For Nigeria in 2010…..

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I do not come to you today as an ungrateful child….I’m not unmindful of how You have remained faithful to your word to me throughout 2009…inspite of my own unfaithfulness.<o:p></o:p>

Aduro gboin gboin l’eyin olododo…..and yet I am anything but righteous.<o:p></o:p>

I know you’ve had my back this year….I see the evidence all around me everyday. <o:p></o:p>

My being alive alone is a testament to the fact that you are not yet done with me….even if I had a thousand tongues, I could never fully tell of the unmerited favour you’ve sent my way in 2009…the brand new mercies I obtain every morning without a charge….your steadfast love which never ceases even when I act the fool…for never holding my stupidity against me….for the increase from grace to amazing grace….these are things which I will never even be capable of saying thank you for, never mind attempting recompense.<o:p></o:p>

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But with everything inside of me that has life; I thank you for 2009.<o:p></o:p>

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Standing on the cusp of 2010, Father Lord please indulge me a few requests.<o:p></o:p>

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All my life you have blessed me through my mother, my father, my brothers and sister, my friends, my church and even through the British government. You’ve blessed me with a wife and son to die for… their presence in my life, you’ve daily loaded me with benefits.<o:p></o:p>

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But Dear Lord, in 2010 I come to claim the blessings available to me through my country. I want you to bless me because I’m a Nigerian and for you to channel those blessings to me through Nigeria.<o:p></o:p>

You do not mistakes and there must be a reason why you created me and another 150 million men and women as Nigerians… could have put us anywhere else on earth.<o:p></o:p>

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As it is in your nature never to sleep or slumber, Father Lord you would have noticed the madness going on in Nigeria. <o:p></o:p>

I have come to report them to you…the men and women who have constituted themselves as a roadblock to that nation’s progress…..who put themselves and their interests over and above those of every other Nigerian. They carry on as though they are a god unto themselves.<o:p></o:p>

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I only ask that you stand up and they will be scattered. <o:p></o:p>

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I bring in petition before you, the men and women who congregate inside the marquee of madness..under the banner of banality….their sole purpose being to perpetuate their selfish interests over every other Nigerian’s. <o:p></o:p>

They have no right to do this…..sow confusion among them and bring down the marquees on their very heads.<o:p></o:p>

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They are actively working to set back Nigeria by 11 years….they do not mind the sacrifices that have been made to even get us to this point….these people deserve no mercy and Nigeria will be a far better place without them. In 2010, Dear Lord take them out of the equation…. Let them cease to be a cog in the wheel of Nigeria’s progress.<o:p></o:p>

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They insist that a man who is not in control of his own health is the best man to lead Nigeria….they ignore the voice of the majority of Nigerians who beg to differ…they tell us it’s their way or the highway. <o:p></o:p>

It goes against all natural laws that a vibrant nation of 150 million people with energy to burn will be presided over by a man confined to a sick bed.<o:p></o:p>

I do not wish the President evil…but Father Lord do not spare those who actively want this situation to continue.<o:p></o:p>

Let them have a taste of their own medicine….if they insist that Yar’Adua is the best man for Nigeria inspite of all evidence to the contrary, then it must be good enough for them to take instructions in running their own homes from their own children.<o:p></o:p>

Let it be so. Let all those who participated in foisting him on the nation never be able to wash his blood off their hands. <o:p></o:p>

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They insist that their mediocrity is the best for Nigeria and in so doing infect the rest of the populace with this very disease…..the only thing that unleashes their creativity is when they want to outdo themselves in the buffoonery stakes. <o:p></o:p>

Father Lord, in 2010 at the snap of your fingers put them out of their collective misery.<o:p></o:p>

Let the process of power transfer from the current mob to men and women who will wear their country on their sleeves begin. Let good men and women who have been silenced in this madness find their voices again….and let their words…the words you give them…let those words carry weight in Nigeria.<o:p></o:p>

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They buy Justice at the Federal Low Court with the money they looted from Nigerians by the bucketloads…and they have the gall to raise their hands in a black power salute to celebrate their ‘victory’. <o:p></o:p>

Dear God, In 2010 if any such person raises their hands in such a salute to celebrate their odiousness, I ask that you grab such a hand from above them and instantly pull them up into your presence…let them try their luck standing face to face with you.<o:p></o:p>

In the process of taking back Nigeria for those whom you created it for, I ask that you do not spare such people….let them become testimonies to the truth that ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice’.<o:p></o:p>

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They stick their hands in the treasury and make it an extension of their personal bank accounts….they think nothing of appropriating to themselves the money that belongs to millions of people. <o:p></o:p>

In 2010 let them not know sleep…..let them lie awake at night counting their money…for the rest of their lives. <o:p></o:p>

Let it become a shame in Nigeria to parade around with the trappings of stolen money….give us as Nigerians a new spirit like that….that we will call a thief a thief as opposed to massaging their egos with chieftaincy titles and political office.<o:p></o:p>

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They line up severally…rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of getting their hands on the wealth of the nation when it is their ‘turn’ in the 2011 elections. Father Lord, I ask that you prepare a nasty surprise for all such politicians starting with the elections in Anambra on February 6th, 2010….let their best laid plans unravel before their very eyes.<o:p></o:p>

For those who have ‘godfathered’ up in the false belief that the actual elections are a mere formality to rubber stamp them into office; Lord slap them down with a slap of reality from your right hand of righteousness….a slap so hard it will ring from generation to generation in the ears of all who bear their name.<o:p></o:p>

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In 2010, I lay claim to the blessings due me by being a citizen of Nigeria. The individual selfish end is best met when the common good is advanced….if you bless Nigeria, you also bless me. <o:p></o:p>

Give every Nigerian something to shout about again….let there be some pride in being a Nigerian.<o:p></o:p>

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In 2010, I ask for an outbreak of the epidemic of straight talk….help us to above all things be true to ourselves, so that we might correctly assess where we are and begin the process of rebuilding.<o:p></o:p>

Help us to stop lying to ourselves…for there is no greater deceit a man can perpetuate than when he lies to himself.<o:p></o:p>

Give us a tolerance for common sense….even increase our appetite for it…..and let us give it pride of place in our country.<o:p></o:p>

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For my brothers and sisters who call themselves your children and continue to believe that it will be well with them even if all around them is crumbling….Lord give them a fresh anointing of common sense….let them know that it is in their selfish interests to pray for their own country.<o:p></o:p>

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To those to whom you have given a burden and vision for Nigeria; I boldly ask that you increase their burden and expand their vision. You are afterall not a God to give a vision without a commensurate provision. <o:p></o:p>

Specially anoint and mark those who have a positive vision for Nigeria…let them be the new anointed that no one will be able to touch…. Let their visions not die inside of them…. Let any attempt to frustrate their vision meet with frustration itself. <o:p></o:p>

Stir up a restlessness in the hearts of Nigerians who have a passion for Nigeria…that their passion and optimism for the country will be so infectious to the point where the remnant reaches a critical mass and becomes the new majority.<o:p></o:p>

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To all those whom you have given a gift or a calling that can be useful for Nigeria…let them find their way to the place where those gifts will flourish in the service of Nigeria. For your word says that your gifts and callings are without repentance….let them be such a shining light for you that all men will see their good works and ascribe all the glory to you.<o:p></o:p>

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The problems are so deep seated and wide ranging that one does not even know where to begin from. So I am asking that you do that which only you can do. Our problems are all man made and were brought upon us by ourselves…but I ask for mercy still….that you turn around the fortunes of Nigeria in the way that only you can….fire up our economy and everything else that will make us a proud nation once again….let industries spring up that will recycle generators in Nigeria…Father Lord in 2010 make generator recycling a BIG business and a new growth area of the economy…let the electricity come on and never go out again.<o:p></o:p>

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As implausible as it might seem to the naysayers [including myself], pour out national pride over the nation…let it flow over every part of the nation from Potiskum to Port Harcourt…awaken that thing inside every Nigerian that has been dead for so long….that we might not just be a nation that constantly frustrates and kills it’s best talents…..rebrand us from the Nigerian at a time…give us a new slogan that will be spontaneous and will flow from the mouths of the people…..we will borrow ‘God’s own country’ from the Americans if we need to.<o:p></o:p>

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In all things I know to allow for your sovereignty…..if it is your will that the country does not carry on as presently constituted, then let your will be done….but please Lord make it as painless as possible.<o:p></o:p>

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I ask all these things in the incomparable name of your Son Jesus Christ…whose blood was shed as a propitiation of the sins of all mankind…including 150 million Nigerians.<o:p></o:p>

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Thank you Lord because I know you answer my prayers….I have evidence that you do….I have seen your hand move before…in my time, my generation will witness your hand move in Nigeria again.<o:p></o:p>

I am guaranteed a blessing in 2010…because you will bless Nigeria.<o:p></o:p>

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Your Son, <o:p></o:p>

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