Free Country

nigeria2Today, the citizens of my country are celebrating with mixed feelings.

Ten or twenty years ago, we would have all rallied to the stadium, bearing flags and marching proudly, songs of Oh! Freedom flying in the air. But not today – I doubt if that will happen. Instead, protest placards may fly about the streets. Smoke may rise up to the sky. Grieving unions may top the Strike gears and the day would be dry. The nation is torn apart by terrorism, violence, corruption, hatred and godlessness.

It was said that in history, foreigners would leave their country for another and seek to rule them. They told us that in 1861, my country came under the rule of one stronger than she. They called it colonialism. We were ruled by the Great Britain. The legendary Union jack was our flag. The Queen was our mother. We adopted their way of life, educational system, economic structure, religion and many other things.

We were told that they tapped our human and material resources for use in their country but they fed us and made us their servants. But 53 years ago, our fathers decided they were able to lead their own people. They began to lobby and negotiate until they gained independence from the British Colonial rule.

But some people claim that we aren’t really free. I disagree.

We wanted freedom. We got it! Are we not truly free and independent?

Yeah, we are. Technically, we are free: freedom is the ability of someone or a people to live and act freely as he/they choose without restraints from another person.

We are free! Truly free! We built our nation on the pillars of education, religion, economy and industry.

We thought the solution to our problem was freedom, now we got it… So what?


Anyway, I don’t know what you think, but I think this is a time for introspect.

Yes, You!

Man wants freedom. We want to be independent, living with abandon. Don’t you?

But is it really the best for us?

I know, GOD, that mere mortals can’t run their own lives, That men and women don’t have what it takes to take charge of life. – Jeremiah 10:23 [msg]

I can’t take care of myself. And I know that Nigeria cannot take care of herself too. The best we can offer in band aids for cancer. Every place in history where man wanted freedom, there was always an impending disaster – especially when the quest was premature.

God-devotion makes a country strong; God-avoidance leaves people weak. – Proverbs 14:34 [msg]

So this is what I believe: the solution to our country isn’t the pillars that have failed – it is GOD!

Maybe you do not agree. I don’t mean religion – the one that has become a business. I don’t mean good works – which we are incapable of doing continually. I mean GOD – the one who crated us and longs to be a part of our lives again.

We have chosen to live our lives apart from God and it has spelled doom for us. Now it is either we turn to GOD through Christ or we’re just joking about transformation.

While I love my country and I believe in the best, I dare to say that the best will not come by chance, but by intentional dedication to do what is right – turn to GOD.

If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. – 2Chronicles 7:14 [amp]

Happy Independence, Nigeria. God bless Nigeria.

From Joshua Toluwanimi Babarinde.

What do you think? What is the solution to Nigeria’s problem? Or are we doing just fine? 

Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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