Nigeria…Leaving It To God Since 1960
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Ese Walter on Thursday of last week alleged that she had an intimate 1 week affair with her Pastor…Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA. The whole world (including third world and first world citizens) waited eagerly for the pastor’s response and they were not disappointed. At least if you are a Nigerian, you were not. It was the classic leave it to God response, embellished with occasional screams from an adoring congregation as the pastor made empty statements like:
God told the Israelites to keep quiet. For 7 days don’t talk ~ Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo #COZA — ‘Seun Salami (@SeunWrites) August 25, 2013
When we asked God, God said be quiet. Thank you! ~ Pastor Biodun #COZA — ‘Seun Salami (@SeunWrites) August 25, 2013
If God tells you don’t fight for yourself, don’t fight for yourself because you will spoil what God wants to do ~ Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo #COZA — ‘Seun Salami (@SeunWrites) August 25, 2013
If we could summarize his speech it would be God said I should leave it to Him. Leaving it to God? The classic bail out line used by Nigerians all the time…but who is this God we are leaving things for?
Is it the same God that stood and watched as thousands of African slaves were brutally abused and dehumanized under the biblical words of 1st Peter 2:18-25….slaves be loyal to your masters even the harsh ones? Or was it the same God that Martin Luther King conjured in his I have a dream speech when he said it was time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children? Talking about God’s children…
Was it the same God whose very own special child Lola Akindele saw in her dream for 2 years straight? The one who ensured that she was given bread and not pounded yam at 3am? The one she gloriously quoted several times before notifying the world that her new book “Papa’s LITTLE Girls” is about to come out, just in case you wanted to buy it?
Was it the same God that dwelled over the August 4th Sunday service in Delta state. As Reverend Iweh Godspower urged the congregation to emulate James Ibori. The same Ibori who is still serving jail terms in London prison for fraud? The same Ibori who robbed Delta state blind, but is still ironically cheered upon by the very own people he robbed? Was it that God? And o while we are on criminal and crooks, let us not forget Dimeji Bankole, was it the same COZA God that presided over his welcome home service after over $1 billion was discovered in his UBA account?
Or is it the same God in our Nations National pledge? The God that is meant to help us serve Nigeria with all our strength, the God that is meant to help us defend her unity and the God that is there to help us uphold her honor and glory? Because if it is, where was he when Lloyd, Ugonna, Chiadaka and Tekena the aluu4 victims called upon his name, only to be torched to death by an angry mob. Was He absent?
I think not…I think He was there…amongst us. Yelling to us to take action, but someone probably said…the lazy words…the sell out words…the words used to protect the cowardly…leave it to God. So they left it to God and then blamed it on the Devil.
That has become the irony of life in Nigeria. Leaving everything to God and taking little or no responsibility as we act in the words of Lagbaja like mumu’s.
Your husband is beating you…don’t worry leave it to God. LASTMA slapped you and your girlfriend…don’t worry God will provoke on your behalf. Pastor molest you…ah leave it to God…God will judge him. Everything is left to God.
Reminds me about that joke about the Nigerian man who throws up money in the sky and says that God can take what he wants. But God does not take any, it just falls down to earth and we laugh at the joke. But the joke is on us as, as anyone with an imagination is able to create their version of what God told them to suite their very situation…whether it is to promote slavery, to sell a book or dodge a sticky adulterous situation. They throw up bullshit, disguise it in scriptures and soon people are munching it up as the new shit! Bathing in the shit…rolling all over the shit and even tweeting the shit.
As in the case of #COZA…people jumping up and down but failing to realize that the pastor has not faced the issue, he has simply conjured a series of scriptural verses and passages to deviate from the point. The same alleged tactic he used on Ese, is magnified on an entire congregation. And before you know it, one month will pass, maybe two and soon Ese Walter will be forgotten and Pastor will be cruising abi flying again…just like DANA airlines. Simply because we chose to leave it to HIS God! #ShineYourEyesNigeria
PS: Before you judge me…God told me to write this article.
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