So what if we need a change? Who should be responsible for fixing Nigeria, is it you and I or the government? The truth is while we may personally have lots of responsibilities as someone’s father, mother, brother, sister, child, employer, employee and so on and so forth, those responsibilities definitely excludes fixing of bad roads in our environs, creating jobs for the unemployed in the society, maintenance of public infrastructure, fixing the seemingly insurmountable frequent power cut experienced all over the nation, holding corrupt public office holders accountable and so on. Nonetheless, each one of us have a crucial part to play in taking Nigeria out of the woods to a place where development is not just coveted and talked about but achieved through vision, conscious effort and sacrifice.

Many of us believe that the bane of Nigeria is lack of good leadership, but I have heard it said that a people deserve the leaders they get, is this true for Nigeria? Let me rephrase by asking is it only our leaders that are corrupt or is it all of us? I go to buy myself a printer and the sales girl asks me, “What do you want me to write on the receipt?” she expects I should want to make some money off my boss, as many other customers do. We need to ask ourselves, in what ways are my activities contributing to the “corrupt” status of Nigeria. I have heard some members of a particular tribe in this country use the word “animal” for members of a different tribe from theirs. You need to ask yourself, in what way is my attitude contributing to the hate in this land. These are dark corners where we must collectively light the fire of change and let it burn. To love our country, we have to love our neighbor. There is no perfect tribe, perfection is what people of all tribes and tongues attain by living for Christ through the help of the Holy Spirit. Embracing this truth will stop the killings in Bornu, in Plateau, in Benue and other parts of this nation.

And now, from one friend of Jesus to another, I say to you, we need to cultivate the habit of praying for Nigeria. Some of us have never bothered to because we don’t believe our prayers can make a difference. Don’t you think that suggests that we don’t believe James 5 vs. 16? It states that “the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”. Some of us used to pray, and then we got “weary of doing good”, as no good seem to be coming out of it. But wouldn’t you agree with me that it is time to make a conscious effort to look beyond the mess, and begin to visualize the Nigeria we desire to see evolve? Hebrews 11 vs. 3 say: “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” We need to begin to call the Nigeria we want to see into existence by employing the power of prayer and faith. This is not a campaign for wishful thinking or advocacy for living in denial, but a rising to stand in the gap for our country by praying for her and aligning our confessions with our convictions. Somebody says “this country is doomed” and you say “no, I see change”, not because you’re stupid or blind but because you believe God hears you when you pray for Nigeria.

I’m going to say this again, not everyone is roasting in the fire of deprivation. So, in the midst of all that ails Nigeria today, you could be getting by, or even having fun and therefore not paying enough attention or carrying a burden in your heart for this land. Here’s something we need to get, it’s not just about you and I but about an entire nation of people who are here today and generations to come. If we don’t make the effort to stretch out of our comfort zone and mourn with those who are mourning then this country is not in our hearts and it should be because things could get worse. Personally, I want things to get better, do you? Pray for Nigeria, don’t be discouraged, pray. And you know what; no one is too young or too old to pray.

Dear FOJ,

There is gross darkness all around us no doubt, but as long as we pray, that darkness cannot engulf the land. The prayers of God’s children will burn like millions of lamps floating in the sky, dispelling the darkness.

Yours truly,


Hephzibah ministries.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. seun dada
    Apr 06, 2014 @ 14:18:31

    This is so true! Sad, but true! We need to pray for the change we want to see! May God continue to use you! Great article! I hope this doesn’t stop here; I hope God will light the fire in everyone’s heart across the nation! God bless you!


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