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August 19, 2018


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“When Yahweh delivered Zion from bondage we were like in a dream. Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then it was said among the nations “The Lord had done great things for us and we rejoiced”. Restore our fortunes O Lord!  Like the waters in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping bearing the seed for sowing shall come home with shouts of joy carrying their sheaves!” (Psalm 126: 1-6)


Fruits of the counsel

Elsewhere, except in Nigeria, this conventional wisdom directs people’s actions. The ‘counsel’ is taken seriously. Take for example, governments and people all over the world have been working round the clock to see that their citizens are not wiped out of the face of the earth by the killer disease called HIV/AIDS. Only very tiny groups of experts and researchers are looking for a cure. So far they have not succeeded. They warn that it would take years before a true solution or cure could be found for AIDS. Now researchers have turned to EBOLA. No drug, no solution is in sight. What precautionary measures are available?

Since no good news is around governments and non-government organizations fight tooth and nail to prevent the damage being done by this disease. In many countries their efforts are yielding positive and incredible results. In some countries experts claim that the killer disease has been checked. In some cases less than 1% of their population is suffering from AIDS!


How do they do it?

You can guess. They mount intensive campaigns urging their citizens to endeavor to prevent the virus from attacking them. The emphasis is always on prevention, since no cure was yet available. Even where a cure could be found only tiny wealthy sufferers can afford what experts refer to as ‘mild treatment for AIDS’. They say the treatment or the drugs can just help defer the death of the sufferer. But the one must surely die.

“Prevention is better than cure,” nations of the world tell their citizens. They have largely applied, put into practice those preventive measures and these ‘remedies’ have worked out for them! Hurrah! A small cautious measure taken by a wise people has saved millions of lives! “What measures?” You may ask me. No.  Not me! Ask them. Write them e-mail and find out how they do it. There are many preventive measures I have read in the newspapers and heard over the radios and Internet. Writing them out here will consume a lot of space.

But I know just one, in fact very important preventive measure people all over the world have talked about. In series of lectures organized in several developed and developing countries, the most recurring title of papers presented by experts and health officials used to be: “Prevention is better than cure”. Better spelled out it directs that “you should not indulge in illicit sex.” Period. If you listen to that cautious appeal you may not contract the killer disease. You don’t need to go for a test. You should have no fear going for one. There are many other ways of preventing the disease. You can ask. I don’t know how perfect they are. But relying on the information from the experts only the measure cited above can be said to be perfect.

What of Ebola? Surely if Nigerians would take to heart all the precautionary measures our health officials have outlined for our safety there is no doubt we would not be attacked by the virus. Unfortunately Nigerians easily give up or abandon good habits when not forced to maintain them. Maintenance culture is not part of their nature. “Clean-Up Exercise” is one of them! Who will testify that Nigerians have not already abandoned the washing of hands exercise they learnt during the EBOLA WEEK LECTURES!


In Nigeria – “Cure is better than Prevention!”

Only in Nigeria is the obverse applicable; the counterfeit position is in vogue, namely “Cure is better than prevention!” There are many examples to sustain the Nigerian idiosyncrasy, or mannerism. You only need to think about it for just a while and see why we are different from the rest of the world. You can in fact unlock the mystery behind our lopsided attitudes. Let us consider just few examples, to illustrate our contention that Nigerians prefer direct ‘cures’ or ‘remedies’ for their problems. They have no time to waste on ‘experimentation’ or on what they consider to be ‘useless speculations’.


Cure for AIDS

Some time in one state in Nigeria, one big ‘Oga’ went for HIV/AIDS test after he reported some unusual feelings. Unfortunately he tested positive. When the nurses communicated the bad news to him, he was angry. “But who did it?” He shouted. Recovering from the shock of the news, he requested some drugs from the nurses, who of course told him there was no medicine for the disease. “But I thought they said a cure had been found!” the man snarled, fumed, and ordered his driver to move away.

This is a typical Nigerian way of looking at things. “Who did it? Who knows the number of unfaithful wives and wayward concubines he has! Nigerians, like the Israelites of Old always ask for a sign (if you want, cure!) Never prevention! Christ has harsh words for the incredulous (unfaithful) generation that always asks for signs and wonders. “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah….The Queen of the South will arise at a judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon…[Luke: 11:29-32]

Nigerians do no listen to the Wisdom of Solomon. They look for signs and wonders. And behold the wonder workers in their thousands all over the nooks and crannies of the nation. They are never in short supply. They are founders of churches, healing homes, occult centers where they work signs and wonders for their ever-believing clients – young and old, educated and illiterates. Master of all diseases and ailments are all over Nigeria. In the television, public squares, churches and miracle centers. If you need a solution to any problem including those the Almighty in Heaven will never venture to listen to, go to a man of God, anywhere in Nigeria, or someone who claims he has power to redeem you, wipe off your tears.

If you are a sufferer, please stop weeping; Nigerian pastors and miracle workers including priests and other ordained ministers in the mainline Catholic and Protestant Churches can cure you. They have panacea for every disease, including the one called AIDS, which they claim the white man is unable to cure. One greater than the white people and even Christ and His Father is in your midst. Look well. He is around you. But beware you must have a blind faith to find your redeemer!


Preventive Measures – “Not Spiritual Attacks”

But people in our midst who have the magic wand for all diseases have now found new name for what they call ‘incurable diseases.’ Demons and malignant spiritual forces are now responsible for diseases! One who has been bitten by mosquito may after all not be suffering from malaria. Evil spirits have simply gripped one who is dying of AIDS! He has a spiritual attack.

This is the new name for any ailment that cannot be diagnosed with the usual apparatus – foreign or local. And only a man of God claims the power to get all spiritual attacks under control! So, my friend, when you are ill or feel any sort of discomfort, do not worry. You may not have Ebola, AIDS, Malaria, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Tuberculosis, High Blood Pressure, or Diabetes. No! Why go to the laboratory to spend your money on tests.

The generic name for all diseases in Nigeria today is “Spiritual Attack”. And only one man can cure you. A “man of God!” He uses all occult means, orthodox and unorthodox methods to cure you. How do you identify the man of God? A warning! Do not be deceived by their appearance or religious leaning, namely the Church or religious movement they run. They are mixed and are found in all Church denominations and occult establishments. “By their fruits you shall know them”.

Take a look at Polio, sickle cell, and other children’s related health problems. Instead of vaccinating or inoculating their children, some Nigerian mothers resort to occult practices in order to get rid of child-killer-diseases. They claim as usual ‘diabolic attack’ as the cause. The child is an ‘Ogbanje’. Simple vaccination or inoculation could do the miracle when carried out at the proper time.

It is by paying heed to simple preventive measures that we can eventually get at the root of our problems causing sickness or ailment. Experts and men of God have little or no role to play. We need not cite many more examples and see how Nigerians ignore the clarion call for caution and dabble into expensive, primitive and costly means of getting rid of our preventable ailments. Perhaps it is not late for Nigerians to join the rest of humanity in accepting the redeeming conventional wisdom “Prevention is Better than Cure!

To be contd


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