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FUTURE OF THE IGBO NATION PT1

APOSTOLIC SHARPSIGHT & NDIGBO FUTURE PT1

The loud explosions and deafening noises reporting across the globe are nothing but the death throes of a moribund age. A new dawn is breaking and the old order will give way to a better-balanced dynamic to replace the system that feeds a minority fat at the expense of everyone else. Africa has no tears to shed for the exploitative arrangements that stripped us bare and we shall rejoice to see that new day where the balance between scientific exactitude and the metaphysical will be readjusted to accommodate God in His office as Creator of all. Nigeria the titan of West Africa will see its share of troubles too but the dust will settle to reveal a bright future that no one could ever have guessed.

Rev 5:9-10 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou were slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth

THE PROPHETIC DESTINY OF NDIGBO … The Igbo’s are one of the largest tribal nations and widely spoken languages in the world and every wise man knows that the Almighty God reckons with tribal nations and human languages. To establish this truth all we have to do is listen to the celestial song of the 24 elders that sit before the throne. Having said this we need to take a critical look at the obvious talents, strengths and resilience that is wired into the Igbo gene stock. Industrious, intelligent, brash and adventurous the Igbos have made their mark all over the world but the same strengths seem to be the nemesis of this African tribal nation. Wherever the Igbo man goes he seems to do very well initially but the local populations almost, always end up marking him as a person of interest that needs to be watched closely. On the surface it would seem to be the clannish propensities of the acephalous and egalitarian Igbo bond that elicits this protective response from hosts but a closer inspection would dictate otherwise. From the apostolic perspective it would do well for the Igbo to look inwards to reassess their plight because it is glaring that the Igbo enculturation program produces great leadership potentials but a prophetic x-ray of their history does not show that the Igbos have ever really understood the cost of divine leadership. From the colonial archives it is clear that the ancient governance style of the Igbo was denigrated and bad mouthed by the imperials because it was more difficult to colonize … “One problem that had to be addressed during the 1930s was the evident need to reform the system of indirect rule. What prompted this were the numerous allegations of abuse that characterized its operations in many areas. This was at least partly because, in its idealized form, it failed to reflect the complexities of Nigerian social structures. Such a system might possibly have made sense for the highly developed states of the Hausa-Fulani emirates of Northern Nigeria or the Yoruba chieftaincies of the West but it most certainly did not for other areas like the more politically dispersed societies of Eastern Nigeria, as was seen in the political unrest there in the late 1920s” Nnamdi Azikiwe was a trail blazer and a carrier of the leadership mantle. Azikiwe’s 1943 memorandum, ‘The Atlantic Charter and British West Africa’, which demanded self-government fifteen years after the end of the World war, and which he presented to the Colonial Office during his London visit, was taken seriously as the policy of colonial reform gathered pace. He started out very well with his broad Afrocentric concerns and easily towered above his contemporaries who went the way of narrower tribal interests but he did not stay the course. At the first provocation he traded his lofty vision and redefined his leadership scope downgrading to the tribal level to match men of lesser stature instead of waiting till the tide would turn. Every level of leadership comes with a price and the great Zik of Africa would have benefitted immensely from a study of the steward leadership model of Jesus Christ. Inspired leaders see further than others and communicate their vision to transport men out of the stark realities of the present into the glories of the future. To do this effectively there are certain skill sets that must be acquired to guarantee success. It is Africa’s tragedy and Nigeria’s loss that Zik of Africa settled for a boot size much smaller than his feet. That pattern has since haunted the destiny of the Igbo leaders. Instead of serving as God’s divine instrument for the elevation of all of black Africa they keep struggling with micro visions outside the divine mandate.

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