You have shown, by your walk for peace, that you have not plastered the Buhari Regime with untempered mortars.
Glory be to God in the Highest! Amen.
It is written: “… of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do….” 1 Chronicles 12:32
Calls for a state of emergency; community policing; recruiting more personnel into the military; National Assembly setting up a Constitution Review Committee and sundry suggestions are direct reactions to the Yoruba Consensus on Security, to wit: Amotekun.
By this we know that these are attempts at neutralizing the Consensus by way of another working to the answer, going by the conclusions of previous Review Committees, “public debates” and “Conferences”- IMF debates, Political Bureau, Niki Tobi’s Constitutional Review, Abubakar’s consultations, Obasanjo’s “Technical Review Committee”; Yar Adua’s Constitutional Review, Jonathan’s “Confab”; APC’s Committee on Restructuring. None yielded the desired degree of Autonomy for the Nations, Peoples and Tongues in Nigeria.
The required concurrence of 24 states in any Constitutional amendment already denies the existence of the Nations, Peoples and Tongues; for, these states may or may not share similar existential prerogatives with others, hence asking one to determine the course of the other jeopardizes their existence; even if the central government railroads its amendments through.
It is written: “If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do? …The Lord tests the righteous…. “ Psalm 11:3-5
The test for the Righteous is in addressing the false foundation of the 1999 Constitution.
The Federal Foundation of Nigeria, largely representing the Nations, Peoples and Tongues, was destroyed by the colonial military which created a new State Apparatus, and now using the faulty 1999 Constitution as the glue holding all the different Nations, Peoples and Tongues together.
There were and are Christian politicians and military active in the ways and means by which the State itself came into being and now being run.
Christian leaders played various leadership roles in the emergence and sustenance of any of the administrations that have run Nigeria, civilian or military, including those who served as Heads of State professing to be Christians, the outcome of which is further destruction of the foundation.
Some served or are serving in any of the Administrations directly or as advisers, again without any attempt at correcting the foundational anomalies. Others speak up only when their places of worship become victims of the destruction of the foundation, such that, at this time, CAN found it necessary to embark on rallies across the country but without addressing the foundation.
Praying for the authorities without specifics as to what is being prayed for; exhortations ministering to the hearts of those in government; embarking on fruitless peace missions alongside those leaders of the Islamic faith ostensibly to prevent conflicts only to be confronted with further conflicts thereby making nonsense of such peace efforts, only point to the necessity of addressing the destruction of the foundation.
The State Apparatus, via the current Regime, routinely releases captured and supposedly rehabilitated terrorists back into society while thousands of common and petty criminals languish in prisons without any hope of rehabilitation.
Victims of terrorism of both the Boko Haram and herdsmen varieties remain contained in IDP camps, and having been denied their Self-Determination, have no control over these released terrorists thereby enabling them to regroup and carry out further acts of terror.
The nomadic business of cattle rearing almost always leads to destruction of farmlands and murders of farmers, raping of women follow the methodologies employed by the “janjaweed”, a terrorist militia established by the then government of Sudan to systematically destroy the African populations while taking over their ancestral lands.
Routine killings by both the state agencies as well as terrorists with no consequence on the perpetrators, with the State Apparatus ignoring these atrocities while regaling us with its activities regarding other forms of crime, all point to the reality that the State Apparatus was established as a negation of the Peoples, Nations and Tongues(Languages); Language being the only Godly basis for existence.
By this we know that further enablement of such a State Apparatus with powers of a state of emergency or cementing its operations via a Constitutional Amendment is to reinforce the destruction of the foundation, continue in sin and expect grace to abound.
By this we know that there would be no Creation, no social relations hence no society, without the Spoken Word, for God spoke all that was created into being: “Then God said, saying, “let there be light”; and there was light. Genesis 1:3.
By this we know that the world was divided by Language: “Therefore, its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” Genesis 11:9
Our Lord’s Prayer says in Mathew 6:10 “Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven” where what is done in Heaven is described in Revelation 7:9-10 thus: “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
In another place, it is written: “And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Acts 2: 5-7
By which we know the centrality of Language in Creation and all the works of God.
Disregarding this foundation will ultimately lead to extinction and continuous conflict with the nature of the society as had happened to several Peoples and Languages throughout history.
The essence of our faith is Restoration, (the recovery of what is lost); and Redemption, (the prevention of loss); of the individual to God and of the society into which God intended it to be, to manifest the God-nature in us, where all the contradictions embedded in social life will have a Godly foundation through which they could be resolved.
Thus, the questions surrounding insecurity cannot be resolved by providing more military hardware or welfare packages or recruiting more military personnel or declaring any state of emergency or piecemeal establishment of “community policing” but in the Constitutional Re-Formation of Nigeria where all the Peoples, Nations and Tongues will be able to address these issues when they have Restored themselves into their God-given existence.
Countries now serving as models of material development all over the world utilize their Languages for the production and reproduction of knowledge. None of them rely on Languages foreign to them.
A culture of development cannot exist outside the Language of its expression; this is without prejudice to multi-lingual, multi-cultural congregations and assemblies each of whom will have to take responsibility for the developmental existentialism of the congregants.
The Apostolic Message:
The Righteous is to use the “understanding of the times” to legitimize the Language paradigm; to ensure that the Nations, Peoples and Tongues have control over any and all attempts at resolving the security conundrum by ensuring that the Nations, Peoples and Tongues organize their own Referendums on the Constitutional Foundations of Nigeria thus making restoration of the foundation possible. And Nigeria will have a Constitution that rightly and truthfully say: “WE, THE PEOPLE”.
That which I have heard from the Lord of hosts, The God of Israel, I have declared to you.