Your Excellency, Mr. President, permit the liberty I take in addressing this open letter to you. I am a bona fide Nigerian and a senior citizen. I am by the grace of GOD past eighty-four years walking this earth. I remain perpetually grateful to the Lord God for the gift of salvation and the unprecedented privilege of being a joint heir with JESUS CHRIST Our Saviour.
I have been active in politics since I was sixteen years old from the secondary school. I was a very active member of the disciplined Zikist Movement. I was a local president of the NCNC/NEPU alliance in Bukuru on the Plateau in the 1950s. I was a very effective and successful Trade Union leader as a young adult on the Plateau. I have made great contributions in both participating in sport and in the development of youth through sport.
Mr. President; my understanding and only accepted definition of politics is that: “Politics is the proper management of the affairs of men – preferably by the righteous”. Because I am told that you are a Christian, our LORD JESUS made a statement in John 10:10 which to my understanding reflect politics. It is from it that I drew my accepted definition. The LORD did say “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly”.
Nigeria for decades has been indulging in politics and governance that uphold the first part of our LORD’s statement: the politics of steal kill and destroy Nigeria’s economy and in consequence, the Nigerian people. I had hoped that you might incline your pattern of politics and governance to the part ‘b’ of our LORD’s statement: providing life and life more abundantly for our economy and people.
Your Excellency’s government and politics to my understanding, inadvertently mingles and battle to sustain the policy and practice of hurting Nigeria. I therefore deem it a bounding duty and responsibility to draw your Excellency’s attention to my personal views on events and development since you became president. Corruption is not just the dynamic manifestations of the sordid acts of scoundrels and kleptomaniacs: it is the calculated ruining of that which is good by any one; group of people, or government. Governments and some leaders in Nigeria are ‘unconsciously’ obligated to make a b-line for membership of the religion of corruption because of the attendant benefits of filthy lucre.
Christianity is not a religion, and therefore genuine regenerate Disciples of Christ should not be vehicles of corruption. Mr. President: the goings on in Nigeria polity under your leadership is progressively taking on new, worrisome and dangerous dimensions. It is beginning to appear that Mr. President Goodluck Jonathan is either re-elected in 2015 to rule us for another four -year term or there will no Nigeria. May it not be so please Mr. President! The prevailing pattern of politics and governance in Nigeria is awkward, very irresponsible, heartless and treacherous. It sustains a season of falsehood, deceit and confusion. These add up to one word – terrorism.You met us as one Nigeria – even though currently a very sick country. You can facilitate our healing and improve our lot by applying the “Balm of Gilead”. If you cannot heal and improve our lot, apply a soothing balm: The “balm of Gilead”. The ongoing politics is perilous and portends nothing but intent towards the destruction of a nation. Mr. President: I persuade you not to run for election in 2015. You are already Mr. President and as ex-President, your privileges will be immense and kept alive for as long as you live. You will also have the privilege of being a positive reference point for politicians because of your noble act in contributing to the preservation of your country Nigeria.
The most unfortunate thing that has happened to Nigeria during your regime is the unfettered advantage and privilege given to hypocrites, evil doers, godless and dangerous folks who found their way into your choice team of senior advisers. They are vehicles of destruction. They are hell-bent on amassing wealth and destroying Nigeria. They desperately need another four years to accomplish their devilment.
Salutations and respect from your humble subject.
•Rev. Dr. Moses Iloh, President, Eclectic Network