I write with fear and trembling, oh I write with a scary mind, afraid of the impending war that looms.
Nigeria, the country once filled with milk and honey, sadly now filled with blood, hatred, anarchy, and disunity.
Unlike other countries that are beating the drums of success, infrastructural development, good education, and prosperity to the citizens, we are beating the drums of destruction, police brutality, raping of women, disunity, corruption, and war.
The value for human lives diminishing by the day, pride, ego, and religion now a priority above oneness, peace, and unity.
The cry of mothers heard from every corner over the murder of their children and raping of their daughters.
Who will save Nigeria from the destruction that flies around, Miyetti Allah threatening war, Afinefere reciprocating with equal threat.
Boko Haram seizing the chance to wreak more havoc and sink with rapidity the already sinking ship, ESN blowing trumpet of war.
The spirit of brotherhood killed in its entirety and buried, disunity now reign supreme.
Majority of our youths wondering around with a future so uncertain and precarious, our elders more determined to loot the country dry, who will save NIGERIA?
No country in Africa would have been able to stand tore to tore with us in terms of development if our resources were properly harnessed by our leaders for the benefit of the nation, oh how unfortunate!
Why do we then talk about religion, when we do not observe its commandment?
According to Aboutislam.net, The word Islam itself is related to the word “salam” which means peace. Their greeting “As-salamu alaykum” means “Peace Be Unto You”.
The Qur’an teaches that Allah wants Muslims to control their aggression and approach others with peace.
Quran 2:195 – “And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction, but do good; for Allah loveth those who do good”.
Quran 5:16 – “With it, Allah guides those who follow [the course of] His pleasure to the ways of peace, and brings them out from darkness into light by His will, and guides them to a straight path”.
Jesus Christ taught all Christians to live in peace with one another.
According to the Bible, peace with God will lead to peace with other human beings. Peace means much more than simply not being at war. At the heart of the Christian, the message is the belief that the life and death of Jesus give people peace with God and peace within themselves.
Psalm 34:14 – “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it”.
1 Peter 3:11 – “They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it”.
If the above facts are true and correct about Islam and Christianity, why then are we beating the drums of war?
If both religions abhor PEACE why then is Nigeria not at peace, why is there no unity and sense of brotherhood?
Boko Haram would bee insignificant if we work together as a team.
Unity alone guarantees a better future for the youths, we have only one country – NIGERIA.
Can we all come together and settle our vendetta with love and sincerity?
Do not let anyone deceive you, we can achieve peace and build a united Nigeria if we wholesomely love ourselves irrespective of our tribal or religious differences.
Let us honour our National Anthem that says;
Arise o compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey. To serve our fatherland, with LOVE and STRENGTH and FAITH.
The labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain. To serve with heart and might. One nation bound in FREEDOM, PEACE, and UNITY.
Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause. Guide our leaders right. Help our youth and truth to know.
In love and honesty to grow. And living just and true. Great lofty heights attain. To build a nation where PEACE and JUSTICE shall reign.
Fellow Nigerians, can we honour our religion and our national anthem by coming together to build a nation where PEACE and JUSTICE shall reign?
Yes, we can.
If we destroy ourselves, who will build us? Let us disappoint the external forces or people watching and praying for war by coming together to make peace.
Let’s every tribe be treated fairly and equally, let there be no segregation or favourism of any tribe over another. Let justice prevail.
To this end, I call on our elders to set up machinery for the initiation of peace and settlement of aggrieved persons or groups.
Let us now think about peace. The war that looms MUST be averted.
Yes, we can avert it by dropping our arms and instead pick up a new agenda “Peacemaking”.
Arise o compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey!