N2.2Billion spent on prayers! The sheer number of zeros you have to add to
get that amount was what first hit me. Then again, we spent N2.2 Billion
on prayers and God gave us Baba Bubu, dwindling oil prices, a nation
gradually being encased by insecurity from all quarters, and an economy in
the toilet. Seeing as everything has to revolve around the head(who in
this case is Baba Bubu),it follows then that one of two things is
possible; Baba Bubu was God’s choice for Nigeria, or God never got the
If we operate under the assumption that Baba Bubu was God’s choice for
Nigeria, then it follows that God either hates Nigeria, or Bubu is the
mythical leader that will take us through fire for us to become pure as
gold. I hope we do not completely get so burnt that nothing will remain at
the end of the day. Fulani herdsmen have emerged, Boko Haram has no plans
of taking their feet off the gas, IPOB agitators are growing by the day,
and in the South South, kidnapping and armed robbery have escalated. In
the meantime, the fuel situation in the country has struck an all-time
low, prices of goods and services have skyrocketed, and the common man?
Well, if they cannot afford it, let them leave it(I am just trying to
sound like Baba Bubu here).So what exactly did N2.2Billion worth of
prayers buy for us?
Maybe the money did not get to God. Those corrupt government officials
from the last administration must have taken the money for themselves. Or
they shared it with “holy men”. So what happened to “…in as much as you
did this to the least of my brethren…”?Abi those ones no be God
brethren? Or they are not the “least” of his brethren?
Either way, the people of Nigeria got the worst end of the deal. We were
set back a cool N2.2Billion, yet, what did we get out of it? Let me make a
quick list for you
– A president with no direction, who really doesn’t care about anybody.
– An economy in the toilet
– A coterie of inept ministers who have been “sleeping beauties” for
– A caricature nation where government officials talk from both sides
of the mouth with nauseating boldness
– A nation encircled by growing agitation and insecurity.
Those five are enough for now.
A few weeks ago, Baba Bubu, toeing the fine path of his predecessor also
went to Mecca to pray for us too(according to his media people).There is
no need to calculate how much that trip cost us. We should be more
concerned with the fact that we need prayers as a nation.
A nation of religious fanatics, in the Northern part of the country,
Muslims and Christians fight from time to time in the name of religion(by
the way, both of them worship the same God. Only difference is that they
have different names for Him, and of course, different “sons”–paths– of
God), while in the South, different Christian denominations daily
criticize one another in a simmering cold war.
So we kill for “God”, fight cold wars for Him, then turn around and pray
to him for our safety, our economy, and everything about the country. We
just do things the wrong way, and expect that our very expensive prayers
will fix the glaring human mistakes we have been making. God wants us to
help ourselves. He probably wanted us to use the N2.2Billion to fix some
aspects of our economy. But no, our religious fanaticism, which has led to
several deaths by the way, makes us believe that throwing all our problems
at His feet, while folding our arms will solve all of our problems.
N2.2Billion for prayers, and we got Baba Bubu, and a nation that is
gradually shutting down. Our religious fanaticism has finally tapered off
to buffoonery. *Nnaemeka Oruh, who is Editor-in-Chief of Ikenga
Chronicles tweets from @liliemmyz, and wrote in from Port