Between Pastor Oyemade And The OBIdients

By NNnamdi Okosieme

Well, I got to finally read the tweets by Pastor Poju Oyemade.

On the surface, it appears as an innocuous exhortation to action to Nigerian youths.

But then you wonder why our young people charged at him.

However, take a look at it seriously and you’d see a negation of what Pastor Oyemade and many pastors have drilled into Christians for years:

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen”-Hebrews 11:1.

Another verse negated by Pastor Oyemade’s tweet is this one in James 2:26:

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

These two bible passage permit the individual to dream and to hope and at the same point to him the futility in dreaming without taking action.

For the first time in living memory Nigerian youths have taken real interest in the political process of this nation.

Fired by the vision of a renewed society and of a better tomorrow instigated by the entry into the presidential race of a particular individual, they have stretched the Independent National Electoral Commission’s staff nationwide to breaking point with the rush to register to vote in the elections.

Theirs has been an expression of faith and the taking of concrete step to call that which isn’t into existence.

Pastor Oyemade’s tweets coming at the time it did, struck a raw nerve. It seemed aimed at reducing their aspirations and efforts to a delusional caper.

Suddenly, faith, blind as bat for ages, sprouted eyes, majesterially pronouncing, the futility of their hope.

With the pent up frustration at the missed opportunities, the hijacking of the commanding reaches of government by buccaneers, mercenaries, tunnel-visioned and nepotistic charlatans, the remotest suggestion of their venture flailing or of them clutching at straws was sure to rankle.

In the circumstance, it didn’t need to matter whether Pastor Oyemade fired a broadside at them or merely exhorted the faithful to positive action. The mere timing of his intervention as off-putting.
*Nnamdi Okosieme is a versatile journalist and Public Affairs Analyst

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