You might be surprised that I would write about this. But don’t be. I am born a citizen of this great country called Nigeria after all.
It’s been a tension filled weekend for most people and for those of us in the media, we’ve had to work overtime while treading on eggshells. Finally, the much awaited presidential elections are over and the people have voted their choice.
More importantly, I believe God had a hand in the outcome of this election. Things could have gone awry. There was so much anger, so much division, and so much rancor but in spite of foreign government predictions, God held us together and we are still one nation.
I salute you and congratulate you, fellow Nigerians. Let’s give all the glory to God for how far he has taken us.
However, let’s not forget our responsibility to our leaders:
1 Timothy 2:1-4
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Saviour, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
We might have gotten the result we want, but our job is not yet done. Our freedom to live peaceful lives depend on the peace that reigns within the polity and if we don’t pay for our government, we will not get that. So while we congratulate ourselves, let’s remember to pray for the success of the new government.