure, create jobs for teeming young people and provide for the poor.  Boko haram is 100% failure of northern leadership and it’s also tied to the global jihadist conspiracy and belief.
 
On Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka and his prophetic New Year’s Message
 
I have listened to the YouTube New Year’s message by Rev. Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka of the Catholic Adoration Ministry based in Enugu of Nigeria and read many criticisms for and against him.  There is nothing new he said that ordinary Nigerian people, politicians, journalists, writers, religious, civic leaders, elders, etc. have not said before or saying now.  I don’t understand what the uproar is all about.  Nigeria is lawless, corruption is endemic, poverty is everywhere and the Nigerian people are suffering in the midst of plenty.  It’s a failure of leadership – corrupt political leadership and visionless government. 
 
By the way, in 2012, Dr. Tunde Bakare, Pastor of Latter Rain Ministries and Convener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG), in one of his sermons that went viral on the Internet, called for a change of government in Nigeria.  He also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to resign and attacked the President’s wife, Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan.
 
I wrote and published an article:  Dr. Tunde Bakare Pastor, Prophet, or Politician:  The Role of Religious Leaders and Political Activism in Nigeria,” which addressed some of the insights and opinions raised by critics of the Reverend Father.
I have read many opinions for and against the catholic priest prophetic pronouncement – including those who are calling for separation between religion and politics, church and state, etc. I laugh at the ignorance of some southerners who call for such separation.
 
First of all, there is not nothing like separation of religion from politics. People who make this kind of statement or sometimes ask preachers and Christian leaders to remain in the pulpit are ignorant and mistaken. We must understand that God is interested in all nations, “for the kingdom is the Lord’s and He is governor among the nations (Psalm 22:28). God has answers for the political and leadership direction of every nation, tribe, tongue, kindred and people. He will not do anything without first revealing it to His servants and prophets (Amos 3:7). 
 
We must understand that the call of God does not only limit one to be an ambassador of good news but also to engage in the social, economic and political issues that affect His people. There are categories of preachers and religious leaders. One is not only called to be a pastor, priest, or prophet but to be a patriotic citizen. Patriotism and politics are inseparable. 
 
Millions of Nigerians tend to distinguish political leadership from religious leadership. And this is due to various interpretations of Scripture regarding God’s Call. I think the erroneous views and convoluted biblical interpretation regarding those ordained to Ministry are as a result of improper exegesis of Scripture and misunderstanding of the subject of ‘God’s Call,’ or ‘The Call of God.’
 
The call of God is not always associated with leading a Church or religious organization. It’s not even about salvation or being called to the work of Ministry as priest, pastor, or bishop. The call of God is a call to purpose and destiny. It is a call that moves the “Called” and society from success to significance.
If the Bible is studied very carefully,  one will notice that God called different people to various activities and assignments – some to be Wise Counselors (Daniel), as Leaders (Joseph, Moses, Joshua), as Kings (David, Solomon), as Military Warriors (Joshua, Samson, Deborah, Jehoshaphat), as Missionaries (Abraham, Paul), as Judges (Deborah, Gideon), as kingdom Builders (Jesus), as Revolutionaries (Jesus), as Pro-creators (Adam &Eve ),
 
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