What a world of catastrophe…! I sometimes wonder why men do not co-exist peacefully without experiencing misfortunes and tragedies. It is so ironic indeed that even when one choose to remain a peace maker, trouble will still come and knock at one’s door. As at the month of September last year, 2015, there were two major heartbroken incidents that happened in Saudi Arabia- the Crane crash and Stampede which led to the death of many Islamic pilgrims. Nigerians were not left out among those that lost their live in both incidents. Prominent citizens from that country even a traditional ruler (Emir) was among those that lost their life as a result of the crane crash and stampede that happened at Mecca and the Jamrat Complex (Stoning site) respectively in Mina, Saudi Arabia. It should be of note also that last two year in the same month of September 12th 2014 there was a similar incident in Nigeria which was the building collapse that occurred at the premises of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN) that led to the death of a number of visiting pilgrims to the church.
So far so good, it is obvious that the Nigerian government has taken the Saudi Arabian tragedy in good faith, they have seen the incidents as an act of God. And I really applaud this show of maturity by the government for taking this issue as the will of God, unlike others that would have wanted to cause much controversy due to this unfortunate tragic incident that may end up creating a diplomatic-war between the Nigerian government and the Saudi Arabian government.
In Nigeria, it is unfortunate that the level of maturity the government is using to handle the Arabian incident has not been the same way they are handling the Synagogue case. There has been a bone of contention between the Nigerian Government and the ministry of SCOAN on the actual cause of the unfortunate incidence, unlike that of Saudi Arabia that even up till now a number of the Nigerian victims can’t be accounted for.
Statistics has shown that the number of people that died in the Arabian crane crash and stampede of which many Nigerian prominent citizens lost their lives is more than the victims of the SCOAN building collapse. This is not really about the comparison; for sure life is precious, one life that is lost is as valuable as a thousand lives that are lost. The point is that, ‘why is the Nigerian government handling that of the Arabian in a very compromising way yet, chose to add more pains to that which affected their own’.
Why do Nigerians keep washing their dirty linens outside? Why do they cease to remember those who dry them up when it rains and provide shelter to the homeless? The government actions seem biased towards the probing of the SCOAN incident. They are busy finding irrelevant facts about the incident even when they are aware of the fact that the ministry of Prophet T.B. Joshua, has been of great economic benefit to the country. SCOAN has presented itself as a huge source of financial, social and even moral value to the nation of Nigeria. Even at one time the then Nigerian president Umaru Musa Yar’adua (of blessed memory) gave an outstanding award to the Prophet as the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) of Nigeria, due to his ministry’s benevolence towards its citizens and also as the highest recorded immigrant of other countries into Nigeria, which has greatly affected the nation’s economy positively. Dear Nigerians, why bite the finger that fed you well? As the saying goes in the Holy Bible, a prophet is never honored in his country.
They claimed they want justice!……Justice? I ask, has the Nigerian government probed, sanctioned or made any move whatsoever towards the Arabian government concerning the loss of Nigerian citizens in Saudi Arabia? Has the Arabian government been called to order? Even when their delegates were sent to the Nigerian Senate President, the Nigerians were mainly concerned about how to build their international relationship with the Arabian government and never tackled the issue at hand. I’m not against the fact that they are being considerate with the Saudi Arabian government because they wouldn’t want to add more pains to their misfortunes. My point is; why is the same government not also understanding with the ministry of the Synagogue Church of all Nations? Who is deceiving who? The Nigerian government is trying to show they care about justice but instead they are acting as if they have a hidden agenda towards an innocent citizen who has contributed spiritually and economically towards the development of the country. They even called the man of God fake forgetting that all good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17).
I’m not against any investigation but let it be done properly void of bias. The ministry of SCOAN has continued to insist and proven with concrete evidence that the building collapse was as a result of an attack yet, the government seems to be insensitive to the fact that one of the sectors that has been of great benefit to their nation’s economy is under great threat.
For decades, this man of God has been persecuted and yet he has been consistent in his Christian faith, so why can’t the SCOAN building collapse issue be forgone just as the Arabian incident was…? Why not leave the issue for God’s justification, instead of working towards his downfall. The Nigeria government has failed in their responsibility in protecting their national interest. If it were to be in an advanced society, the evidence so far provided by the ministry of SCOAN would have been highly considered. Obviously some of the problems of underdeveloped countries which Nigeria is not an exception is often characterized with injustice. Until the Nigerian government answers the question concerning the military air plane which hovered around the building and also look into the manner the building collapsed which is similar to controlled demolition, they would never be taken serious by the well informed minds and history will live to judge them.