Recently, anything that has to do with church and men of God has come under severe attack and criticism in Nigeria, no thanks to the convener of the Free TheSheeple movement and leader of the FreeNation, OAP, Ifedapo Olarinde aka Daddy Freeze’s audacity to speak out and bring to the fore the antics of some so call “men of God”, who were regarded before now as god. But after said and done, after all the criticism, logical, emotional and all kinds of arguments, including psychological, political and whatever else anyone has to throw into the mix, what remained and would remain constant is that nothing can change God and no mortal’s argument can change what God wants and expects of us, which is to strife to please him, even when we don’t seem to know what he expects of us. And at the long run, it is His (God) will that would prevail, whichever way it comes through.
It is the legendary Karl Max that postulated that “religion is the Opium of the masses. There’s no two ways about it, hence religion becomes the succour that offers hope, protection, chastisement and caution as a correctional and an orientation institution, then that’s what we’ll get, as spiritual investment is said to measure far more than mental and what your human reasoning can wrapped around. The hall mark of a complete leader is to acknowledge and have place for God, to understand that seeking God is far better rewarding investment.
Of the 36 states of the federation, show me if there’s a state that’s doing better than Akwa Ibom state in term of infrastructural development and projects, despite the perceived wastage! Wouldn’t you just imagine that this wastage could be the factor, and it’s a good wastage! Making room for God! No, no, no! Allow me to dwell in this my lame, fable, ferry little tale, that lacks logic, after all who logic hep? For how long now since from the days of our ancestors that we’ve been sacrificing animals and sometimes humans to the devil, where has it left us? Hehn! Wisdom is vindicated by its result. If the things of God would guarantee us the relative peace we experienced during the recently concluded council poll, if it makes those representing us in government to consider it dim fit to initiate and execute projects that better our lives and add to our state, pay our brothers and sisters that are in the civil service and then stabilised the polity, then we should invest more and even more in religious monuments until Akwa Ibom state is turned into a sanctum of the Christian religion edifices, until the heavens and the world know and identify us as a Christian state.
Let me used this opportunity to remind His Excellency that there is still Mary Slessor’s tomb, one of the early missionaries that brought this gospel of redemption to us, the very place she lived and died in Ose Ikot oku, Ibiono Ibom LGA of Akwa Ibom that needs the next government’s available $22Million dollar to turned the place into an International Missionary Tourism sight, prayer towers mausoleum can be built, under the pattern of St Peter de’ Basilika in Rome. Let wailers go and hug transformer. Akwa Ibom state belongs to God. Adiok ano Ifot!