Saving Africa from Africans

August 4-6 was African Leaders Summit hosted President Barrack Obama, the gathering was termed ‘historic.’ A lot of issues were discussed among which were and not limited to security problems on the continent and more importantly effort to strengthen trading between Africa and the United States. To help put trading relationship in perspective, currently China’s trade relationship with the continent is $200 billion annually while USA is $85 billion.

The gathering was very important no doubt, and I hope our leaders come out implementing some of the new ideas gained from the summit.

Here I wonder. Fifty African leaders of which 37 were head of state, in Washington? Together at the same event? We didn’t bite one another for the whole three days! So why aren’t African leaders doing the same within Africa discussing how we can improve trading amongst ourselves?

I get it. For a starter, it is far easier to get American visa from Nigeria than say South African visa.

Washington Summit ended on August 6th.

August 12th, American Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church disclosed his new project, inviting African pastors for ALL-AFRICA PURPOSE DRIVEN Church Leadership Training Conference.  in Kigali, Rwanda August 2015.

What? Training. Planting gospel. Purpose Driven. Listen to the short clip message.

Another leadership training, this time pastors on the continent.

Listening to Pastor Rick Warrens’s Tedtalks speech I can tell he has very similar traits to many of Nigeria Pentecostal pastors but he is different because he lives in a different country where to a large extent, fairness in justice existed, with the exception of people who looked like Erik Garner at least and that the line between the church and the state is a lot less blurry in the United States compared to Nigeria.

Already as is in Nigeria, there is no difference between politics and religion. Our president right hand man is a pastor with bling bling followed by all major Nigeria sensational pastors.

Nigerians don’t usually agree on anything but on religion and the extremity of it, most people are in agreement hence you see cases like this  repeating itself every month despite the risks to citizens and huge amount of complaints from Nigerians. The head of the church by the way, officiated at our president’s daughters wedding less than two weeks after Chibok girls were kidnapped.

Is Rick Warren inviting pastors like Nigerian TB Joshua, well, you haven’t heard from the man since the building of his church collapsed in September leaving at least 115 of church members dead. What happened was as horrible as the event that follows – the man of God is trying really hard to pull supporters so he is not held accountable. 

Before anyone gets the idea. I am going to help Katherine and William on this one. I could have suggested the venue to be Nigeria but it wouldn’t be a wise idea given (whispering) let’s just say ours is a bit different as we have way too many Kings and Palaces so to avoid heated debates and likelihood of blood-shedding let’s not go there at all.

Since the King of Swaziland was at Katherine and William’sthey may want to make Mswati III palace as the venue to bring all Monarchs on the continent together for Monarchs Leadership Outreach. If William likes, he could make sure the event coincides with when the King will be choosing his 16th wife among the virgin parade – Not sure Kate would want that, but hey, that would be her call.

Time for inward reflections on the continent?

South Korean Captain gets 36 years prison sentence, Nigerians still waiting on TB Joshua arrest

In a society whereby lawlessness and injustice rule, hope is what people cling to – that there is a place beyond this one where there will be no more sorry. Paint the picture, then you get your followers.

Prophet TB Joshua is one of Nigerians sensational men of God, with him come lots and lots of visions about just anything mostly when the event has occurred. His visions are not limited to issues in Nigeria, he has something to say about the missing Malaysia Airways MH370 and lots of miracle healing of all sorts.

TB Joshua attracts followers from all over the continent and beyond – Very good for him. He has worked hard doing night vigils dedicated his time for others so he deserves all the wealth and popularity that he has is my take. However, TB Joshua is a Nigerian, this means that in a country whereby there is no fair enforcement of law that guide our behaviour especially when dealing with large crowd, it is a bit tricky leaving all to God to judge.  Who is watching to make sure TB Joshua is doing all that he does with no abuse to human rights?

On Sept. 12, TB Joshua motel attached to the church building collapsed killing 116 people. This is very sad. The victims included 84 South Africans – shows the Prophet’s influence on the continent. The original building was 2 storeys, been raised to five, in the process the building gave in as the structural pillars/walls were not strong enough to support the additional load being put on them.

As expected, imaginary airplane and spirits were blamed. Lagos State government confirmed TB Joshua had no building permission for this massive extension. Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan visited the scene on 21 September to show his supports, very kind of him.

TB Joshua has not been arrested, he was supposed to attend a coroner’s inquest yesterday but failed to show up, instead donated R50,000 to each of the victim’s family to cover funeral expenses.

If you are a Nigerian and worry about how Nigerians were treated around the world, this is where to pay attention and learn.

In April this year a South Korean boat capsized killing over two hundred people with the captain and some of the crew members escaped to safety, the cause of this was later found to be due to excessive cargo. Due to this fatal accident their prime minister took responsibility for not doing enough to protect his citizens so resigned publicly with heavy heart. The captain and the escaped crew members were taken into custody and yesterday, judgement was served, Captain Lee was found guilty of violating Seamen’s law by abandonment causing death and injury and was sentenced to 36 years in prison, all of his crew members were jailed too according to  severity their involvement.

We have plenty of Nigerians in South Korea from their universities, factories to professional offices – If we don’t treat one another like humans at home, others copy exactly what we do.

High profile individuals don’t get prosecuted in Nigeria for anything, they get away with it all. Here. This time is a bit different, presidential election is coming and without saying our sitting president is religious puppet, he relies on churches to get votes.

Presently no one has been held responsible for the deaths of these folks in TB Joshua’s church, well evil spirits have been blamed, but how do we get them arrested to pay for the crime committed?

Think about this: Excessive cargo causing deaths in South Korea. Excessive bricks causing deaths in Nigeria. What’s the difference? Should we be expecting justice in Nigeria or same old?