Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu: My struggles through life
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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu: My struggles through life
“Nigerian youths are lazy & uneducated. Always wanting free oil money” ~ PMB
ME: Sir, you are absolutely correct. One of the lazy Nigerian youths who is enjoying free oil money had an accident with the power bike he bought with free oil money not too long ago, and he was flown abroad for treatment with free oil money, then he hired a jet with free oil money from London to Abuja after his treatment.
Sir, I completely agree with you that the Nigerian youths are lazy and uneducated and always wanting free oil money. Their role models are in Aso Rock enjoying free oil money without even solving any problem for the country. When they are ill, they fly abroad for medical vacation with free oil money.
Why would anyone disagree with you that the Nigerian youths are uneducated? It’s very obvious. That’s why they don’t even know their rights. They keep defending your ineptitude.
You enjoyed free education as a young man, but today the youths are deprived of basic education. You were a governor, a petroleum commissioner and ahead of states as a youth, but today, youths are on social media defending your failures.
Honestly, I agree with you that the Nigerian youths are lazy, that’s why you ruled Nigeria as a youth and have also grabbed the job as an old man. The youths are too ignorant to even know the implication of your comments. They don’t even know you and your fellow old men are doing jobs they should ordinarily be doing.
Sir, the most interesting aspect of this your truth is that you said it in a country where their government provides basic infrastructures, almost free education, free WiFi, free health care, almost free investment loans for their youths. While, in your own country, these lazy and uneducated youths, provide their own electricity, schools, security, roads, healthcare etc.. Yet, the indolent youths use their “free oil money” to buy mobile data to defend your ineptitude.
Sir, let me remind you that we have seen so many Nigerian youths who were almost useless in Nigeria, but when they cross over to the western world, they suddenly begin to excel in different fields of endeavor. What do you think is responsible for their positive output in the foreign land? Your guess is as good as mine, Sir- The difference is not farfetched. A responsible government plan for their youths and create enabling environment for the youths to be able to create wealth and contribute to National development. Can we say the same of your own country? Certainly Not! Instead, we have lazy, uneducated youths who would hang on telecommunication masts and electric cables to shout SAI BABA when you visit their states. I only wish they knew better.
Sir, Finally, let me ask you, Sir, apart from the free oil money we have been paying you since your days as a youth till date, what have you been able to make out for yourself on your own? Do you have thriving businesses that are providing employment for the Nigerian youths? Have you invented anything on your own? Sir, you can now see that this free oil money is what has kept you going for over 50 years. Perhaps this laziness is not limited to the youths alone, I guess some 75-year-old incompetent presidents are also lazy and love free oil money, that’s why they want to remain in power till they are 80 years old. If we take away the free oil money we have been paying you and audit your life, are you sure you will have any worth, Sir?
I leave you to your conscience, Sir.#copied#
The bus going from Lagos to Benin was waylaid by highway robbers. They got on the bus brandishing automatic weapons: “This is a stick up,” declared the leader of the gang in a menacing tone designed for maximum effect. “Is there anybody here who has been paying his tithes? If you have been paying your tithes raise your hands.”
A few passengers raised their hands sheepishly. He told those who did to move to one side. Then he declared: “Those of you who have not been paying your tithes are thieves and robbers. You have been robbing God. Therefore, we are going to rob you.” The robbers then carted away the money and valuables of those passengers who had not been paying their tithes.
You might not have heard this story before. But, in all probability, you might have heard a similar version of it. Different versions are common in the churches. Those who tell it insist it really happened. But every time you hear stories like this, know for a fact that it is a big fat lie. Only a thief would employ a thief to preach “the word of truth.” (James 1:18).
Consider this: a thief broke into a man’s house and held him at gunpoint. After collecting as much of his valuables as he could, he asked the house-owner a question on his departure: “Have you given your life to Christ?” The hapless house-owner replied in the negative. “I don’t believe in God,” he said.
The armed robber became concerned about the man’s salvation. So he sat back down and decided to have an extensive chat with him. For the next one hour, he preached to him as persuasively as he could, “the gospel of salvation.” Then he left with the man’s valuables.
Do you think the house-owner became a Christian? If he did, what kind of Christian do you suppose he became? What kind of righteousness can one expect to learn from a thief?
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.” (Matthew 23:15).
Tabernacle of Liars
If something is of God, it does not need to be promoted with lies. However, pastors don’t consider it a sin to tell lies in order to scare Christians into giving them their hard-earned money. Listen to one such fabrication coming from no less an eminent pastor than the former president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ayo Oritsejafor: “I know there are some people telling you not to pay tithe. Don’t listen to them. They want to kill you. You go die quick.”
This is nothing but witchcraft. I have paid no tithe in over 20 years. Nevertheless, I am still alive. Indeed, God has blessed me with good health.
Pastor Sam Adeyemi says: “Tithing helps us to secure God’s blessings.” Compare and contrast this piece of sophistry with Jesus’ statement: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3). Did Jesus forget to include in his beatitudes: “Blessed are the tithers for theirs is the kingdom of heaven?” Certainly not!
“Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit.” (Jude 1:11).
Tithe-collecting pastors preach more persistently about tithing than they do about anything else. Even salvation does not come anywhere near in their scale of insistence.
Adeyemi continues: “The way you are a citizen of a country and it is mandatory that you pay your taxes to ensure national prosperity, is the same way that, as a citizen of God’s kingdom, you pay your tithe.” So God’s kingdom will not prosper without tithes? Malarkey! Where is it written that tithes are for the promotion of the kingdom of God?
Jesus asked: “‘What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes – from their own sons or from others?’ ‘From others,’ Peter answered. ‘Then the sons are exempt,’ Jesus said to him.” (Matthew 17:25-26).
For his part, so-called Apostle Johnson Suleman tells his congregation: “The tithe I pay every Sunday is more than the tithe all of you pay for two Sundays. I pay tithe to ministries, I pay tithe to ministers. It’s a personal revelation.” Suleman should be well-advised that all liars end up in the lake of fire. (Revelation 21:8).
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices – mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness.” (Matthew 23:23).
Pastor Enoch Adeboye says: “Please do not let anybody get you into trouble by attracting God’s curse to yourself, please pay your tithe.” This is fear-mongering. However, John says: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.” (1 John 4:18). Adeboye needs to take some bible lessons from Paul Adefarasin: “In this new covenant era, even if you don’t pay (tithe), there is no curse. There is no curse for the child of God in Christ. Only blessings.”
Bishop David Oyedepo is Adeboye’s partner-in-mischief. He says: “If you don’t pay tithe, you are permanently a beggar.” Poppycock! There is absolutely no scriptural basis for this kind of witchcraft. Nevertheless, the bishop is confident no one in his large congregation would dare contradict or challenge him. Indeed, Uche Maduagwu proclaims a dangerous article of faith: “Great pastors like Pastor Adeboye and Bishop Oyedepo cannot be wrong on tithe paying.”
They are not only wrong, they are deceitful.
Some “kindhearted” Christians have written to appeal to me to stop attacking pastors. They insist that I am undermining the Christian church and impeding the growth of the kingdom of God. What nonsense! Their concern reminds me of Peter who, out of the false goodness of his heart, would not have Jesus embrace the cross. This earned him a sharp rebuke: “Get behind me, Satan!” (Matthew 16:23).
Have you never heard? “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” (Matthew 23:13-14).
Pastors don’t promote the kingdom of God. They promote the kingdom of pastors. Pastors are Jesus-killers. Instead of allowing men to follow Jesus, they present themselves as the Jesus of men’s lives.
The Church of God needs no human defence. Jesus says: “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18). If the church can be scattered and the kingdom impeded, then it is eloquent testimony that it is not of God but of men.
“You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” (Matthew 23:24). “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?” (Matthew 23:33). Your time of desolation is near. These are the days of vengeance. Your bogus kingdoms must fall.
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In death, the disadvantaged lose all their disadvantages; while the advantaged lose all their advantages.
Jesus says: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:44-45).
However, Christians honour this injunction more in the breach than in the observance. How can we possibly love our persecutors? Is this not asking too much of believers?
Imagine a situation where an unbeliever viciously attacks a Christian. He kills his wife and children and destroys all his property. Nevertheless, the attacker is allowed to go scot-free. Moreover, during the burial of his family, the Christian is counseled: “Vengeance belongs to God, leave the matter to him.” (Deuteronomy 32:35).
To add insult to injury, at the end of his life on earth, the bereaved man meets his attacker in heaven. They have both become heirs of salvation. I ask you, how acceptable would this be to him?
Consolations of God
What kind of discussion do you think Uriah would have if he were to meet David in heaven? How do you think he would feel meeting in heaven of all places the very man who slept with his wife, got her pregnant, and had him killed to cover his tracks?
Moses says: “(God) avenges the blood of his children.” (Deuteronomy 32:43). But does the Lord really repay? Can God give the offended true satisfaction? You have been used and abused; you have been spitefully treated and you take the matter to the Lord. What type of satisfaction are you likely to get?
The Lord would preach the gospel to you. He would tell you to forgive and forget. And if you don’t, the Lord himself would deliver you, the aggrieved person, to tormentors who will torment you until you forgive the offender. (Matthew 18:34).
But what about the offender; what would the Lord do to him? How would the Lord take vengeance on him? The Lord might simply ask someone to go and preach the gospel to him as well. If he receives it, he is pardoned. Would that be acceptable? Thus, Eliphaz asks Job if the consolations of God are enough for him. (Job 15:11).
Of all people to send to preach to Nineveh, God chose Jonah; a Jew. The Assyrians had oppressed the Jews for a long time. Nevertheless, God decided to send Jonah to them, not to destroy them, but to preach to them the gospel of repentance and salvation. Jonah would have none of it. He took a boat and headed for Tarshish instead; the exact opposite direction from Nineveh.
God would have none of that but decided to take Jonah to Nineveh against his will by a “submarine.” Jonah’s shipmates throw him into the sea and then God arranged for him to be swallowed by a big fish. Jonah did not need persuading after surviving that ordeal; he had no choice but to preach to his enemies. His preaching was so effective that everybody in Nineveh repented and God’s judgment on the city was revoked.
But Jonah was greatly displeased with this outcome. He complained: “Ah, LORD, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness, one who relents from doing harm.” (Jonah 4:1-4).
God’s unacceptable mercies
Jonah was so angry, he wanted to commit suicide. In spite of all the atrocities of the people of Nineveh, they received God’s free pardon. How can this be fair? You simply can’t get retributive justice from a God who is gracious and loving; whose mercies endure forever.
But is there not something strange about being upset with God because he is gracious and forgiving? Does this not put us in the same place as those evil Pharisees who persecuted Jesus because he healed a man on the Sabbath? (John 5:16). Since we are really telling it like it is, let us pull no punches here. Do you know the greatest injustice of all? The greatest injustice of all is if you, reading this here and now, end up as one of the heirs of salvation.
You, who were a crook, a liar and a cheat. You were a fornicator and an adulterer. You were an idol worshipper, a drunkard and a drug addict. You were proud, vain and riddled with deceitful lusts. Why in heavens name should God forgive someone like you? In the name of justice, it would be absolutely unfair for a sinner like you to spend eternity in heaven.
So let us call a spade a spade. If we are going to insist on justice, let there be justice for all. Since all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, justice without mercy means judgment for all. Therefore, I would rather have a merciful God than a God of judgment. Even if this means I have to spend eternity in heaven with Idi Amin or Adolf Hitler; so be it. Heavenly Father, let your mercy triumph over your judgment in my case. (James 2:13).
Life is so unfair. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Some die young; some live to a ripe old age. Some are handicapped; others are bed-ridden with sickness. Some are handsome; some are ugly. Some are smart; some are stupid. Some are fast; some are slow. Some are successful; some are failures.
But life is unfair because what we call life is not the life of God. What we call life is precisely what Jesus came to redeem us from. He came to redeem us from a life of injustice; a life of up and down; a life of situations and circumstances; a life of sickness and health; a life of sin and death.
Life is unfair, but death is fair. The poor die and the rich also die. Moreover, when the rich die, they lose all their wealth. When the poor die, they lose all their poverty. When the sick die, they lose their sickness. In death, the disadvantaged lose all their disadvantages; while the advantaged lose all their advantages. Every valley is exalted and every mountain is made low. (Isaiah 40:4). Therefore, the fairness of God is revealed, not in life, but in death.
The believer is a dead man living a resurrected life. No matter what we go through, we can no longer talk of injustice. The word does not exist in the language of the kingdom of God. Neither can a believer insist on vengeance. To do so is to be in danger of revoking his free pardon.
Dearly beloved, you can no longer make a case about somebody’s injustice to you and demand retributive justice. Should you insist on satisfaction, God will also insist on satisfaction. A Christian who still insists on retributive justice is someone who refuses to understand or appreciate the pardon he has received from God.
Jesus says: “Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:8). Therefore, since you received pardon freely; pardon freely.
Competition ironically is what we are all about, and what we are fashioned and designed to be.
To think of it and how it plays out is now left to the individual and also determines and shapes the personality.
It plays out healthily and unhealthily at times,it goes a long way defining the character or attributes of the personality. It stems from background, the upbringing, the understanding, and at times ones understanding and interpretation of the whole lot.
Sad to say that we were all created with a different purpose in the mind of the creator.
Though the competition brought about our existence as a replacement for a disloyal,disobedient and ego seeking persona “lucifer”.
Who out of the creators annoyance with this egocentric attitude had to be damned,not minding that he was one of HIS best creation.
The competition we are all set for is not the competition at play here.
Self aggrandizement and self worth is what ours is, while it’s meant to be the other way round. It should be all about HIM, for HIM,with HIM.
What is it about life and existence, which goes beyond our immediate reasonings and understanding. It goes beyond our physical presence and all. In our quest for unasked questions our attributes was formed and it gives birth to greed and the race for personal aggrandizement in all forms. The death of brotherly love and the eradication of extended arm of friendship with good intent and the purposeful elimination of trust in all facets. Which are not given anymore rather demanded,brutally or in a beneficial or reciprocal form. In all life and existence is all about getting served whatever you dished out