A Letter to God By David Adeniyi
Dear God, It is with a heavy heart I am writing this tear-soaked letter to you. I wouldn’t have disturbed you, but I have been taught by our Sunday school teacher in my local church some years back, that little is the help of a man and that God is the only last resort we have to surmount any insurmountable problem.
No solution is in sight now to solve the myriad of problems we have in my country, Nigeria; and our present crop of leaders seemed to have lost the grip of the leadership they need to sail the ship of this nation to its final destination.
No one is ready to give us the succor and solace that Nigerian people need at this trying period of our nation’s 52 years of existence.
The Supreme Being, as I like to call you, I feel I should just pour my heart to you and bring my supplications to your hearing. We need your urgent intervention now!
Before I go on Sir, please on behalf of all Nigerians I plead for forgiveness of our innumerable sins. And I know you have forgiven us because you are ever merciful God.
Dear Chineke, as my Igbo people will call you, Nigerian masses are really suffering and they cannot take it any more from the self-inflicted messes we had put ourselves. Our mood as a nation is apparently that of despair, anger and confusion. Even our leaders are confused too, as they don’t know what to do again to solve our problems as a country.
Dear God, we don’t need a soothsayer to tell us that you have really shown great favour to this country. We are blessed with abundant natural resources and human talents. We are endowed with rich and beautiful ecosystem, land mass and most importantly human resources. In fact, Baba God, if I say you are partial to Nigeria, I may not be wrong (though, I didn’t say so, because it is a blasphemy if I say that. You are an impartial God!).
As an adage says, ‘kolanuts last long in the mouths of those who value it’. Unfortunately, our own “Kolanuts” will not last long because we have taken it to be ordinary; we don’t seem to value or appreciate all we are blessed with as a nation. Ironically, we are also blessed with bad leaders! It is in my country where you will see someone who cannot manage his or her home being given a job to manage an agency or even a state.
It is sad to know that millions of Nigerian people are living below $1 per day when many public office holders cart away millions of naira to their foreign bank accounts. They are so greedy that the ‘odour’ of greed is oozing out from their bodies. So sad! Things are hard. Even Nigerian children are feeling the heat as the money that their parents used to buy spaghetti, Mr. Biggs’ fried chicken, golden morn, toys etc has now been diverted to paying the ever-increasing electricity bills, house rents, food stuffs, school fees, etc.
Dear Olodunmare, as we call you in my native language is this how you will be looking at us and allow this injustice to continue? Every scoundrel, every rapist, every looter is now being bestowed a national honour when the deserving people are left to remain in obscurity. Even, you, Almighty God did not accord yourself any title like Igwe or Eze. It is now ‘their Nigeria’ and no more ‘our Nigeria’. Dear God,could this be this happening as a punishment for our countless sins or it is just mere a coincidence? Could it be that we don’t worship you the way we should worship you? On Sundays our churches are always filled to their brims with various eloquent pastors feeding their congregations with the word of God. Or should I say the word of ‘money’? Our mosques are like another Mecca on Fridays yet the rate of criminality is on the increase. You will even see many of our political leaders in the front rows in our various worship centres, yet they steal, loot, maim and lie. You will then be wondering whether they are serving you or themselves. In fact to them (I mean these conscience-less leaders), the masses hardly matter.
Dear Ubangiji Allah, it is sad that our leaders are only very sensitive to personal money matters, but too lackadaisical when it comes to public service. Our lawmakers’ insatiable appetite for allowances knows no boundary any more. They demand for more and more. They are never satisfied. Where as many Nigerians aren’t living,but they merely exist. I am sad and many Nigerians are not happy either.
Please, God visit these people with your fury. Many of them have not learned their lessons from the dark-goggled head of state that ate forbidden fruit and died in Nigeria in 1998. Prove to them that supremacy belongs to you, but ONLY YOU, God.
Dear God, though the whole world is celebrating peace today, I know many Nigerians know that peace is seemingly elusive, as it is now in Nigeria. Even our president does not have the gut to visit some northern states of the country he governs, as I’m writing, because of fear and intimidation. Everybody now sleeps with one closed and the other one opened. Terrorism has taken a centre stage in Nigeria leaving hundreds of innocent people killed or injured in a jiffy. The wanton destruction of lives and properties are just too unbearable. We are gravely insecure.
Dear God, please help Nigeria, my country. All I want for my fatherland is peace, unity and progress. I want an egalitarian society where everybody has equal opportunity to good life and economic prosperity.
Baba God, you can’t be looking at us like this because it is obvious that we are indeed helpless and our leaders are clueless. We need you God, more than ever before.
I will have to stop here so that you can attend to some other important works you are doing in heaven. But father God, we need your urgent intervention in Nigeria now! Delay, they say is dangerous.
Your beloved son,
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