(OPEN LETTER TO FELLOW NIGERIANS ON SOVEREIGNTY VIII)
Dear Fellow Nigerians
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and women. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered…. If there be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”
Thomas Paine (1776), Commonsense
We thank the Creator of Heaven and Earth for a wonderful and memorable year. Many reviewers of 2002 have described it as a year of gloom but for us and to most common people of Nigeria it has been a year of revelation, of spiritual blessings and of abundant grace. 2002 was the year when most Nigerians regained their sight and hearing and when they began to understand some of the simple facts of life hitherto hidden from them.
Common Nigerians saw with their naked eyes the true state of their nations, the type of characters managing the affairs of their country, the insatiable tasteless greed that controls the life of their so-called eminent Nigerians, the fickle mindedness of their so-called leaders, the treachery of the so-called politicians and the clandestine mafia-groups behind the power game in Nigeria.
The kinds of mind-boggling revelations of ugly skeletons that tumbled out of the odious political cupboards of Nigeria in the last twelve months have no parallel in the annals of Nigeria. We are yet to fully see and understand the impact of these momentous revelations. Nevertheless, and for now, the peoples of Nigeria through contact with the revelations have become pregnant with ideas. By the natural laws that control every pregnancy, the common people of Nigeria are bound to give birth to bouncing babies of joy very soon. The babies of freedom growing in the souls of every awakened Nigerian shall be born definitely at due date.
From what we see under the scan of the spirit of truth, we are confident the babies are doing fine and there is no fear of a stillborn or a breech birth. It shall be a smooth and safe delivery because the spirit of truth has duly taken care of every exigency that might likely arise. With this wonderful news, we have no reservation in declaring that 2002 was a very prosperous and productive year. There was no gloom of any kind in our lives. It was a year of high hopes and high expectations as it afforded us the opportunity to prepare the ground for a brilliant future that is still ahead of us.
In the last twelve months, we saddled ourselves with the task of producing letters of inspiration to intimate and alert fellow Nigerians with our personal convictions, beliefs and hopes. We begged and pleaded with fellow common and concerned Nigerians to read these letters since we were sure of the seriousness of the revelations that came our way through the grace of heaven.
We sincerely believe that as many as are able to see and read the letters shall surely have a change of perception and conception and a change of heart and consciousness about the problems bedevilling us as peoples and nations. We have strong confidence in the power of true words and we believe the power of words can heal all spiritual ailments of humankind. Because of our solemn reverence for words, we have tried as much as possible not to use words carelessly. We have carefully chosen every word we presented to fellow Nigerians in order to convey what we truly mean to say without any pretence, fear or favour.
Apart from the politicians who we cannot stand because of what they stand for, what they believe in and what they do with the lives of fellow Nigerians, we have tried to be moderate in our language but not in our principles. Even when we throw scorn at the politicians, it is specifically to wake them up to their foolishnesses and to help the people to see through their phoney pretences so that fellow Nigerians can put a stop to the habit of building their hopes and putting their faith on the clueless and hopeless politicians.
As much as possible, we have tried to be fair, neither exaggerating nor sensationalising issues. We checked every word we presented as much as humanly possible to ensure it was free of lies and we have refused to get involved with character assassination of fellow Nigerians. We were more concerned with issues than mundane events. We only tried to use specific events to drive home noble principles and to highlight core issues in the life of our nations.
When we wrote the first letter on the Sovereignty Question, we were extremely over ambitious. We tended to forget about natural processes that ought to take place before reproduction can occur. We forgot that there must be a period of gathering and nurturing seeds either in the nursery or in the ‘pouch’, of seeking reproductive partners or farmland, of fertilising the ovum and of waiting for the growing foetus or fruit to develop fully before birth or harvest can take place. Since we tended to overlook this natural process, we went ahead to call the essays, 2002: National Year of Sovereign Conferences. In fact and with hindsight, we ought to have called the essays, 2002: National Year of Awareness Campaign for Sovereign Conferences.
Indeed, the letter-writing exercises of the last twelve months have turned out to be principally of an awareness campaign. We are now hoping that in the course of the past year that we have touched the lives of many Nigerians and we have helped them to see and to understand what the real problems are. We hope Nigerians will share our convictions that it is definitely possible for us, as a people working in truth and in partnership, to solve these problems. If so, let us look forward with eagerness to 2003 as the actual year of Sovereign Conferences. In this essay sub-titled, End of Year Report, we shall focus our attention on two core issues, Mammon Worshippers in Politics, and Demystifying the Contributions of Politicians to Nation Building.
Mammon Worshippers In Politics
In the month of November, Nigerians witnessed a hilarious but shameful performance by the Honourable members in the National Assembly, as they entertained poor and long-suffering Nigerians to one of the most despicable scenes in the life of Nigeria’s ‘nascent democrazy’. The one and only maverick of Nigeria, the superstar and the principal actor, Dishonourable Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe alias FAN gave a first class performance of his life in the film drama titled ‘Mammonism in Nigeria’.
The epic story of debauchery written, produced, directed and compèred by FAN had other notable guest stars drawn from serving politicians in the Senate. In November and to popular ridicule the producer released and presented the premier of the long awaited film at the Nigeria National Assembly of Shame, Abuja. This superstar and a recurring personality in the annals of perfidy in Nigeria treated Nigerians to a well stage-managed and duly publicised drama of shame. He gaily brought the news, which we all knew but hitherto lacked material evidences to back up, on the serious matters of state that our Dishonourable Senators have been conducting on our behalf and in our names.
Most sane Nigerians held their heads in shame, as this latter day crusader or jihadist for probity in Nigeria promised more revelations of the ignoble performances going on in the Nigeria National Assembly. It was difficult for most Nigerians to accept that what they heard was indeed true and that this show of shame actually came out of the Senate, the supposedly House of Highest Honour in Nigeria. A place where honourable Nigerians were expected to make noble laws for Nigeria. It was too shocking and very incomprehensible for most Nigerians to swallow the fact that their Honourable men and women, the most eminent of the eminent Nigerians, the crème de la crème are common felons, common thieves, common rogues, common highway or ‘high-office’ robbers, common pickpockets, common thugs, common scumbags and common parasites. The revelation was as disgusting and as belittling of every Nigerian that carries the name of Nigeria as an identification label in the comity of nations.
The accusations and counter accusations of money changing hands or not changing hands that engulfed the Senate in November of 2002 were the stuff common among touts in the motor parks of Nigeria. These stories should never be the kind of things we should be hearing from the National Assembly of Nigeria. Much earlier in the life of the “democrazy“, the signs were all there that this motley crowd were a bunch of nonentities. The sign of their character was easily decipherable as of those who are incorrigibly opportunistic, definitely unprincipled, obviously unschooled, glaringly uncultured, utterly corrupt and irredeemably unteachable.
In a booklet titled, To Your Tents O! Nigerians written in 1999, this writer warned Nigerians about the nature of the characters that were then joyously marching into the National Assembly.
“In any country where the citizens are alert to their civic responsibility, some individuals now presiding at the national assemblies would not have been allowed to contest in the first instance. These converted military royalists were the die-hards of yesterday who desired to lay down their lives for tyranny. Now they are democrats preaching the rule of law and justice in every pronouncement. Only fools would not know that they are lowbred opportunists and shameless hypocrites.
But in the next four years these are the men and women who will be directing the affairs of the Nigeria State. Can we then trust them? Can the rest of the citizen go back to sleep believing that we have capable hands steering the ship of the state? Can these recycled political and military wolves that have dined and wined with cannibals be trusted to mix freely among the sheep? Can we allow them to have unchecked access to our treasury? Is the little money remaining in our Central Bank safe with these worshipers of mammon? Are there any evidences to suggest that the beliefs and values of these political charlatans and gangsters have changed to the point where they could be trusted to fashion out a sane democratic institution and life for the nations of Nigeria?”
Fellow Nigerians, these two paragraphs said it all as early as 1999. We have no magic eye except the gift of common sense to observe and a keen desire to reflect on the meaning of all things aided by wisdom that the spirit of truth gives freely to all seekers after truth. We are aware of the problem of legitimacy. Why should Nigerians trust our words? Why should they believe anything we write? Who/what gave us the authority to ridicule the amoral institutions and rubbish the corrupt personalities governing the affairs of Nigeria?
With seven words, we can answer the questions, ‘It is the inalienable right of sovereignty’. When every Nigerian comes into the truth of existence, this right is yours without charges. It is a gift from the creator of life. With this power, you have a right to challenge anyone that makes a mockery of your life, that jeopardises your peace and that threatens your life. It is a fundamental right owned by every sovereign to protect his/her life from the kind of hoodlums playing games with our lives in the National Assembly.
The awareness of one’s worth as a sovereign created in the image of God, the Supreme Sovereign is a spiritual revelation of truth. To all those that come into this knowledge, to them are giving the power to challenge every evil on planet earth. Those awakened into this divine truth can no longer close their eyes and minds to evil, to the perpetrators of evil and to those suffering under the yoke of evil. The courage that comes with the knowledge of truth is what makes a difference between those living under the spirit of lies and darkness and those living under the spirit of truth and light.
However, the revelations of the past forty-three months have clearly confirmed the spiritual state of the Dishonourable men and women of our nations as a gang of idol worshippers. They have proven to us through their daily activities in Abuja that they are faithful devotees of Mammon. At every instance and at every turn, they have centred their faith without wavering on the efficacy of the power of Mammon to solve every problem in their lives.
In 1998 this writer, in an essay titled Nigeria: The Darkest Moment, identified the Chief Priest of Mammonism in Nigeria as Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. In the essay, we called the religion of mammon that Babangida, a self-appointed president of Nigeria, founded and planted in the soil of Nigeria and in the souls of Nigerians as Babangidaism. Then, we defined Babangidaism as,
“a mystical all-consuming faith in the omnipotent power of money. Converts were brainwashed to drop all the cherished values, principles and virtues of their societies. They adopted the end justifies the means philosophy and became totally consumed with only one goal in life: to make big money by hook or by crook. Every Nigerian was converted: the traditional and the untraditional rulers; the spiritual and the non-spiritual leaders; the city and the rural women; the educated and the uneducated men; the moralist and the non-moralist; as well as the southerner and the northerner. His converts could be found in every community, in every mosque, in every church and in the length and breadth of Nigeria. Since the reign of Babangida every Nigerian has come under the spell of Babangidaism.”
This Babangida religion has gone deep into the marrow of the nations and through the foresight of an evil genius, Babangida succeeded in building the cathedral and headquarters of his religion in Abuja, which he cleverly named as The National Assembly. From the revelations of shame at our disposal, we can now rename the cathedral truthfully with its proper name, The National Assembly of Mammon Worshippers. So far, the believers have disguised their identities under obscure label as politicians.
However, by the fruits they produce since 1999, they can no longer fool us. They are all sons and daughters of Babangidaism or Mammonism. Money is the only thing they believe. The lives of Nigerians mean nothing to this pack of idol worshippers. The simple teacher of Galilee was spot on when he said, “You cannot serve God and Mammon.” In many theological papers, we have found that God shares equality with people. In essence, the teacher was saying, you cannot serve the people and mammon. In all religions, service to people is a spiritual calling and should remain selfless but it is only in the religion of Mammon that this virtue of given ones life in service to others is turned upside-down.
When the members of the Nigeria National or State Assembly denied Nigerians of the services under which they presented themselves to the people for election, they have refused to serve God. Rather than serve God or the people, the politicians have devoted their lives to the services of Mammon and other inanimate materials. They have allowed the lust for money to blindfold their spiritual eyes. They also forgot the advise of the simple teacher of Galilee that it will be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
If indeed our mission and desire is to lay the foundation for the construction of the Kingdom of God in Nigeria, then it is glaring that the politicians have foolishly asked for exemption. They sure prefer the Kingdom of Mammon to the Kingdom of God. And it is to the Kingdom of Mammon they shall remain while the host of Common Nigerians shall march into the kingdom of God that the Creator has promised to build for our joy, our posterity and for the glory of humanity using the hands and the intelligence of awakened Nigerians.
The more Nigerians come into the truth of existence, the more we shall realise that there is nothing to salvage in Abuja. It is an accursed city and a bolt-hole for workers of iniquities. We shall advise every sane Nigerian to depart from Abuja before its pollution and corruption infect you. Abuja is a city designed and built in lies to perpetrate chattel slavery, exploitation, injustice and inequality. There is nothing in Abuja for the simple hearted and god loving person. For those living under the guidance of the spirit of truth, please turn your backs on that city. Do not visit it and do not do business with it. Let it perish in its sin and wickedness.
It is remarkably unfortunate that after many years of travail in the hands of the military prodigal sons, the Dishonourable politicians alias political gangsters that were sworn into the National Assembly in 1999 have within few months broken every oath they swore to in the presence of Nigerians. They have trampled on the constitution that they promised to uphold and to defend. They have broken every promise made to fellow Nigerians when they gave their words that they would work tirelessly for our sake, for our welfare and for our posterity. And they have emptied our treasury and put our nation in a far more dangerous position than they met. We have watched powerlessly as they insult our intelligence with their shenanigans, brazen disloyalty and reckless self-indulgence.
Fellow Nigerians, we are not that powerless as most people think. We have just refused to do the first basic thing in life: searching for knowledge and seeking understanding about the true meaning of life and existence. This is the secret of freedom and spiritual sovereignty. The spiritual sovereignty must come first before we can pursue political sovereignty, before we can fight for freedom, before we can redress injustice and before we can establish a civil society based on the principle of equality.
Demystifying The Contributions Of Politicians To Nation Building
The democratic experience of the last four years has further demonstrated the impracticability of the current political structure of Nigeria. Because of this diabolical political structure, villains from every community, every local government, every state and every ethnic group have always colluded to capture political powers in Nigeria. We know that these villainous characters found in the national capital city of Abuja, in the capital city of each state, and in the capital town of each local government are shamelessly looting the treasuries of Nigeria and squandering the national wealth. It is a political reality that the communities and the peoples have no legitimate or direct input of any significance in the selection, appointment or election of their purported representatives. The representatives are members of a political cult that recognises no geographic or ethnic boundary.
These villainous hoodlums bonded together by the oath of greed and profligacy are categorically opposed to the letters of the Nigeria Constitution. They do not pretend that they are either responsible or accountable to anybody. In fact, they are laws unto themselves. The present institutions of government are powerless to hold the villains to account. Similarly, the civil societies currently bereft of high moral and ethical values after years of perversion by the villains have no means to place sanction on their representatives in spite of all the nefarious activities the villains sponsored and perpetrated. Obviously, the political groups in their entirety have become a threat to our lives and to the civil societies. In such a macabre situation, it is to the civil society we shall appeal for action. It is no longer a political matter; the problems bedevilling Nigeria and the issues facing our societies are moral, ethical and life threatening matters.
It is with this understanding that we shall continue to advise Nigerians to focus their minds on the possibility of using civil actions to undo the evil of many years of corruption, mismanagement and ineptitudes of the political actors. Doing otherwise will only confirm what the wise men have said about memory and progress. In case Nigerians still have the opinion that they can put their trust and faith in the political actors to lift Nigerians out of the social, economic and political doldrums, then our sojourn in the fairyland is not over yet.
Fellow Nigerians, it is in our best interest to exclude the politicians from the processes that will organise and those that will participate in the sovereign conferences. Let us try the civil societies to handle the work of reconciliation among feuding communities. Politicians are psychologically sick people and congenitally conditioned to seeing power struggle in every social affair. We should understand that rather than extinguish the fire of hate burning all over the country politicians have a way of throwing petrol into the inferno.
The knowledge of the age-long antics of politicians informed the suggestion that it is still possible to organise communities without the cynical attitudes of a political culture that desires to seize power in order that a cabal of hoodlums can secure the ‘legal’ opportunities under electioneering to lord their evil wishes on the people. This writer has consistently voiced the fact that Nigerians cannot see the way forward until we turn our backs on the professional politicians; until we reject every solicitous suggestion that emanates from the polluted minds of professional politicians; until we accept the reality that this depraved calibre of Nigerians called professional politicians are the problems and not the solution; and until we ostracise them or put criminal tags on them in every society and community.
The current national attitude that worships at the altar of professional politicians because they are in possession of stolen lucre is one of the visible symptoms of a spiritually decadent society. If we may ask the sycophantic Nigerians that cuddle to the professional politicians, where is your morality? Where is your ethical standard? Where is your moral principle? Where is your self-pride? Where is your self-respect? Where is your godliness? These questions become pertinent when scoundrels with money can easily receive gratuitous salutations of ‘Baba Ke’! ‘Ranka dede’! ‘Gaga no gwu’!, from Nigerians all in the name of securing a daily wretched ration of gari or apu or tuo. These are the signs of spiritual decadence and of endemic social symptoms of a society on its way to performing collective suicide, eventual self-annihilation and final extinction from the face of the earth.
It is worth reminding fellow Nigerians that the professional politicians are not in the majority. In fact, the politicians are in the minority in every family, community, local government area, state and ethnic group. Unfortunately for Nigeria, the politicians are the few apples that spoiled the lot in the basket. These inherently corrupt elements have succeeded in infecting societies with their degenerate manners, heinous cultures and cynical attitudes. They have infected every family and every community with insidious lies, treacheries, hypocrisy and corrupt life styles. The professional politicians are men and women of easy virtues and they are worse than the professional prostitutes because while prostitutes sell their wretched bodies, professional politicians sell their precious souls.
Fellow Nigerians we have to keep harping on the politicians as loudly and consistently as we can until fellow nationals get the message that the political structure of our dream cannot be erected on the flawed principle that placed absolute faith and trust on any group of miscreants popularly known and called professional politicians. That this type of political practice is the vogue all over the world does not make it sacrosanct or unchangeable. As we mentioned in one of the early essays, awakened Nigerians must look beyond the popular but ungodly political models found in USA, Britain, Russia and Saudi Arabia. If we are indeed serious about a Sovereign National Conference that will fashion a workable and simple political structure for the administration of a people-oriented society built on the sound foundation of love, justice, equality and freedom, it has to be unique to us. Let us sing it loud; we are on a mission for something special, something unique and something very new.
We believe that the Creator of heaven and earth who is more than aware of the suffering of the innocent peoples on planet earth shall be our guide through the spirit of truth as we search for the perfect model of a civil structure that will serve the needs of every Nigerian and not the greed of the eminent Nigerians. Hence, on our part we shall call on fellow Nigerians to let us use our God-given senses to screen off the professional politicians from our affairs; and let us treat them as pariah, plagues and lepers until they showed remorse and repented from their evil practices. This is the only way by which our societies can avoid the deadly pollutions and decadent infections of high-level immorality that the professional politicians are championing across the nations; and it is the only way we can escape the natural catastrophe of a social implosion and imminent collective extinction. You had better believed it, this is a serious matter. The evil and the excessive carnage this depraved set of humanity are bringing into communities and societies all over the world, if left unchecked, will definitely lead to the end of humanity as we know it.
One of the gains of a successfully organised Sovereign Community Conference (SCC) shall be the revelation of hidden and unknown local talents. The local talents would have displayed their mettle for all to see as they work tirelessly and voluntarily to organise and to bring the SCC to a safe and secure conclusion. It is among the budding local talents that the communities will select those to represent them at the Sovereign Local Conference (SLC). We shall again repeat this process of identification of talents at the SLC to select those that will represent the local government at the Sovereign State Conference (SSC). Again, the performance-related activities of participants at the SSC should determine those that will represent each state at the Sovereign Regional/Ethnic Conference. The same process should determine the representation at the Sovereign National Conference by selecting among the participants at the Sovereign Regional/Ethnic Conferences those Nigerians that have the mental and spiritual discipline to contribute meaningfully to the Sovereign National Conference.
If Nigerians can successfully exempt the professional politicians from these processes, the conference would have much of a success. We should remember that the politicians never participate in any altruistic programme without coming along with hidden agenda. They are just impossible people. They would rather see the social process of building a humanist civil society fail than for them not to be in control of such society. We must be vigilant. Our aim is to do away with politics and politicians. It is possible to organise society without the current global practice of political party mayhem that the moneymen and women of the world have turned into an orgy of violence, blackmail, vendetta, assassination, etc.
However, the self-fulfilling belief that the human nature is intrinsically deficient has dictated a host of pragmatic realpolitik policies that are devoid of moral or ethical considerations in most civilized countries. Unfortunately, this belief has managed to slant political theories of governance in the direction of power struggle, of seizing power by force and trickery, and of instituting state administrations based on the use of fear, intimidation, manipulation, sleaze, cajolery, and other vices common with low-lifers of our world. This form of political practices mistakenly called democracy has pushed the world into a global state of anomie. The antics of governments and their secret agents have since disenfranchised a very high proportion of the national population from participating in the legitimate political processes of their society.
We need to emphasise that the on-going craze for western democratic culture of party politics with all the inbuilt corruption of money power can never serve the needs of Nigeria or Africa. It is mere wishful thinking to believe that Nigeria or Africa can import this mindless amoral practice and expects it to yield a good harvest of morality, probity and high ethical standards.
Every good student of history knows that the acclaimed western democracy is nothing but a corruption of the political ideals spurned by the city-nation states of ancient Greece. For Nigerians to lose sight of the core principles that informed the original design of democratic practices is to end up in hell on earth. Particularly, if we insist on adopting and practising its counterfeit versions sponsored by the western world. The devious philosophy and brutal strategies that the western world adopted in the early stages of their economic, political and religious evolution are no longer available to any race on earth. In today’s world, if any race tries to practice just five percent of the method used by Europeans for the establishment of the political and economic edifices in Europe and America, such a race will encounter accusation of genocide, crime of cruelty against humanity, terrorism, etc.
Indeed, the world has moved on, it is truly a global village. Consequently, if Nigeria and Africa wish to rise from the pit of exploitation, Nigerians and Africans must have to go deeper in the realm of knowledge. We must endeavour to excavate the purest ideas that are practicable in serving the collective needs of our people. Aping the West as is commonly done by our so-called educated elites is to consign Nigeria and Africa permanently in the lowest position in the comity of nations and among the peoples of the world.
If we insist on retaining without modification our present mentality, we shall only confirm the truth in the statements of John Stuart Mill when he states, “He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any other faculty than the ape-like one of imitation”. We must remember that the West is up there in the material hierarchy because of the access it had and still have to chattel slavery and slave labour. For curiosity sake, can we ask which race of the world is Nigeria or Africa targeting for enslavement? Can we not see that without slavery and the exploitation of the weak for cheap raw materials and cheap labour that the western civilization is practically non-replicable?
In concluding this phase of the letter-writing project we need to reiterate that the National Sovereign Conference is not about sharing cakes, it is about removing the impediments that make the baking of cakes in every community impossible. Religion does not say we should force charity or zakat out of people. Charity or Zakat should remain in all purposes a free voluntary act dictated only by human compassion and divine love for others that are unfortunate in life.
The constitution that forces a community to give up 99.9 per cent of its resources, wealth and capital without their full consent is a state legalised robbery. The SNC, among other things, intends to redress such injustice in a federating state; it intends to establish a political relationship of equal partners that would freely agree without duress to share their labour, intelligence, wealth, capital and life amongst each other in/with love. There ought not to be any clever manipulation to deny participating partners of their wealth under any disguise whatsoever. The present situation in Nigeria where we rob Peter to pay Paul in the name of national unity is evil and it negates the principle of justice, peace, respect, liberty and equality.
It is important to remind Nigerians that our country is not yet a haven or the paradise of our desire and dream. The daily suffering, pain and agony in the country are real and these are still the lot of our people from the north to the south and from the east to the west. The fundamental objective that dictates this effort is our belief and faith in the redeeming nature and the powers of spiritual rebirth within humankind. Our sole intention is to create awareness among Nigerians about this natural power that resides within each of us, about the need to cultivate the birth of this power, and about the fact that we can use this power to correct and remove the evils in our lives, societies and nations.
As Tom Paine stated above, “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and women. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered…. If there be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” The struggle and the battle for the spiritual soul of Nigeria can never be easy.
We must never forget that we are trying to wage a peaceful battle on the tyrannical groups that have been feeding fat on the carcases of fellow Nigerians. We must accept the reality that this group of vampires will not go away quietly. We must challenge and vanquish them by the sword of knowledge and truth. It is only through the light that the knowledge of truth brings that we can eventually drive away the darkness in our nations. The workers of iniquities are more effective in darkness but under the glare of light, these degenerates are powerless.
Fellow Nigerians, let it be said at the end of the year 2003 that this was the year when the host of awakened Nigerians put all their faith in the power that the knowledge of truth gives to all those who seek sincerely and search faithfully for the truth of existence. Once again, let us leave the political fools alone to their electioneering, to their religious and political games of mammon worship, and to their blood-shedding activities in the name of power. Their electioneering has nothing to do with the project of Sovereign National Conference. If anything at all, it is a diversionary tactic to dull the pain they have caused Nigerians and to lure Nigerians away from the critical issue of restructuring Nigeria. We must no longer fall for this kind of low-level deception anymore. Let us be prepared to face this trouble of tyranny in our time so that we can gladly and proudly bequeath peace, freedom, justice and equality to our children.
In The Spirit of Truth
SAM ABBD ISRAEL
12 January 2003