Concerning Pastor Bakare’s visit to Muhammadu Buhari on December 30, 2019 and his “state of the nation” address delivered on January 5, 2020.
It is written:
“Therefore, thus says the Lord God: “Because you have spoken nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I am indeed against you,” says the Lord God. “My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people, nor be written in the record of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord God. “Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace—and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar— say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall. There will be flooding rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall tear it down. Surely, when the wall has fallen, will it not be said to you, ‘Where is the mortar with which you plastered it?’ ” Therefore, thus says the Lord God: “I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it. So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. “Thus will I accomplish My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it with untempered mortar; and I will say to you, ‘The wall is no more, nor those who plastered it, that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’ ” says the Lord God. Ezekiel 13:8-16
By this we know, that asking Muhammadu Buhari to “pivot for a new Nigeria” absolves him from personal responsibility for the actions and inactions of his Regime, compensating him with a “strong leadership” through “strong institutions,’ result-oriented policies, and a legacy of strong succession”.
Unitarist Nigeria, the active suppression of Self-Determination, under the banner of “forging a nation…” and now anchored on Fulani/Northern Hegemony of the Buhari Regime, as the pivot for a “new Nigeria”, is the wall Pastor Bakare plastered with untempered mortar.
Concerning Herbert Macaulay.
Ajayi Crowther, his grandfather, a “man of God” and an Apostle of Self-Determination who no doubt influenced him, went about his mission by, among others, translating the Bible into Yoruba Language and other African Languages while simultaneously engaged in the development of the Languages and their Nations as a means of deconstructing the colonial definition of the African.
Centuries before Ajayi Crowther, Martin Luther, the Reformer, translated the New Testament into German Language, not from the Latin in use in the Holy Roman Empire of which the Germanic tribes were a part, but from the original Hebrew and Greek.
By this, we know that Martin Luther’s actions was a conscious rejection of Roman Imperialism and led to Self-Determination of his People. This is the foundation of German Nationhood and State from the Holy Roman Empire and eventually the 30-years War culminating in the Self-Determination of European Nations/Peoples and resulting in what we now know as the Nation-States of Europe.
This foundation did not prevent Germany or any of the major European Nations from active participation in colonial and imperial exploitation of Africa.
This foundation survived and survives the ebbs and flows in governance. Some governments would do “evil in the sight of the Lord” as in the evils of slavery, colonialism, laissez faire capitalism, authoritarianism, fascism, racism, etc. Others would do “good in the sight of the Lord” as in abolition of slavery, emancipation, the development of the welfare state, social democracy, etc.
But the foundation remains.
It was the same with the Kings of Israel and Judah, characterized as either doing good or evil in the sight of the Lord.
But the foundation remained.
Self-Determination of the Nationalities, the foundation of modern Europe, was conspicuously missing from the activities of European Christian missionaries in Africa.
This missing link of Self-Determination for the Nationalities as the foundation for Independence in Africa enabled the perpetual cycle of “evil in the sight of the Lord”; for, the evil of the Slave Trade and colonialism served as the format for the post-colonial State, achievable only on the altar of Unitarism.
“Forging a nation….” without Self-Determination is turning up our noses at God for creating us with our National Identities. These are Identities that the massive 300-year Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and colonial rule could not wipe out but now expected to be given away, “by fire by force”.
The Yoruba had always been in the political, economic, social and intellectual leadership of the anti-colonial movement, where Federalism based on Self-Determination of the Peoples was the route towards decolonization.
The Central Government would be based on Regional Autonomy.
This was the foundation for Federalism in Nigeria.
It is written:
“If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do”? Psalm 11:3
Destroying this foundation, utilizing both military and political means, had been the wall of Nigeria since Independence, and plastered with untempered mortars of various shades.
From the NCNC/NPC Alliance which truncated the creation of more Regions in the North and East while Illegally and Unconstitutionally creating one in the West; to its Illegal and Unconstitutional Declaration of a State of Emergency in the West on May 29, 1962.
All the military coups in Nigeria, starting from Nzeogwu’s on January 15, 1966 always had the same justification; for, their primary aim was in ensuring the destruction of this foundation by continuous Centralization and Unitarization.
What is now being experienced under Muhammadu Buhari as to the reinforcement of Northern, Fulani Hegemony confirms the façade of the “forging a nation…” mantra; all of which were sealed with their fraudulent 1999 Constitution.
By which we know that Centralization is the wall being plastered with the untempered mortar of the Buhari Regime from which Pastor Bakare expects a “strong leadership”.
When Self-Determination is not the foundational reference point, the post-colonial State defaults into all sorts of shenanigans as had, and is being witnessed in Nigeria, where “Law” is at the instance of wielders of power and every thought on human governance is turned upside down.
And why Pastor Bakare ignored “strong institutions” as embedded in Yoruba thought process, where the possibility of chaos in government, family (nuclear or extended) or social order exists because of the hibernation of the undesirable, waiting for an opportune time to act; the amelioration of which is possible only when “strong institutions” exist to keep the undesirable at bay. That this possibility permeates the consciousness ensures self-regulating behaviors.
A phenomenon expressed in the saying: “hibernation of the undesirable engenders social harmony”;(ilu t’o toro, omo ita won ko tii d’agba ni). The undesirables gain the upper hand when the foundation become weakened thus enabling their emergence from hibernation, as being proved by contemporary history.
“The Lord tests the righteous” Psalm 11:5(a)
God already provided a template for a Nigerian Nationhood through the realities of her Nationalities, which is possible only through Federalism based on their Self-Determination. This is the call of the righteous. And it shall be well with them.
Through it all, through it all,
Thus says the Lord:
“Muhammadu Buhari and his security agencies shall not come into Yorubaland, Nor shoot an arrow there, Nor come before it with shield, Nor build a siege mound against it. By the way that Muhammadu Buhari and his security agencies came, By the same shall Muhammadu Buhari and his security agencies return; And Muhammadu Buhari and his security agencies shall not come into Yorubaland,’ Says the Lord. ‘For the Lord will defend Yorubaland, to save it For HIS own sake and for HIS servants’ sake.’”
“All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us”.