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Our Nation_The ‘Mumu’ In Us, Part 1 – Religion.

{Disclaimer: 
I love God. I am proud to shout it on top of my lungs, without shame. I have also served at the highest level of the church, creditably by others’ accounts. I am also conversant with the 3 Abrahamic religious faiths – Christianity, Islam and Judaism, having been a continuous student of their texts for a very long time. End of Disclaimer.}

I needed to take that out of the way because this write up is definitely going to be controversial, as I mean it to be. Not in a bad way, but to provoke serious thought and engender mature discuss. So, if while reading this, you feel offended, please understand that I have no time to devote to explaining my views; which the last time I checked, all the three major religions I mentioned above encourage!

First, let me define the word ‘mumu’. It is Nigeria speak. As a noun, it means a foolish person. As a verb, it means acting foolishly. Chickena. My definition.

Nigerians, all of us, irrespective of the faith we profess (or lack of it), including me, are all MUMUS! Now, this is where you stop, shake your head for me, and move on to another story ……

If you’re still reading this, then maybe you want to hear how we have been foolish, when it comes to things of our faith? Okay.

First, we have allowed our foolish adherence to religion deny us focus on the true object of our faith – God. Christians, Moslems and Jews all believe in this Omnipotent being, whether you call Him Almighty God, Allah or Yahweh. Not only that, if you profess any of the three faiths, all springing from Abraham (Ibrahim), then you have subscribed to a monotheistic faith, meaning you believe in just one God! You have also subscribed to the belief that people should pray to and worship this God, often.

Despite this that we have all subscribed to (Christians, Moslems and Jews), we have given our love to something else – RELIGION. In case you do not know, God has not prescribed any religion, regardless of what any pastor, imam or rabbi may have told you! No where in the Bible, Quran or Tanakh says you must be a Catholic, or Baptist or Pentecostal and their various sub-divisions; or Sunni, or Shia, or Kharijites, and their various sub-divisions; or Reform, Orthodox, and Conservative and their various sub-divisions.

All these holy books say, without exception, is that THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD, WHOM ALL BELIEVERS MUST WORSHIP TO THE EXCLUSION OF OTHERS. Yet many faithful have elevated custodians of the platforms of worship- pastors, reverends, imams, rabbis to a god-like status, have we not? Lives have now been placed in the hands of these mere ‘rides’ than in the Rider Himself, the Lord God Almighty; so much so, that many have allowed these religious leaders interpret the Bible, Quran and Tanakh as they see fit, not as God meant.

Many have been led astray, because we are MUMU enough to trust in the man of God, than in the God of man! If you are in this category, sorry you are a Mumu (noun).

Second, in a country where we have more churches, mosques and synagogues than places of work and enterprise, and nothing is being done to reverse this trend; and that makes us all (including me), MUMUS.

It is even more disappointing when you realize that some of these places of worship were once factories, offices and places where income was generated or distributed! Yet, we want our Sovereign God to miraculously turn the economy of Nigerian around without reversing this! Who were those who granted permits to convert these places of mass production that fed many to those of personal production for a few?

What are they? You got it right … MUMUS.

As if that is not bad enough, every time there is an economic downturn (read RECESSION), people who can barely make ends meet are encouraged (in some instances harassed) into filling the coffers of these religious organisations with that which they should rather use to keep body and soul together! And they sheepishly do so, despite the fact that what the major faith texts teach is for the poor to be cared for instead!

Help me here, what should we call such people? Thank you! MUMUS?

Am I railing against God here? NO WAY! I love God! My angst is against modern day Pharisees and Sadducees who we have allowed to appropriate God for themselves, and hose of us who have allowed them to do this to us! I am against many who profit on people’s ignorance of the WORD, and against those lazy enough not to know how to access God’s presence and faithfulness for themselves without these fleecing intermediaries!

Something must be wrong with us as a people, when everybody now suddenly have the call to be a reverend, pastor, imam or rabbi! Look around you, every other person unable to secure gainful employment now has a ‘shop’ opened, the ultimate object of which is to ‘grow big’. And on whose back do you reckon that ‘shop’ operating under a canopy in the hot sun will convert another factory or warehouse to a mega mosque or church or synagogue? You got it right – on the back of MUMUS!

Let me finish this 1st part of my MUMU series on this point. Our ineffective leaders have suddenly discovered a tool of perpetual oppression of the poor. What do you think it is? Organised religion of course! How? Go to any place, and grouping of people. When issues of good governance or lack of it arise, within a few exchanges, someone MUST introduce religion, either to justify his/her position, or where (s)he has a weak hand, to condemn others with superior arguments!

How do our leaders use this as a tool? If the leader is of one faith, nobody of the other dare criticise him (her), without the sceptre of religion being raised. And adherents of the same religion will like Zombies jump to his/her defense; even when the leader’s action or omission is killing them slowly!

What should we all call ourselves? Yep. Baba nla MUMU!

My Recommendation(s):

AS A MATTER OF URGENCY, WE NEED TO BEGIN TO TAX ALL RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS. TO HAVE RESOURCES TO BUILD OUR ECONOMY.

YOU NEED TO GROW UP TO HAVE A DIRECT, ONE ON ONE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?

There are many solutions to this malaise. Please share your solution(s) with me. Let us engender a public discuss. You do not have to agree with me, please; but let us be civil about it. We can at least disagree without being disagreeable.

Next: Our Nation_THE ‘MUMU’ IN US – ECONOMY.

© Adewale Adeniji.

Happy 56th Imdependence Day, Nigeria!


Fellow Nigerians,
Happy Independence Day Anniversary.
I have absolutely no doubt that Nigeria go better – none whatsoever.
However, let us ponder awhile, these few truths:
1. What do we know that thrives when incessantly knocked down? I cannot see it. Even when things are not working as it should for a child, psychologists counsel parents to keep speaking positives to that child. Not knock him down, for doing so will seal her fate.
So, things currently do not seem to be where we great Nigerians want it to be for our nation, but must we CRITICIZE all and everything? Can we not discover and celebrate the positives, even when few and far between? Would we rather others trample all over us when we mess up?
2. Yes, I know and understand free speech. Yes, we all have a right to air our opinions? But do we really hold the moral high ground to be EVER critical of our nation and its leaders?
Let us ponder and ask ourselves this? Do we as citizens of Nigeria do right by our nation ALL THE TIME? Do we pay our taxes on time, and where we do, are they the fair share we ought to pay? How well do we treat our own neighbors, yes, those we are able to help; not only those living a few blocks away from us? 
How do we treat our own spouses, children and family members? If it is akin to the way we conclude our nation and its leaders treat us? If I just touched a raw nerve, let us ask this of ourselves – how should we then be treated by those around us?
3. Not making excuses for our leaders at the local, state and federal levels, but GIVEN THE MORAL STATE OF OUR NATION, would any of us fair better if entrusted with power? 
Yes? Well, how well do we treat our workers or employees, or those over whom

we have charge or supervision? Are we faithful with work time, tasks and assignments? Can we say if a truth that if we are trust into the spotlight of local government leadership (not to talk of state or federal leadership) we would fair better?
Now, all these are to show that yes, Nigeria is not where we want it to be; but is it not true that all other nations of the world we hasten to leverage in condemning ours also had developmental problems at this stage of their development? As a student of politics and governance, I know this for a fact.
My fellow Nigerians, our nation is a summation of the moral traits of its citizens and their religious and ethnic biases; and if we do not condemn our selves as its citizens for the ills that manifest even at our street or village level, we really in truth cannot condemn the whole of our small! Because Nigeria mirrors all out lives!!!
Nigeria becomes what we desire only when we become what our own microcosm desires. Unpopular but universal truth.
So, in celebrating Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary, I choose to see the positives, Naija’s potentials. Maybe, too late for my generation, but surely possible for the generations of my children and their own children’s children.
My name is Adewale Adeniji; and I say with conviction – NIGERIA GO BETTER!!!
Care to join me?

Wisdom Nuggets 101_Seed ‘Money’.

Seed Money. Money is the seed for money. Your seed determines your harvest. 
So, to make money you need to know how to wisely sow money. Go figure! I am not asking for an offering! 
What are you investing you time, intellect and resource in? How good a seed do you have to sow?
© Adewale Adeniji, LexConsults Humanae. 

Leicester City Wins English Premier League!

As a proud Gooner, I say hearty congratulations to Leicester City FC.
Whether na Buddhist Jazz or not, you’re champions! No be rise and beans o. And despite the 5000=1 odds at the beginning of the season! Well done indeed.

As Zebrudaya, a Nigerian comic would say, “Congratulobia”!

By the way, as some showed at the Emirates last Saturday, 
“Wenger + 12 years = Excuses.

Ranieri + 10 months = Champions”
“It’s Arsenal FC, not Arsene FC”
Arsene runs Arsenal FC as a business, right? Then as should happen in any corporation where you’ve missed your KPIs for 12 consecutive years, isn’t it time to retire Arsene upstairs?  Or worse still?

My thoughts as a long suffering (this one not being a fruit of the spirit o!) Arsenal fan.

Any GOONER that disagrees with me, please share your thoughts.

Our Dignity_Cover Up, Please!!!

Once a girl bought an iPad, when her father saw it, He asked “What was the 1st thing you did when you bought it? 
“I put an anti-scratch sticker on the screen and bought a cover for the iPad” she replied.
“Did someone force you to do so?” “No” “Don’t you think it’s an insult to the manufacturer?” “No dad! In fact they even recommend using

a cover for the iPad” “Did you cover it because it was cheap & ugly?”
“Actually, I covered it because I didn’t want it to get damage and decrease in value.”

“When you put the cover on, didn’t it reduce the iPad’s beauty?”
“I think it looks better and it is worth it for the protection it gives my iPad.”
The father looked lovingly at his daughter and said, “Yet if I had asked you to cover your body which is much more precious than the iPad, would you have readily agreed???” She was

mute…..
Indecent dressing and exposure of your body reduces your value and respect.

May God guide us all.

Unclogging My Mind.

Laptops, tablets, mobile phones

Facebook, Instagram, snapchat,

PlayStation, Twitter, IMO, WordPress

Relentless, frenzied

everyday everywhere

Images, voices, gaming

Relentless, all the time

 

No peace, my consciousness beastly with

Information from all sorts, by all sorts

Relentless, frenzied everyday everywhere

New forms of arrest, enforced captivity,

For all, by all, with all and on all.

Windowless prisons, of the mind and body!

 

But now my freedom I need.

Sheltered mind, unclogged spirit

The new 6-pack for the subconscious

My mind, Cloistered must be free

Of all junk parlayed as news

From all manner of gossip packaged as social media.

Wo, tu mi sile jo!*

 

Sit by the brook, unwind by force

Sleep by the dozens

No more insomniac for gadgets.

Listen to the sound of my breathing;

Yawn for no other reason but leisure – yeah!

Release my brain from pressure so severe, it hurts.

 

Be by myself, into myself, then Outward

Towards He whose Love I got before

I know how to love. Peace floods in …

Merry to the mind, good for the flesh.

Yes, more like a quiet time by the sea side.

Overwhelming feeling, my solitude;

comforting, rejuvenating, hopefully lasting.
{* Free me and let me be!}

 

© April 2016. Adewale Adeniji