Happy Independence Day And A Brief Reflection For Nigerians

Happy Independence day and a happy New month.
It's another opportunity to start again as individuals and as a country! 

I'll love to share a brief reflection I found very inspiring. It's something to offer us hope as we celebrate our 57years of independence together. 

It's inspired by Isaiah 11:1-10

 1. There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

2. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

3. And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear;

4. but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.

5. Righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist, and faithfulness the girdle of his loins.

6. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.

7. The cow and the bear shall feed; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

8. The sucking child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.

9. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

10. In that day the root of Jesse shall stand as an ensign to the peoples; him shall the nations seek, and his dwellings shall be glorious.

For the reflection, we all know that God has promised us a new Jerusalem that would be peaceful and devoid of harm and evil. You can imagine a place where wolves would be guests of the lamb; the you'd calf and the young lion will move together and a little child will would be there to guide them. To be honest, I don't think there's anything greater than these. 
So, while we look forward to all these promises, we have to work on ourselves while we are still here to enable us get there. Remember God says that the lion will eat straw like the ox and the cow and bear shall be neighbors. Well, looking around us we may conclude that it's not possible but with God it is. As human beings, we feel because we are a majority or we are at the top, we will forever remain there. And so we tend to treat others like they are nothing. As a result of status, tribe or religion, many people today no longer have regard for other people's natural rights. Christ is telling us that in His kingdom there is no form of bias and he's asking us to remove such and focus on what's important which is living as one nation. 

Where Christians will love and care for the Muslims and vice versa; the Igbos will celebrate with the Yorubas and Hausas and vice versa, without any negative motive and continue spreading happiness wherever they go. 

Like the little child who leads and guide the lion and calf, we should learn to be responsible for the safety of one another. Note that this child is probably below 15years of age! 

This is to show that responsibility doesn't come with age. While growing up, we were told that we are the leaders of tomorrow,  but have you wondered why there's almost no Nigerian leader below 30years of age? Simple, we don't take our responsibilities as serious as we should. We keep believing we would start taking actions when we get grey hair. But today, Christ is saying that the time to act is now! We need to step up and take responsibility of our actions and strive to live s concerned citizens. 
Today we celebrate our 57years of independence. Even though we have recorded notable successes, we still have a lot weighing on us and dragging us down. Our country is in chaos because everyone is watching and giving good suggestions to help but no one is acting. Let's put it this way, you who say we shouldn't divide the country, are you been nice and loving to your neighbor who's not your tribe or religion? You who say we should go our separate ways, are you in good terms with the person you call your brother? You who say our economy is crumbling, are you not stashing public funds in your account for your unborn generation? You who say our leaders are corrupt, are you fair in your dealings with your family, friends, colleagues and other people?  These are not the lifestyles of people who would occupy the new Jerusalem. 

We need to know that until we start accommodating one another, until we become responsible for our actions, we can't become better youths; until we begin to do things ourselves without waiting for people we feel are appropriate for the job, we can't become better children; until we stop thinking we are still young and start doing what is expected of us, we can't become better parents; until we remove bias and start allowing others enjoy natural privileges, we can't be better citizens. And when the citizens are not aiming to become better, the country will not move to the permanent site. Remember that change begins with you. You become better, then you influence the next person to do same and he in turn influences another. When this circle completes, we'll get a better society everyone would love to live in. 

As we try in our own little way to become better, we pray that Our Lady Queen of Nigeria would continue to intercede for us and the spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel and fear of God will strengthen us and help us grow in love for each other and make our country a just and peaceful one to live in as we wait for the new nation. 

But let's not forget to make our stay here and for others very comfortable. Remember, love makes the world go round!


  1. Amen! This country would be great!

  2. You know, if Nigerians are as active as their mouths, we'll have little to worry about!!


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