Pastor John

Pastor John

Director, APGO America
Pastor, Faith Revival Apostolic Church.
International  Coordinator, Apostle Paul Gospel Outreach (APGO) publishers of Christianity 101, Christian Sacraments, Islamic Jesus, Social Misconceptios & Baby Steps in Christ.
An international and widely-experienced dentist, an evangelical pastor, an MBA graduate in Marketing Management and Information Assurance, and owner of a advertising and marketing company based in Irving, Texas.
Currently involved in the marketing of Jesus Christ,  allergimed for allergies, and website maintenance.
www.thevangel.com  

Summary

The mind of an incumbent president or king of a nation is important to God. It influences how God favors or punishes that nation. When the ruler upsets God by choosing evil, the whole nation suffers from the punishment. It is important that President Obama be offered good counsel so that he can lead the nation to repentance and back to the blossom of God.

Introduction

We are now in the era of political posturing in America, and Obama is faced with issues that challenge the chances of his return to the White House. Apart from discussing the finer issues in debates later on in the year, it is time to begin to identify with major voting blocks of potential sources of funding. Gay rights campaign has continued to intensify in recent years. There is no doubt that Obama benefitted from this group in the last round of electioneering. However, there has never been any form of open American presidential support for the gay campaign until Obama.

In the Obama versus Bush face-off, the sanctity of the traditional family unit of one man, one woman was upheld by both sides. It was clear that the gay campaign favored Obama; yet, he never openly expressed support for this lifestyle. On the contrary, he stated that Americans voted him to the White House after vetting him, and finding that he had been faithful to his wife – Michelle and children ever since. And that this was considered an important requirement for anyone to become the President of the United States of America. There is no doubt that homosexuals occupy important positions that they otherwise qualify for in Obama’s government, and no one complains about this.

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Evil in the throne room

God is very clearly condemns homosexuality as an abomination (Lev. 18:22; Lev. 20:13; 1 Cor. 6: 9-10). God also restates that He created everything when Moses complained of stuttering as an obstacle for Exodus project (Exo. 4:11-12). People evoke empathy with homosexuality because theories of potential biological aberrations. Such people need to review the science very well before accepting those theories.

The White House is the throne room of the whole world. If you doubt it, just recollect the debates that preceded American involvement in the Arab Spring in view of the prevailing circumstances in Afghanistan and Iraq at the time. The ongoing debate over the international response to the happenings in Iran and Syria clearly puts the position of America at the forefront of the whole world’s decision.

Moreover, for those who recognize the spiritual basis of such political positions, there arises the worry of how much further the gay campaign will continue to push us against God’s instructions before we are able to stop it or allow it to harm us. Spiritually, it is known that the political protection of Israel by America is a major strength of the country because it directly reaps from the cover that it gives to God’s chosen people. We also know that such a fundamental pillar must be under attack by Satan, irrespective of whether politicians understand it or not. The devil cannot be happier at this moment that it has successfully accessed the throne room.

The Battle-cry

We must begin a concerted effort to route the devil from our throne room. We must understand how vulnerable to security breaches we have been on several fronts. Yet, the peace of America has never been breached irrespective of the number, sophistication or mode of attack. All experts agree that such degree of success surpasses human smartness. In other words, we have been extra-ordinarily luck. God exists in the realm of the extra-ordinary.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan (Prov.29:2).

We do not want to upset someone who has favored us so much. This is why those of us who believe can re-focus our prayers into praying for Obama and his presidency to reverse the steps that he has taken in the wrong direction. I believe that praying with such unity will stop Satan from pushing him further. He may even openly reverse his current public posture. This is not beyond God if we ask Him.

The King ’s Counsel and national punishment

There is no doubt that the President has been under immense pressure from a persistent movement such as the Gay Campaign. I had an occasion to listen in to a conversation between two homosexuals in our hallway the other day. And you can decipher that the people see themselves as an oppressed group fighting for their rights to some freedom. They cared less about what other people think, because essentially non-gays are their enemies who refuse to understand that gays are human beings too. You can observe the unity of a group or nation with a singular purpose with intensity in their reasoning.

It is a wicked person who will not empathize with such pain. Even though, his is very true of the American society, yet, we need to remember that God categorically calls homosexuality an abomination. Therefore, anyone who encourages the President to adopt favorable state policies is risking the safety of the non-gay society.

Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness (Prov. 25:5).

Obama should not be allowed to turn personal empathy into state policy. This is the battlecry!

 
Conclusion

Homosexuals are less than 10 percent of the population of America according to estimates that favor the Gay campaign. Other estimates rate them between 2-4 percent. Even then, one cannot deny the effect of their singular voice in the world. However, if the remaining 90 percent were to appreciate God for His protection, we will understand a need to appeal for God’s help to reverse the grip of Satan on our throne.

Further, we need to take this battle seriously enough such that gays do not compromise the opposition campaign enough to consider aligning with the Obama’s position. On the other hand, if Obama begins to understand how unpopular his position has been, political exigencies may force him to tone down his support for the gay takeover of our government. This is the real threat as the world decays towards its prophesied end.

Abstract

The 2012 trial of John Edwards brings up the nasty issues of what love has to do with marriage and family stability. Kissing, touching, and hugging between unwed couples constitute ‘pornea’ – a sin rooted in disobedience to God’s laws.

Our scriptures clearly frown against these sins that are provoked by ‘pornea’ including; incest, rape, sodomy, bestiality, homosexuality, fornication and adultery. We are told that all of these sexual misnomers produce sexual gratification for those who engage in them, but they are clearly against God’s order.

Introduction

The 2012 trial of John Edwards brings up the nasty issues of what love has to do with marriage and family stability. In France, only the potential of misuse of people’s money may raise eyebrows. However, the illegality of the affair with that other woman decided the fate of this man that many of looked forward to lead America at some point. It is a shame that this five-minute attack has brought down such a talent so carelessly.

Yet, it is this same issue of ‘pornea’ that nearly derailed the destiny of this country in the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. We recollect how the former chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) due to some attempted five-minute climax of hormonal discharge. The list goes on from politics to the church to the palaces. Does anyone remember the Prince Charles-Diana decade?

What is Pornea?

Pornea is a Greek work from which pornography was derived. It refers to any form of contact or gestures between unmarried couples in a way that is sexually suggestive. Therefore, kissing, touching, and hugging between unwed couples constitute ‘pornea’ – a sin rooted in disobedience to God’s laws. And believe it or not, it is punishable by death according to the Christian scriptures. Now you may need to go to church to understand the true meaning of the word ‘dead’. Seriously, it is not what your dictionary says it is. Your pastor

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is better able to tell you what it truly means.

Essentially, marriage is the social status where God ordained sexual behavior. Our scriptures clearly frown against these sins that are provoked by ‘pornea’ including; incest, rape, sodomy, bestiality, homosexuality, fornication and adultery. We are told that all of these sexual misnomers produce sexual gratification for those who engage in them, but they are clearly against God’s order.

Come to think about it, adult people can walk into any court building today as singles, only to emerge 30 minutes later with a marriage license. Any contact without this license constitutes ‘pornea’, and God is not happy about that, period!

Conclusion

Can we begin to backtrack to the right course please? I mean what pleases God which is sanctity of the family, its home and its bed.

 

Summary

That our healthcare system has lost international recognition because of the refusal of the medical profession to keep abreast with the current free market economy ushered by our new political dispensation is the thrust of this article. An example of the economic significance of such attitude is presented with a call for the profession to review its custom.

Introduction

Seriously, let’s talk about it we are backward, way backward. Yet, we have no excuse under the earth to be. For countries like Nigeria it is a shame and a disgrace. We have less than zero appreciation for science. We have the money is in the system, and we have the administrative infrastructure set up for us (the Postgraduate Medical College), yet we remain pedestal in the deployment of technology in even the so-called best of our health facilities.

Abuse by the trusted guardians

On my part, I had thought that the emerging private hospitals and management companies would have combined with National Insurance Scheme to wake up our and to re-energize the technology and hopefully, the science behind our healthcare delivery system as is the experience in other countries. It remains shameful that only one Nigerian university makes the list of the first 500 universities in the world, and 100 in Africa. This is against the backdrop of the fact that our universities tend to have tradition of starting out with a medical faculty.

Further, it is disturbing to learn that in countries where our doctors have sojourned they now have extreme difficulty in getting licensed to practice their trades in spite of the fact that not too many years ago, these same countries granted automatic registration and licenses to our graduates. For some of us who have found ourselves having to sit on those examination bodies in those countries, it can be shameful to see your brothers and sisters flounder so badly in comparison to people from other so-called developing countries. When you mention these issue to your colleagues on the inside at home in Nigeria, they roll up their sleeves ready to fight in defense of their decaying inorganic curricula. The suggestion that you may be less patriotic than they are can be rather defeating.

However, just pick up any of the so-called local journals, and you begin to see the evidences. Where you have someone make the effort to have regularity of publication, what you read most of the time are demographic and some comparative analyses of some kind. You begin to wonder how much some of these publications contribute to science enough for one to collect a few of them and present for the chair of a science faculty. This is the stuff by which are professors are currently made in Nigeria. You are not allowed to mention these things without spoiling for a fight. It is as if people forget that you also graduated from these same institutions and that you have relatives being trained there, for whose fees and upkeep you are responsible. Yet, we see publications from countries like India, Brazil and Saudi Arabia contending for recognition in almost every international reference volume that you may imagine. This is because they can boast of covering the grounds of contributing significantly to scientific knowledge at a level comparable to any other publication in the world; and they are highly rated too because of the quality of their content.

The other day, President Obasanjo gave some universities a blank check for them to re-equip their schools as a launching pad to rejuvenate the so-called decaying faculties. Trust me, our professors did not even know what gadgets to buy. These are the same professors that jump on the next plane to attend international conferences on behalf of Nigeria. It has become a common joke that when Nigerians attend these meetings they really make no contributions, no serious presentations; in other words, the estacode (foreign travel allowance) that they collect being the more important objective than the purpose of contributing scientific innovations. Shamefully, we now learn that they do not even know how to consume the inventions of their overseas colleagues.

Economic implications

The dimensions of our potential economic losses because of these attitudes can best be imagined from examples such as I recently encountered. A friend who is a private medial practitioner from Nigeria had come visiting in America. Since, he already planned to attend this particular major international meeting, I decided to accompany him. He happens to be someone who likes gadgets which was fair by me because I could also use the opportunity to update myself. So, at a point during the meeting we found ourselves in front of this sales representative who was demonstrating a medical security surveillance gadget that was designed to specifically recognize certain parameters in patient clothing. The idea was that elderly people with memory loss such as Alzheimer’s Disease and similar conditions that require chronic supervision can be allowed free of direct human supervision for periods of time when such resources can be best utilized for other opportunities.

The camera which will be installed within any current surveillance system in place will allow these patients to roam about the facility with a certain perimeter considered safe enough by the hospital while being observed by the security system. However, should the patient wander out the permitted range unsupervised, then the system will alert the relevant staff such that the medical staff can step in to secure ensure patient safety. My friend and I reviewed the potential value of such a simple technology to our understaffed, yet overwhelmed medical institutions, and we believed that it would be valuable to have people review this at home for potential purchases.

Therefore, we approached the sales representative to throw this idea at him. His reply was that he was apologetic because his company has no plans to do business in our area of the world in the nearest future. Now, let me quickly point out that this has nothing to do with corruption and the business climate, but has mostly to do with demand factors. When the truth is to be told, we have so much undermined ourselves to the point of being ex-communicated. Our patients cannot be so poor that Indians, Egyptians, Libyans and Syrians are so much better off. Yet, the same companies will maintain offices in these places even at a loss while waiting for the next opportunity.

Big money deals that we allow – corruption complicit

What will surprise you is that the managers of these same companies will fly in on the next available flight when they smell that some serious money is about to be spent. Therefore, we must blame ourselves for allowing them to get so off so easily. The Obasanjo re-equipment story is a case in point. The money was big enough for the companies to come to bid. Luckily, this time around the equipment were installed and made functional according to the lists submitted by the hospitals.

More importantly, how has the profession approached the opportunities presented by the new free market disposition that emerged with the changing political economies of recent decades? The results sheet show that we have performed very poorly. In fact, there is no evidence that we understand it. this is why we need to initiate discussions about the relevance of the new business environment if we are to ever escape from our beggarly inerrant status and begin a new journey of international relevance.

Abstract

There is enough volume of work for a special core of pressmen who devote their investigative journalism specialized on anti-corruption issues. The picture of Ibori will make any good front page news item. But then, a deeper look at the budget and financial statements of an anti-fraud agency will make the newspaper sound serious. After all, we have so many versions of the Financial News today, even locally published in Nigeria. This is part of my contributions to the May 2012 debate on Insecurity in Nigeria.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/nigeriansunitedac/doc/388706144501322/ 

Discussion

Looking at the supposed picture of James Ibori posted by Chido Onumah on Facebook today (April 28, 2012) brought a strong reaction of nostalgia to me. What was frustrating was not truly about Ibori but because it is a cycle. Whatever Ibori may be credited with, and the outcome of his atrocities, to me it is just one more case in an unrelenting cycle. I am certain that we can mention someone that did the same 20 years ago, 35 years ago, 50 years ago in our history. I believe that the challenge is to mitigate this careless assault on our humanity.

As doctors commonly advise us, whenever we are that severely stressed looking for a way to relax some distance from the source of irritation usually helps. Therefore, I left for my bathroom to see if some rounds of cold water could soothe the anger welling up inside of me. My frustration once again being the question, ‘what really can we do about it?’

You may imagine that it is the search for organizations like this that gives room for founding NUAC for instance. However, without the infrastructure akin to a government agency, even such organizations run the risk of being overwhelmed with the issues. All you need to do is read from the list of chats and submissions on NUAC pages. For example, personally I will like o see some determined investigation into the financial statements of the three anti-corruption agencies of government, the Nigerian Medical council and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria to start my list with. This is one request from one person. Now imagine how many submissions we will have from the various industries and aspects of life in our country. Then, the point that the fourth realm is the final hope of the people jumped at me.

There is enough volume of work for a special core of pressmen who devote their investigative journalism specialized on anti-corruption issues. The picture of Ibori will make any good front page news item. But then, a deeper look at the budget and financial statements of an anti-fraud agency will make the newspaper sound serious. After all, we have so many versions of the Financial News today, even locally published in Nigeria.

We also have so many publications on Soccer alone not to talk of a whole industry like sports journalism. I suspect that any serious and deep investigation in the happenings in the ministry of education on Imo State will put all the other states on guard. We may even reverse some of the unbelievable fraudulent practices in our schools. We know that even as little as elementary schools, teachers write examinations on behalf of their students; this cannot be right and it is corrupt. More importantly, we may return to the era of children who fear repercussions for social misconduct. The thoughts of armed robbery will become more remote to their thinking. This can be added as a lateral gain of the investigation into the financial affairs of a single state ministry.

This kind of publication will shortly outsell itself in my view, not to talk of derivations from unbelievable advert sales. Sensation cannot be far from such newspapers. However, most importantly, it will help put everyone on the alert, because one never knows who is next in view of the microscopes.

My nine cents to the May 2012 debate on Insecurity in Nigeria! What do you think?

John Omoluabi

Abstract

However, it is commonly accepted that one of the consequences of the Civil War was the emergence and institutionalization of armed robbery. There have been allegations of cabals with agenda behind the various types of crimes in our society. However, since the patterns and directions have not singularly focused, that thesis remains to be proved. The government can remove the psychology of money as the ultimate source of power in order to improve on general security. It also means that someone going from Lagos to Kano will not fear to start at 8pm in order to drive on free highways and be in Kano the following morning to transact whatever business he had on his mind. Therefore, it is not impossible for Nigeria to talk about zero tolerance to crime.

 This article is part of my contribution to the May 2012 debate titled Insecurity in Nigeria by the Nigerians United Against Corruption (NUAC)

http://www.facebook.com/groups/nigeriansunitedac/doc/388422067863063 

The question asks talks to collective responsibility. Therefore, as previously suggested, the first step is n acquisition of a political will. The next step will be the directive policy making describing the ultimate goal or standards to be attained in clear terms. Various aspects of our social life will then be encouraged to develop goals and measurements. With the passage of time, we can review the various targets and our processes.

The vision 2010 which was later modified into Vision 2020 was such a project. However, being a singular sector initiative, it has gone the way those projects go – a waste of public funds. A project that is taken as of significance to national honor and pride has more chances of winning the active commitment of the people rather being seen as another government project or worse, another government agenda.

For instance, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia decided that the number of deaths that accompany the Hajj was becoming a disgrace to the fanfare surrounding an international Islamic duty. The country believed that it has an obligation to offer excellent tourist facilities to the visitors who must come to perform their religious obligations. And this included the safety of the pilgrims. For years, various committees were set up to study the issues that predispose people to losing their life during the pilgrimage in hostile weather conditions.

Over years, modifications were made to pilgrim preparation before they even arrived Saudi Arabia. Various categories of healthcare facilities were strategically positioned to improve tourist access to care in case of emergencies including easy access to frozen water, all day and throughout the month of worship. Security cameras were placed practically everywhere for security, traffic and healthcare purposes. Roads and pilgrims routes were modified within the limits permitted by the religious requirements; but most important, as billions were being spent to practically modify everything possible to make the Hajj experience more safe, every year a public account of how many lives were lost and the reasons for the losses are explained. This formed the standard for measuring the improvement made to reduce international pressure and criticism related to the pilgrimage.

Therefore, it is not impossible for Nigeria to talk about zero tolerance to crime. If the citizens can be motivated to take it as a national challenge; we may even be able to return so much honor to policing again, such that the type of corruption that is an assumed in our country will be an issue that will have become a matter of history.

Abstract

However, it is commonly accepted that one of the consequences of the Civil War was the emergence and institutionalization of armed robbery. There have been allegations of cabals with agenda behind the various types of crimes in our society. However, since the patterns and directions have not singularly focused, that thesis remains to be proved. The government can remove the psychology of money as the ultimate source of power in order to improve on general security. It also means that someone going from Lagos to Kano will not fear to start at 8pm in order to drive on free highways and be in Kano the following morning to transact whatever business he had on his mind. Therefore, it is not impossible for Nigeria to talk about zero tolerance to crime.

This article is part of my contribution to the May 2012 debate titled Insecurity in Nigeria by the Nigerians United Against Corruption (NUAC)

http://www.facebook.com/groups/nigeriansunitedac/doc/388422067863063 

Socially significant individuals can be encouraged to commit to the anti-corruption struggle. It is certainly not all of them that are stained. Those that are ready to open their personal details to public review can be enrolled in motivating MAMSA – like slogans through media appearances or various forms. This avenue would have best if it were to support a government agenda sucha s described above. However, we know that within bounds, it is not likely to see any political leader so bold and envisioned enough to challenge the institution of corruption in Nigeria to herculean battle.

The citizens can continue to challenge the Press by exposing their complicity in the current situation including motivating to the stupidity behind taking bribes to suppress corruption and crime by being accepting false claim that ‘he who pays the piper dictates the tune’. The free press needs to understand that the masses of the population pin the rays of hope in the media. If the Press were to recognize that it has continued to fail people, I am certain that it can come up an agenda to reverse the current negative perspective of Nigerians. Nigerians will follow avidly an organization that gets into trouble all the time because of truth rather than popularity because of sensations only.

We saw this type of leadership in the way that AIT handled the issue of the third term proposal of OBJ. AIT constituted itself into the undeniable leader of undemocratic processes in government, and initially pretending as if it was neutral. In any case, government agents knew that they had a lot of explanation to do. They responded as much as possible to invitation, only to discover that they were not winning the argument. Then, AIT pulled the final joker on everyone by praising the Senate President for his magnanimity of allowing only AIT to air the final debate and voting on such a landmark constitution amendment. The result was that many politicians cowered when they realized that they had to choose OBJ’s money and what their constituents will support them or not. That small core of media that stood with the people changed etched a landmark in Nigeria’s political history, as they led the people to demand sound judgment from politicians.

If we seem to be running short of ideas, we can put the young minds to the task of exploring theoretical possibilities that we can modify into practical realities. Anti-corruption organizations like NUAC can organize various types of idea or concept seeking awards in the society at large. Decent prizes accompanying Essay competitions, Innovations, or even heroic acts at various levels of competency may challenge people to put on their thinking caps and theorize strategies that we may modify into action plans.

Abstract

However, it is commonly accepted that one of the consequences of the Civil War was the emergence and institutionalization of armed robbery. There have been allegations of cabals with agenda behind the various types of crimes in our society. However, since the patterns and directions have not singularly focused, that thesis remains to be proved. The government can remove the psychology of money as the ultimate source of power in order to improve on general security. It also means that someone going from Lagos to Kano will not fear to start at 8pm in order to drive on free highways and be in Kano the following morning to transact whatever business he had on his mind. Therefore, it is not impossible for Nigeria to talk about zero tolerance to crime.

This article is part of my contribution to the May 2012 debate titled Insecurity in Nigeria by the Nigerians United Against Corruption (NUAC)

http://www.facebook.com/groups/nigeriansunitedac/doc/388422067863063/ 

Governments start with policy making. Using biblical examples for instance, we have records of several regimes including that of Moses, of Joshua of Saul, of David, of Solomon, and the many rulers of Israel. Similarly, in Nigeria we can look at Buhari, IBB, Sani Abacha, and the various segments of OBJ and typify each regime with labels that will stick. Therefore, if a government were to seriously determine to correct the situation, it has to formulate a policy Idiagbon style maybe, or IBB sell out of Structural Adjustment style; but determinately directed at restoring our peace and security to pre-civil levels.

By the way, this will mean that all vigilantes become irrelevant. All those barriers by which people imprison themselves at night will go down. It also means that someone going from Lagos to Kano will not fear to start at 8pm in order to drive on free highways and be in Kano the following morning to transact whatever business he had on his mind. The execution of the policy will then be monitored if formulated with measurable goals in mind. It sounds like a tall order but we have seen it done before. The neighboring Ghana where all middle class Nigerians have run is a close example of a working secure community that has transformed itself. We are the same West Africans.

The government can remove the psychology of money as the ultimate source of power in order to improve on general security. A determined campaign can change anything that people are committed to. I have lived in countries where the entry point salary of a policeman is just below that of university graduate entering the civil service. By the time that such a person spends a year or two in the service, there is no graduate that will have enough left to bribe him with an amount impressive enough for him to risk his job. It may sound extreme and laughable in our situation. However, until we have measurable yardsticks such as this as goals, we will continue to beat about the bush.

This suggestion has nothing to do with current wealth in the society; its funding may come from a redistribution of new revenues. Funds are then allocated to specific programs and agenda with targets and measures aimed monitoring the movement towards the target. If fraudulent are truly seized, they can be committed to job creating ventures like the establishment of a ethanol industry, or the take off of our green campaign similar to Petroleum Trust Fund ideals and similar projects before them.

This is a part of my contribution to a Nigerians United Aganst Corruption debate for May 2012. The full discussion can be accessed at 

http://www.facebook.com/groups/nigeriansunitedac/doc/388422067863063/

Abstract

However, it is commonly accepted that one of the consequences of the Civil War was the emergence and institutionalization of armed robbery. There have been allegations of cabals with agenda behind the various types of crimes in our society. However, since the patterns and directions have not singularly focused, that thesis remains to be proved. The government can remove the psychology of money as the ultimate source of power in order to improve on general security. It also means that someone going from Lagos to Kano will not fear to start at 8pm in order to drive on free highways and be in Kano the following morning to transact whatever business he had on his mind. Therefore, it is not impossible for Nigeria to talk about zero tolerance to crime. 

Introduction

My contribution to this discussion was made easier by two of the posts that I ran into this Sunday Morning (06 May, 2012) that came from Ms. Lanre Ogundipe. It is great that we have journalists like that always ready to update us on recent developments. I refer to the posts relating to the Transparency International comment on Nigeria and the one about the Renewed Anticorruption Drive.

Essentially, if the Head of a statutory anti-corruption (ICPC) is that frustrated internally, and the international anti-corruption monitor (Transparency International) can be so undiplomatic in its assessment, there remains no need any more to search for adjectives qualify how terrible our situation is. Therefore, let me join issues with the topic of our reference for this discussion, using the suggested guideline.

How did we get here?

It will be unfair to suggest that a specific date can be placed on when corruption entered our country. The further down memory lane that we go, the more we will find isolated scandalous cases (such as the classical story of the former Western Region’s money sent with a minister overseas, only for the minister to come back to claim that the money drowned on the way. Yet, we know until today how his wealthy family continues to be), and practices common in the society that can generally be classified as corrupt (bribes for promotion and other special favors). In fact, most of these were either denied, deniable or difficult to prove. Further, they did not constitute that much of a drain on our economy as a society.

The era of early democratic politics up until the Civil War had introduced a certain amount of insecurity especially around election seasons. Kidnappings of children, looting of opponents properties, minor personal vendettas or wickedness. However, it is commonly accepted that one of the consequences of the Civil War was the emergence and institutionalization of armed robbery. Although, Babatunde Folorunso and Oyenusi were civilians (and I am not sure that they had any military background), they were prominent openly killed armed robbers. That menace has not left us.

It was as if the spate of unexplained murders and wastage of life was not enough, the murders of Dele Giwa, Ken Saro-Wiwa and Bola Ige makes government complicity in these atrocities an open sore. In other words, the society has now transformed into a free for all. There have been allegations of cabals with agenda behind the various types of crimes in our society. However, since the patterns and directions have not singularly focused in one area of criminology, that thesis remains to be proved. To reiterate, is there a struggle because of drugs kingship, or is it because of political emancipation like the Ogoni Movement, or is it religious like the Maitasine riots and more recently, the Boko Haram menace? Even then, one problem is clearly traced to the rise in insecurity and corruption in our society; money and its acquisition, either for the purposes of buying one’s daily bread (poverty), establishing power (politics and business) or greed (wealth beyond others).

A Christian seminar meeting recently even noted that Pentecostalism has failed us. The workshop heard and tended to agree that the rise of Pentecostalism in Nigeria coincides with the rise of terrible crimes in Nigeria; with the slope higher for Pentecostalism than the crime rate. We cannot deny the influence of money in the Pentecostal movement. While, it is not suggested that Pentecostalism and Crime were linked by a direct cause and effect relationship on a scientific basis, it is clear the Pentecostalism has failed to suppress this anti-social malaise as expected. In fact, the question is asked, ‘how did the missionaries and the earlier orthodox churches succeed in keeping the crime rate low in society?’ Further, could it be that Pentecostalism was inheriting the fruits of sophistication brought by missionary education that makes corruption and crime less scary than before? In any case, this is our current location.

Introduction

My days are past, My purposes are broken off, Even the thoughts of my heart. Where then is my hope? As for my hope, who can see it? (Job 17:11, 15)

The character - Job is the biblical standard for despair and unfairness. Therefore, when we get to that stage that we begin to wonder why we are left alone sometimes at night with no one to talk to about our inner feelings, or we get to that manic stage of being afraid to be alone, or when are thoughts processes cannot take us out gloom and doom psychology, Job is a prophet commonly presented to us by Christian leaders as one person who has seen it all. And indeed, he was overwhelmed with grief.

There are those days that you have put in your best. You have planned, worked hard, and been abused. You have been told that you are incapable of doing well; and yet, it appears that the comments are correct, although unfair. The situation is sometimes so desperate that you cannot see the way forward; you have no one to turn to or trust for help. There is nothing good coming in from the pipelines of hope. However, anyone that takes time to read about Job will know that there can never be any human experience that can beat that of Job. 

Worse than Job?

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope (Romans 15:4).

This was the conclusion of Apostle Paul who was not only ministered torture as the chief persecutor of the disciples of Jesus Christ; he also suffered immensely until his death for his anti-social gospel of Jesus Christ. There was hardly any class of jail that Paul did not spend time in.

Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and irons—. Because they rebelled against the words of God, And despised the counsel of the Most High (Psalm 107:10-11)

Whatever will make a man scorn the counsel of God must be severe, really deep and severe pain in my view. The psalmist hundreds of years after the suffering of his tribe in Egypt brings us close to the real point about deliverance, but especially the fact that God always had an agenda for those of us who trust Him. It can tough, it can be distressing as we have seen in the case of Job, and all the disciples including Paul, but in the end it takes certain strength to wish Satan away. That strength resides in understand of the ability of God. The God who says that “I AM THE I AM” and yet allowed Stephen to be beheaded.

My point is this, if God promised Abraham that Israel will go into captivity; and that deliverance will only come when the Amorites upset Him badly enough, and history confirms that this is exactly what He did over 400 years after the promise, then He is a God that not only knows the end from the beginning; He is the All-Powerful God just like He says. In other words, He can do anything, but we need to align our aspirations with His wishes. The problem then becomes how to decipher those wishes (Isaiah 45: 18-19).

Moses was cursed numerous times by the Jews; in fact, he almost gave up. Situations degenerated to the extent that he began to doubt that the ‘burning bush’ interaction on Mount Sinai was a true call by God for this mission. He got so confused that he had to challenge God directly about the truth of all the mess (Exodus 5:20-23). He same Moses was besides himself when God delivered Israel by totally destroying the advancing Egyptian army headed the Pharaoh (Exodus 15:1). 

There is always a tomorrow

Therefore, however bad it may appear there is always a tomorrow that we cannot totally control. It is only the creator that knows how to glorify His Name in that confrontation. I know this demands a lot of faith, but that is what Christianity is about. That is simply what God has asked us to do – to trust Him only and absolutely. That which we think it’s so unbelievably disgraceful will pass away at its own time, and we can share the story just like the Jews did. 

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5).

We will hit our low points in life, but that is when we become more vulnerable to be caught by the tricks of Satan, because he will attempt to lure us into compromising on our beliefs. The word is that those loved by God have no worry about disappointment. God does not have disappointment in his business vocabulary. God hears our cry for help; He has already sent us an answer to all the problems in this current dispensation in the nature of Jesus Christ. Somehow, he always shows up for those who look up to him.

Remember:

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

And the advice of Apostle Paul, the chief prisoner goes:

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Therefore, you have the power to walk away from depression before it hooks you. There is nothing positive that you will gain from it, you need to hang it all to Jesus, and move on with life. The one who owns tomorrow will take care of your needs, embarrassment or not. If you can forgive, someone will forgive you; that is the key to Christianity. In fact, you can claim it as a right, knowing full well, there must be a tomorrow!

Summary
Who cares about Nigerian medical degrees losing prestige? The politics of money eclipses any care for the people. is it any wonder that serious countries will eliminate the automatic registration/licensing of Nigerian graduates? Fortunately, we have some news that doctors fair better economically these days, especially those who interface with government services as many provisions that alleviate their poverty status are being addressed. Reversing the corruption opens up the can of worms called ineptitude, and this can be addressed in-house in order to reverse our academic fortunes through more progressive commitments.

Politics of foreign income

The politics of money eclipses any care for the people. The people are in fact too emaciated to care about anything other than bread. Since, Ibrahim Babaginda’s (IBB) pretentious reign people from all walks of life and for various reasons have continues to cry out at the leadership after noting the unabating exodus of the nation’s doctors. IBB appeared alarmed but as usual it was the toothy smile to suggest compassion, he had no answers and none of his successors ever thought that it was important to worry about. In fact, some of them suggested that the inflow of money from such endeavors was valuable to the country. In other words, our doctors and nurses became non-resident citizens for their economic value. Yet, no one fare put that into legislation. The attempt to tax such income never even got pass a piece of paper survey at the airport, whose potentials scared the healthcare workers. So, that battlefront was lost.

Politics of domestic income

Meanwhile, the deterioration in healthcare services at home continued. It was not just eroding the manpower capability, facilities began to suffer. The financial worth of healthcare workers also began to wager. That translated into poverty in the socio-economic transformation evolving in the country. The reaction was that doctors who could not make it to Abuja or Port Harcourt turned their stethoscopes into oil blocks rather than pipes of mercy; the sight of blood confirming the next source of greenbacks.

Consultants turned teaching hospital wards into personal banking vaults guarded round the clock by conniving nurse supervisors. Medical students given permission to enter some of those wards quickly learn to know which beds are totally out of bounds. Student doctors carefully note which beds the consultant will rather by-pass during rounds. That became another indication of zones that are out-of-bounds. Soon, it became familiar to have terminal cancer patients in the obstetrics and gynecology wards.

The world of private medical practice became thoroughly muddied as it became difficult to distinguish between trained professionals who had turned their turf into mines from hacks who posed as doctors specializing in the most lucrative area of aborting pregnancies. Of course, the doctors outperformed the quacks by turning every chance into caesarean operation for the money rather for the life of the mother or child.

Postgraduate medical colleges became centers of intimidation rather formulating directive policy for medical education. The result is that doctors metered wickedness instead of care protected by their own trusted organs of state, and corruption became entrenched just like everywhere else in the larger society.

A Social Malaise

However, come to school if you like, just make that you own a copy of the course handout or booklet. This was not limited to healthcare it was prevalent in our educational set up. The decay was everywhere; it only happened that the society was more disappointed in the healthcare professions because they seemed to have lost any semblance of conscience and people have started to challenge the revered status of the guys in white.

It was so bad that even when General Obasanjo attempted a rescue, gave the hospitals a blank check to renovate their infrastructures the doctors did not even what to do with it. The shock dissipated into a combination of ignorance fueled by unbelief. Nigerian professors will attend international conferences; but they never made any academic contributions to those meetings. Even though, they became the butt of international jokes at those meetings, our professors never cared. After all, the travel allowance was in the kitty.

Nigerian professors will divert money meant for external examiners for their own personal uses without any conscience. If your parent was a professor or other prominent doctor, you are unlikely to be failing any examinations without remedy. When doctors in Diaspora attempt to assist, they are told off, embarrassed or sabotaged. Even World Health Organization’s (WHO) non-monetary or vehicle donations were never installed because it could not be appropriated for immediate gains or personal use of the professors. If an organization like the WHO could be treated this way, individuals became much easier to discourage. Doctors will shut down healthcare services nationwide in order to protest their neglect and poverty. Certainly, they lost a good degree of dignity from the society; and they became humans just like everyone else losing the deified mythical status formerly attending their presence as they went about ignoring the carnage that such protests produced in the society.

Some Results

The University of Benin ranked 1,639th on the global scale, the 18th in Africa and the first in Nigeria (www.punchng.com/news/nigerian-varsities-fail-to-make-top-1600). With documented result such as this, and in the light of previous discussion which is more obvious to foreigners in our country, is it any wonder that serious countries will eliminate the automatic registration/licensing of Nigerian graduates? I mean with the Universities of Ibadan and Lagos with all of the attending noise of the prowess of the medical schools, they were still behind Botswana, Kenya, war-ravaged Sudan and of course, Uganda.

Potential Solutions

Fortunately, we have some news that doctors fair better economically these days, especially those who interface with government services as many provisions that alleviate their poverty status are being addressed. Secondly, it is known that many of the founding fathers of major infrastructural organs of the healthcare government are still alive. It is true that they may be old and retired, but that most of them are alive brings hope in the fact that they can help reconstruct the agenda through a recollection of relevant principles from history.

In fact, if the society were to specifically challenge the Postgraduate Medical Colleges and the Nigerian Medical Council which are both powerful in constructing the daily lives of healthcare professionals and by implication our society, and which have both become bedrocks of corruption, then we can begin to expect a reversal in the credible and verifiable administration of professional development of healthcare professionals in the country.

We must realize that there many years and generations have since passed between the founding fathers and the current set of administrators of these organs. The current generation of administrators is used to their inherited ways of doing things which is entrenched in corruption. This is the psychology to be addressed. A psychology that can be categorized as that of ‘man-know-man’ and sycophancy.

Yet, the principal actors in both professionals are few in number who either gravitate from one organ to the other or occupy the authoritative councils of both organs as officers of the Nigerian Medical Association (usually holding those positions for decades) or are Deans of Medical Schools. It is the same subset of names that occupy these seats for decades. Therefore, any successful effort at reversing the corruption has a chance of lasting for some years before being reversed. Reversing the corruption opens up the can of worms called ineptitude, and this can be addressed in-house in order to reverse our academic fortunes through more progressive commitments. 

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