PDP Crisis, Laughter and Leadership

imagesA baby can be described as an infant in young state, unable to communicate … often found to be quarrelling …given to crying loudly when hungry … mostly incoherent in its intent … reigning in its cot of limitations. When babies fail to grow, it can become scary to parents … but what is more unnerving is a squabble of mothers over their babies. I imagine the passion of the two harlots who came to Solomon to seek resolution of the maternity of one baby …the other lying dead.

1Ki 3:26  Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. 27  Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.

The PDP, Nigeria’s ruling party cannot be described as young but perhaps infantile in its manner of unceasing rows which serve only to slow down the industry of nation building and progress … the common man on the street waits patiently for relief that never seems to be coming. The latest saga in Rivers is perhaps the latest episode in a sad comedy series … but the fight for a baby is anything but funny.

To collectively describe Nigeria’s politicians as harlots may be too harsh on those who have sacrificed much to offer their service  … but what else can we say of hapless damsels that leap from bed to bed with no stable affiliation to any of its fickle lovers.  But harlots are also fruitful and do produce babies.  In the Bible story one of the harlots carelessly sleeps while the other accidentally kills her child and devilishly exchanges the corpse with the living infant.  The wicked mother proposes the perfect solution to the King  … ”split the baby in two”. Evil people always justify evil plots.

This is not meant to be a perfect metaphor … and my understanding of Nigeria’s politics disqualifies me from any depth of commentary. Still, I wonder what is gained if the ruling party – the PDP, is split into two … turning the already ailing leadership to a more deformed cadaver. I hurt for a Nigeria desperately in need of a focused leadership dedicated to a comprehensive transformation requiring the full attention of the polity. The last thing this nation needs, if we assume it is well positioned to take off, is a top level fracas that imperils all the little gains already made, taking us back so many steps. Still nature abhors a vacuum… someone  once said “if there is no determination to move forward then retreat is inevitable …God forbid.”

I have read many commentaries on Nigeria  … and most are far too pessimistic .  Mistrust and distrust complement a mental sluggishness that calls everything and everyone in Nigeria evil – unable to discover the slightest hint of purity of purpose in anything. Only few suggest constructive  enlightened alternatives or provide  encouragement for a difficult change imperative as if too nervous the government in power may adopt them. The fear that seems to plague more than a few is that our current headship will indeed transform our country successfully and retain its leadership.  How uncreative to conclude that the only solution is for PDP to be weakened and even destroyed for change to happen … how unimaginative to expect that the demise of one automatically promotes the good of another. Learn from recent developments in Egypt. I cannot see the advantage of another lingering crisis in the leadership party in a country whose Achilles heel has always been the fragility and foolishness of its governance.   Nigeria possesses more than enough exceptional people of strength and character, excellent minds and brilliant candidates to present an alternative vision that is more than a demonic mob plot for the destruction of its opponents. The real fight is not against PDP … but a higher war against weakened national values that continue to enshrine compromise and stagnation in different guises.

In the Bible story, Solomon asks that the baby not to be split but to be returned back to the cheated mother… perhaps depressed that wanton harlotry has gained so much ground to advance openly to the palace. Opposition needs to be alive and well for a healthy democracy. If PDP needs be defeated, it is best defeated on a platform of superior not mob thinking, on new paradigms of nation building and alternative paths to progress that convince the people  to exercise their rights to change in a free and fair election.  Then Nigerians can truly laugh that salvation has come. The ailing  populace suffer even more now that an already puerile governance has been put on pause to resolve crisis … paying the price for delays to progressing important bills, approvals and vital change decisions – unrelated to 2015.   Even if PDP must go as many say … is it not better that it goes with all its baggage, friends, cronies and cousins … none should escape in a splinter group.  Indeed, there are times when it is best that evil counselors are set, unbreakable in their commitment and unity in all their malfeasance …have you not read what the Psalmist said…

Psa 2:1  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing:2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

I am praying that somehow God will galvanize the great potential that exists in this blessed country for a more positive development momentum. I am praying leaders will lead and stop changing their makeup, costumes and beds. I am praying that God will help to embolden and raise alternative platforms that will challenge present falsehoods. PDP Is not my enemy …mediocrity is …and Nigeria is the only nation we have. Still, I do not pray that my enemies die or split… I want them to take counsel and set themselves together against the Lord, and yet live to see Nigeria laughing to her victory… when they all collapse together in a divinely ordained derision

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Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami retired from a management consulting firm and pastored at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Nigeria for over ten years. In the past, he has published 5 books. His third book " The Majesty of God " was published in December 2010. His fourth work "Perfect Fall Wedding: The Coming of Christ" was released in October 2011. His fifth book , Songs of Joseph, a Bible Devotional, was published in November 2012. He is also the author of "Wealth out of Ashes", a book describing God's plan for our prosperity.

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