We are sure it was not conceived by anyone living today that all of a sudden, that, the children of God would be forbidden from gathering in the churches to worship and praise their God in communality, the way it had been, centuries down the line. It was unbelievable, but it happened that, for months, in our life time, normal masses could not be celebrated, beginning from the Cathedrals, parishes and outstations, not only in Nigeria but also across the globe.
Our compliance with the directives of the government was informed by the command of our Lord Jesus Christ who charged us to be obedient in all things. ‘’Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves’’. (Romans 13 vs 1-7). ‘God in His infinite mercy has given man every thing necessary for his comfort and survival, yet man continues to drift from the path God wants Cost of Leadership us to follow. Looking at the society today, you would discover that the brigandage, lawlessness, extra judicial killing, highhandedness of those in power and other social vices reveal in many ways the failure of those we voted into positions of authority.
The wave of #ENDSARS protest across the country however points to the fact that more really needs to be done. The general feelings is that the government whom the masses subjected their loyalty to in many ways,even after paying our taxes, have completely failed in their side of social contract entered with the people. The hue and cry reverberating at every nooks and crannies of the society point to one thing, which is, good governance.
It is instructive however to note that any government that fails to do the bidding of the people can be checkmated. We agree that everyone has a role to play in any society but the buck stops at the table of the man at the helms of affairs It is good to hear that measures are being taken to address the issues that gave rise to the latest protest in the country.
Those measures too, should be carried out transparently to forestall similar protest in the future. It is not charitable at all that our independence celebration still ongoing is greeted with wave of agitation by the youths that could have been nipped in the bud. At 60, the future of Nigeria and Nigerians should not be half measure but instead both human and materials at this golden age should be given dose of attentions, capable of catapulting the country to enviable height.
We want to call on the Federal government to urgently look into the demands of the Nigerian youths that are protesting, calling for an end to the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), an arm of the Nigeria police, whose responsibility hitherto is to go after violent crime in the society. We also want to caution that there should be a well thought out plan by government in this regard to avoid mistakes of the past. While we advise that the #ENDSARS crusaders should not take the laws into their hands to avoid further loss of lives and properties, the government in fact has no choice but instead give Caesar what belongs to him and to God what belongs to God.