Fr Kenneth Evurulobi President of MARYSROSE delivering his Homily for the 22nd Sunday of Year C on August 28, 2022 at the Catholic Church Of Immaculate Concept
The Triune God And Human Community: Humility As The Passport To The Hebrews-12 Kind of Festival In Nigeria Come 2023.
HUMILITY: THE PASSPORT TO THE ZION FESTIVAL
(Homily for 22nd Sunday of the Year C, August 27, 2022)
1st Reading: Sirach, 3:17-18, 20:28-29.
Reps Psalm: “God in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor’ (Ps 68).
2nd Reading: Hebrews, 12:18-19, 22-24a.
Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14.
My dear People of God, beloved parishioners and cherished visitors to our parish community, I greet you all in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen!
I have to note that the Homily of today is extra-ordinarily long and also tasks your patience. May God speak and may his children never be tired of listening and doing his will, Amen!
The 1st Reading exhorts/counsels us all – the sons not the enemy, not fraudsters, not ritualists, not terrorists, but SONS - to be humble. It is a call to humility. In doing business, in promotion, in our work places, in your marriage, in your school, in your office or profession - BE HUMBLE!
Why are we called or exhorted to be humble?
God is the Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient. In the Council of Heaven, after God – God understood as a Triume Community, that is, Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the next in the rank in the Council of Heaven was Lucifer. And you know the story of Lucifer.
As a theologian who specialized in an aspect of Systematic Theology that deals with Triune God and the Human Community, I am tempted to believe that Lucifer was a creative agent. He helped Adam to give names to every creature. He ran the errands and maintained a very close oversight over the works of God during creation. At the end of each day, and for six days – the report was: “And God saw that everything was good.” Everything was beautiful. God introduced “Eve” to “Adam and called her “A companion”, “A Help Mate”. Between Adam and Eve, paradise was real.
I am tempted to believe – especially in reference to the difficulty issues of gender equality – that the word “Adam” (Man) is a generic term with two separate but complimentary identities or prongs of meaning: Male and Female; Adam and Eve. Some illustrations would suffice. Here in Nigeria, for instance, one of the 36 States in the South West of Nigeria is called Lagos. But there is also a place called “Lagos” per se which is found to exist within the larger context of the LagosState. This is the LagosIsland. Anybody living in LagosIsland, Ikeja, Oshodi or Ikorodu cannot confuse LagosState which is a generic term with LagosIsland.
Just like Lagos State as a whole is larger than Lagos Island or Ikeja or Oshodi taken alone, “Adam” or “Man” is a generic concept within which two other concepts “adam” and” eve”, “man” and “woman”, “male” and “female”are accommodated in a very complimentary mannaer. “Male” and “Female” are not mutually opposed identities, they are mutually complimentary identities of the reality that is “humanity”. Man, as generic concept makes it possible for us to talk about the concept of “person’ as defined by Boethus. Adam is these two: “Adam” and “Eve. Man is these two: “Man” and “Woman”. Humanity is these two:male and female.
Humanity has two differentiations or two complementary but unconfusing parts: the men folk and women folk. Too much emphasis and undue attachment to the former is the meaning of chauvinism at its worst; over-emphasis on the latter is the meaning of feminism as a pejorative and pretentious concept. Admittedly, some gaps may have occurred in the course of the evolution of this understanding thereby giving rise to and making it necessary for debates to be initiated. But gender equality is topical and an imperative. Perhaps, tne inability to make this subtle distinction has made the Gender Question an unnecessarily violent ideological question.
It suffices to say that “an evil growth has taken root in many men and women. This - and this only – is the meaning of and the only force driving such issues as “lesbianism” “homosexuality” transgenderism”, same–sex relationships, etc. These issues are different from and cannot, in all fairness, be used to explain the complex issues that fuel the civilly divorced and remarried Catholics especially in reference to the reception of Holy Communion. But there is a link, a meeting place for both – the rudderless interface that has existed between the gender question and Satanic ideologies.
Sometimes, those who devote time to expose and create some awareness about the reality of Satanism are dismissed with such derogatory words like insensitive, fetish, unscientific, illogical, primitive and illiterate. But if there are self–professed Satanists, then Satanic ideology is real and effectively at work in the human family.
The rudderless interface of Satanic ideologies and the Christian response to God’s invitation to Love is the place where the issue of civilly divorced and remarried Catholics is located. But the question of Sodom has gone far beyond an interface of Satanic ideology and the Christian faith. In same sex relationship or Sodomy, an “evil growth” has taken root and found nourishment in the human family through pride and arrogance thereby imperiling and mutilating the lofty concepts of justice, equity, equality, human rights, peace and development. This is the 1stReading.
The old Catholic Social Teaching regards sodomy as a rebellion against and a rejection of the Divine Government; an abuse of human sexuality and a violent attack on the omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience of God.
Man – male and female, men and women, husbands and wives, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls as well as Papa and Mama - were created into eternal goodness and glory; into eternal joy and beauty – higher and more powerful above the angels, above Lucifer himself. When Lucifer saw the eternal beauty and glory he shared alone with God as the second in command of the Heavenly Kingdom giving to and made powerfully concrete or manifest in the woman, in addition to the eternal goodness and power that are her portion she holds in unity of obedience to God with the man, he became angry and jealous of Adam. Jealousy, pride and arrogance took over him. He thought to himself that something was lacking in him; something was missing in his life. There was a gap between him and God that needed to be closed. And what was the gap all about – the Adam. He needed to square up fast. Otherwise he will turn around to be man’s errand boy. For him the gap was too much, as vast and deep as an ocean. He sought for a way to attack God, and could not get near him. So he decided to get at God through Man. He saw that one of the prongs of humanity was not around in their journey of companionship. You toy with the Marriage Institution or the unity of the human family at your own risk!
Sin or evil is defined as a “privation”, “a lack” or “the absence of what ought to be” in the moral consciousness. Thus, the seed of evil or deception was sowed in eve - the other prong of humanity. No wonder when the serpent came calling, it did not find it difficult to convince Eve about the fruit from “the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.”
To launch an attack on man, Lucifer disguised as a serpent - a very subtle animal that is very much lower than man yet incomparable to the angels. And you know angels have the capacity to transform into beautiful and noble creatures but why serpent naa!. He did not transform into a dove or an eagle. He transformed into a serpent because the subtleness or cleverness or powerful intelligence of the serpent will put the man out of balance immediately. It may be the case that Lucifer may have not been conscious of the fact that he was, consciously or unconsciously, attacking God directly. But because God is eternally immutable unity, goodness and beauty, the ball or bullet shot by Lucifer bounce4d back and boomeranged. The powerful intelligence of the serpent was no match for the Divine Mystical intelligence (Omniscience). After all, “imara nke a, ima nke ozo?” – the Igbo’s say (If you know or have knowledge of this particular thing, do you also know or have knowledge of this other one?). The ball bounced back and the bullet misfired with thunderous violence. And that is the meaning of the FALL. And what a fall! indeed, a FALL!!!
An attack against God is the meaning of Total, Irrevocable and Irreversible failure.
No one can attack God and get away with it. It has always boomeranged, and it will always. It bounces back with the force of failure, of death, of a monster. In his effort to upgrade and re-assert himself and take back what he thought he had lost to man, Lucifer disguised himself as a serpent to feed man with disobedience in the guise of giving more power, prestige and popularity while in actual fact he was feeding man with destruction and death. And again, disobedience has an intrinsic character that attempts to detract, challenge, diminish and subdue the omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience of God. When God wills a thing or speaks his words or places a command or gives a directive, it is disobedience that says or replies: Eh yea! Please God you do not have the power; you cannot be everywhere at the same time and; of course, you do not know anything at all about this matter. So, forget it!
I am compelled to believe that the serpent was not evil before the Fall of Man. After all, it was one of the creatures, perhaps an animal with four legs but very subtle or clever or powerfully intelligent. Do not allow yourself to be used and do not allow anybody to use you to launch an attack against God. Do not abuse your God-given talents and intelligence by using it to fashion out ideas, sponsor projects and promote causes that are evil. It will always boomerang. And know you that God is just. Therefore, the judgment was immediate and direct. Lucifer, since you have chosen to create yourself into “total privation” and vocalized this to the woman, then retain your self-imposed identity – Evil. For you the serpent, since you allowed yourself to be reduced to a monster by the way you chose to apply your powerful intelligence, then remain that way. And you woman, you had all it takes to produce abundance of life by the fact of the availability of the fruit of the “Tree of Life” but you chose to, first of all know the true color of life and death and to choose which one you preferred, then I leave you to live fully the burden of this knowledge. And as for you Adam - my own Adam – if this is the way you have chosen to exercise your power and authority by using them to fashion out your own happiness and joy in your own way and independent of your creator, so be it too.
Therefore, disobedience is a conscious or unconscious attack against God. It could be direct or indirect, implicit or explicit. Supposing God knows that a fatal accident will come your way today and he says: “Hey Fr. Kenneth take life by accommodating and paying the transport fare of the passenger who will come to sit by your side inside the Bus you will board today to go to Owerri!” And when the time comes, I refuse to help a poor widow who has no transport fare to Owerri because I was preserving the only N1000 in my pocket, then that is disobedience.
Most times, disobedience manifests itself in the form of “self– importance”. It is about an excessive and disgusting inflammation of the Ego (the self) that finds its equivalent and concrete form in pride and arrogance.
Disobedience is the fueling ingredient of subversion, failure, shame and death against every objective reality, goal, vision and mission. Through disobedience, “man (its generic sense) lost the Beatific vision, had his mission subverted and failed to achieve the goal set for him. Reality was turned upside down. And truth was made to walk on its head. If the woman was guilty, how much more is the man – somebody can easily be misled about beauty, but why would eternal goodness has a lack or imperfection? What Eve could not conquer because of a deception that led to a loss of the beatific vision, is conquerable and could have been conquered effortless by eternal goodness that does not admit of or fall prey to deception. Eve could have pointed to Adam and then tell the serpent that whatever was lacking in her – if, and that is, if anything was actually lacking – is found in the other part of her that is “Adam” (in its individual sense). Lucifer could have seen the supernatural enthronement of the beauty and glory he shared with God in the woman and got annoyed and then decided to fight God. But had Eve any or reason whatsoever cause for doubting God and comparing eternal beauty in her with the attractions of the fruit from the tree of life and death response and most and equate the best to the serpent’s antics and attractions of the forbidden fruit was for Eve to point at her Adam and say, I am beautiful and glorious, but He is powerful and eternally good. The best response Adam could have given to Eve was to point to God and say “I am good and powerful, but I don’t want anything. He is the Omnipotent, Omniscience and Omnipresent. And I don’t have any problem with that. Adam did not do this either. Worst still, when God confronted him with the truth, he was not humble enough to tell himself the truth. He rather became subversive.
In Lucifer, God scored an inescapable point about his omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence. In Adam, greed and arrogance denied man the possession of eternal Goodness and expelled him from life. In Eve, greed denied man the possession of the beatific vision and confined man to perpetual darkness and anguish. In the serpent every creature who accepts to be used to launch an attack against God came to know what its real nature is – a monster or dragon.
We must learn to be humble. This is what Socrates meant when he said “Man know thyself”. Humility is the real, adequate and exact evaluation and appreciation of our person. When you fail to be humble, the tendency is for you become full of yourself, proud and arrogant. At this point disobedience to God will set in. An English adage says: Pride goes before a fall. If Adam actually knew whom he was? Did Eve actually knew whom she was? If they did, they would not have spent their time and energies pursuing shadows. Lucifer and the serpent could not have wasted their time and energies laying claims to false and non-existent self-importance. They all would have been humbleand remained humble.
Humility as a virtue helps me to locate my person and appreciate who and what I am and can be in the unchanging scheme of Divine Plan and Government – a Special Project. At the same time, I know also what I can be and what I cannot do without him.
The Gospel of today is very powerful. In a generation of or inside the sprawling Mansions of Pharisees – and there are many Pharisees today in the Church and in our nation – the Lecture on humility is timely and instructive. An understanding or total appreciation by a Pharisee of whom and what each and every one of us is in God and whom and what we can be in Christ Jesus became necessary. Jesus did not keep quite and did not mortgage his Prophetic Voice for the reason of the fat envelope he will get, the friendship he win or the popularity that awaited him as a special guest to a governor. He spoke out. There and then, he raised the Social Question. He took time to educate them on the practicalities of the Social Teachings of the Church. He made a strong case for the poor, the hungry, the rejected, the widows and orphans. A Pharisee is very powerful, authoritative and influential but professedly proud and arrogant. Most often the pride and arrogance are hidden away under the regalia of false humility and piety which in turn gives them a certain sense of superiority complex that makes them look down on every other person around them. In this way, inequalities, injustices, abuses of rights and offices, segregations and deprivations took over and ruled the Jewish community but remained undetected and unchallenged. The issue assumed greater complexity when and became a risky question when an attempt to challenge or question the status quo was perceived to be an attack against God’s Commandments or doctrines and dogmas of the Church. But here was Jesus taking the bull by the horn. He spoke Liberation. He transformed into a fierce freedom fighter, a social justice activist and a astute analyst of a situation of systemic decay that had bedeviled our society. That is Jesus, the Saviour. There is Jesus the Lamb of God. But This Day, there came Jesus the Liberation Theologian; the Saviour; the Freedom Fighter; the Social Justice Activist. And he placed things in their proper context.
The 2ndReading made it succinctly clear that humility achieved in this way is the Passport to the Kingdom of Heaven, the only Visa to a New Nigeria and the only assurance to the Hebrew-13 kind of Festival come the 2013 Electoral Festival.
HEBREWS 13: 1 – 7 is real and must be real for all of us.
Pharasaism is very disgusting and exasperating a thing. You may have been to many festivals, to many high profile rallies, to more popular and populated crusades, etc; you may be or appear to be very matured and convinced about your decisions and actions; you may know and, or have had a date with V.I.P’s all over the world, but be HUMBLE if you want to come to the kind of festival that is the Hebrews Chapter 13 kind of Festival for the Igbo man or woman; for the Yorubas, for the Hausas, Ogonis, Ijaws, Fulanis, Idomas, the L.C.M is Humility.
According to reports by The Guardian Newspaper of Tuesday, August 13, the 2023 National Bar Association Conference which held in Lagos between 12-13th August has its theme as: Bold Transition. During the occasion, Chimamanda Adichie, in her Keynote Address was quoted as saying that Nigerians, especially, young citizens, do not have enough leaders to look up to in the current system. Adichie said we are starved of heroes and that our young people do not find people to look up toanymore. She however exhorted well-meaning Nigerians to speak out even at the risk of being called names. Often she herself has been called troublesome although it is never enjoyable to be regarded as so. For me, the most significant moment of the 2023 National Bar Association Conference came when Adichie said:
“My experience made me think there is something dead in us, in our society; a death of self-awareness and the ability for self-criticism. There is need for Resurrection.”
If you do a critical analysis and evaluation of the Nigerian situation, you will discover the depth of the insight which this iconic woman has thrown up for a National Resurrection, or if you like, National Resuscitation. Nigeria replicates the picture of the Valley of Dry Bones. Technically, how can the events of Eziekiel 37: (The Valley of Dry Bones) be made to transform into the Hebrew Chapter 13 kind of Festival for Nigerians come 2023?
Nigeria is not just politically, economically, socially and educationally dead. She is clinically dead, and yet no one takes responsibility for this. In Abia State, for instance, all the national companies have gone moribund – think of UNILEVER, Aba Textile Mills Ltd, Abia Publishing Company that printed the Newspapers. Today the Nigerian Breweries and Guinness Nigeria are mere deports just because somebody would stay in the comfort of his bedroom, sign a sheet of paper appointing himself as the major shareholder and use Nigerian security operatives to send it to the office of a cooperation or government ministry for unquestionable endorsement, and then prompts a club of rubber stamped lawmakers to enact laws to back their criminality. Others would loot public funds, use them to build plazas, then turn around to destroy functional markets from where they looted the funds and use the Nigerian Security Operatives to drive the original owners away and compel them to rent shops in his/her own plaza at exorbitant rates.
These terrorists and fraudsters are the ones who have turned around to use Nigerian Security Forces to harass and kill innocent citizens. When Nnamdi Kanu shouts Biafra they call him a terrorist. When Sunday Ugboho shouts Oduduwa Republic, they shout Treason. When Omoyele Sowore shouts RevolutionNow’, they call him a trouble maker.
But anytime there is any attempt to address their criminality in a constitutional way, they shout: “Constitution! Due Process!! Rule of Law!!!
They shout Islam! They shout Church! But these they have thrown into pit latrine. They have desecrated the Quoran and the Bible and have gone ahead to kill the true prophets of God. In the Book of Acts of the Apostles 7:52, the Bible lamented thus: “... Tell me any of the prophets your fathers did not persecute”. Of course, you know better. They persecuted Prophet Jeremiah and threw him into a pit; they deployed all the resources of the State to pursue Prophet Elijah; they killed John the Baptist to appease their girl friend; they killed Jesus Christ and had him crucified between two thieves.They shout “security” but they are the ones who arm and sponsor terrorists in the North East; run kidnap gangs in the South East and celebrate a terrorist Kingpin as a Yoruba hero.
The best response and a justified approach to the situation is for all those who are or have held public offices – electoral or by appointments, even in the different government and parastatals – to be put to death by stoning. Kill Muhammadu Buhari by stoning him to death!Kill Ahmed Bola Tinubu by stoning him to death! Kill Orji Uzor Kalu, and not just only him but all former and present governors by stoning them to death! Kill the Federal Ministers, the Lawmakers, Commissioners Permanent Secretaries, Contractors, e.t.c. Kill them and all of them in that category. These people are beasts. If you know what these people have done to you and to the future of the young people, then you will know you have no alternatives. This seems to be the only effective option. This is what it means to rescue Nigeria and liberate the masses.
But this is not an option at all. Jungle justice, violence, mob action, raw murder and hate speech do not and cannot achieve any tangible good or donate some fertile ground from which the seeds of true dialogue, restitution, peace, justice and development can spring forth.
In a lecture titled: “Terrorism: the World is Confronted with Narcissists of Death”, Professor Wole Soyinka decried the Nigerian predicament about the Boko Haram terrorist sect and went ahead to emphasize the kind of vigilance that is required for the terrorist scourge to be fully and effectively overcome. Thus, writes the noble professor:
“Let us learn to repudiate the language of political correctness that attempts to dim the incandescent rage that is justly felt in us as a response to assaults on our humanity. … This is the language of appeasement - an indulgence that urges Africa to accept a renewed condition of enslavement. Appeasement is the diet of impunity. For those who seek explanations for the intolerable (including these acts of executive rascality, terrorism, corruption, impunity, etc) in the role of memory, in historical precedents, in distant causes and effects even from remote times, these (propaganda, misplaced, emphasis on the language of political correctness, and other grounds where terrorist templates are cultivated and nurtured) are all legitimate zones of enquiry, and corrective action in the present becomes a social and political duty. Surely by this precedent we should have learnt to stop parroting the time-worn clichés of social disaffections as acceptable causative factors for the dehumanizing of our kind.
This nasty but challenging oddity requires that we dismantle and sanction immediately the hegemony instituted by politicians and religious leaders of the stomach infrastructure which has given room for many clowns and terrorist kingpins from the axis of evil to usurp and defecate unsparingly on the political space that has come to the grip of the poor, hungry, sick, suffering, hopeless, helpless, hopeless, defrauded, disenfranchised and terrorized Nigerian masses come 2023 Electoral Festival especially the kind that is presented to us in the 2nd Reading of today from the Letter to the Hebrews Chapter 12: 18-19, 22-24a.
There has been controversy surrounding the identity of the author of the Letter to the Hebrews though some insist that it was written by the apostle to the gentiles, St. Paul. Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that what the compass is to the pilot or the sailor is what the book of the Letter to Hebrews is to the man of faith. The peak of the Letter to the Hebrews is found in Chapter 11:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. By faith Abel… Enoch, Abraham..Noah.. Without faith it is impossible to please God: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.6 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
By faith Isaac, Jacob, Joseph… By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthar; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Today, Theology is fully contextualized. And Africa is in dire need of Liberation. The Social Question about justice, equality, equity peace and development assert and re-assert themselves. It is from this perspective that you can understand the person and struggles of people like Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Sunday Ughoho and his agitation for an Oduduwa Nation, Omoyele Sowore and the imperative of the “Revolutionow”.
The absence of viable alternatives is what makes the Biafran Cause an imperative. The Biafran Cause is Holy! It is a worthwhile Liberative Struggle. This is true because it is part of the Salvation History which came to its peak in the events of the Virgin Birth, life, suffering,, death and resurrection of Our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ became our Liberator from sin, slavery, hunger, diseases and poverty. That the physician turned evangelist, St. Luke deliberatively avoided the phrase “in spirit” in his own account of the Seven Beatitudes and instead wrote: Blessed are the Poor” is instructive to a sick people and a dead nation like Nigeria. Somewhere in the neighborhoods, pensioners and salary earners collapse and die out of the shock of being owed 30 months arrears; thousands are feeding from the dustbins with all its risk of pollution and contaminations for health. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu prefigures the person and struggles of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world. In this sense I can tell you, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is our Saviour.
Holy! Holy!! Ho-ooly!!
Nnamdi Kanu is our Savior.
Biafra is a voice of conscience, a cry for justice for Igbo sons and daughters to come and build a Home for themselves.
And so any Igbo man or woman who fails to support and fight for the Biafran Cause but goes about disparaging and labeling Mazi Nnamdi Kanu a terrorist is a Big Child, a Big fool and a Big Idiot. For the gods are now wiser. That some unseen hands and unknown faces are working hard, day and night, to force IPOB wear the regalia of terror does not make Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB a terrorist organization. Terrorists are everywhere in Nigeria. Terrorists hold and control the levers and reigns of the Nigerian Government Terrorists occupy the Gubernatorial Stools and National/State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria. Men who lack honour and integrity covet righteousness unto themselves. The Igbo nation has become addicted to vanities for too long. The Igbo man is virtually everywhere in Nigeria and in the world but has no home.
‘A man’s vanity tells him what honour is. But his conscience tells him what justice is.
If Prophet Mohammed was a true prophet of God (and there is no doubt that he was, at least, going by the Faith of Islam) with a message of salvation for true Muslims, then it must equally be noted that there is no way Prophet Mohammed would not support and fight for the liberation of the Igbo nation. Liberation is a divinized event. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is holy, not in the Christian sense of being a saint, but in the sense of being a sacred traditional Igbo symbol of true and authentic liberation endorsed by the gods! In Igbo land, you toy with a sacred symbol at your own risk.
The only tolerable alternative to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Biafra is Omoyele Sowore and the execution of “the RevolutionNow” project. Among the few individuals that have come out as Presidential candidates, the best is Omoyele Sowore of Action Alliance Congress (AAC). I am so passionate about Omoyele Sowore. I was in Lagos, precisely at Labour House, ACME Road, Ikeja to commensurate with Omoyele Sowore on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Birthday in 2021. We met briefly after the celebration and it was there that I got convinced about the “RevolutionNow” Project.I am a member of the “REVOLUTIONNOW”. Yele is, first of all, a Freedom Fighter, a Social Justice Activist, an American trained Diplomat, a Voice of Reason, a convinced Democrat, an astute Intellectual, an Ijaw Hero and a frontline Yoruba Nationalist before he is a politician. Politics is only a second nature to him. In politics, his catchphrase is “Constitutionalism”. It is only within this context of “Constitutionalism” that Omoyele Sowere tries locate the inevitability of a “RevolutionNow”, and not outside it or in the sense of anarchy and violence. For a violent revolution is no revolution at all because it commits everything - including sacred symbols, paradigms of truth, tested values and hard-to-come-by infrastructures - to the flames.
Solidarity is our power (X3)
For the RevolutionNow!
Hear me, and hear me well!There is no alternative and there cannot be an alternative to Nnamdi Kanu’s Vision for the Biafra. Nigeria is completely dead. But a miracle is possible. And the kind of miracle that can wake Nigeria up and back to life is Revolution. Revolution Now – the Omoyele Sowore, Nnamdi Kanu or Sunday Ugboho way. As far as the Biafran Cause is concerned, the Peter Obi Presidency is, at its best, an intolerable, disgusting, insulting, exasperating and humiliating alternative. This picture becomes clearer in reference to the Federal Government approach to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Nigerians, however, can find a compromise candidate in Peter Obi. Peter Obi is resourceful, resolute and resilient. But no well-meaning, resolute and compromise candidate can ignore the levers of true and authentic liberation, nationhood and progress which are at work in Nigeria as personified in the lives and struggles of Omoyele Sowore, Sunday Ugboho, Lamido Sanusi Lamido and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The willingness, readiness and manifest capacity to align with and achieve a coalition with these platforms of liberation and progress show the only pathway to a new Nigeria. And such a coalition is a function of solidarity. Identify with them as individuals; call them to the dialogue table as equals and comrades not as enemies or beggars and go ahead to make the necessary concessions. After this, Peter Obi can then go ahead to stand for the election.
If the Peter Obi presidency project is to succeed and be effective, he must be seen to be a real and authentic prefigurement of Omoyele Sowore, Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Ugboho, and reasonably powerful members of the Northern establishment who are committed to dialogue, peace, equity, equality, justice and development. For instance such gaps between Peter Obi and Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Engr, Buba Galadima, etc must be closed.
Nigerians are not going to walk through the 2023 Nigeria Electoral Festival. They are going to fight their way through to the festival. If you like call it Igbo – civilian war, Yoruba-Hausa War, Muslim–Christian War or Regional war. Whatever it is, it is a war. It is what it is and cannot be what it is not. And we have been deceived for too long with beautiful but unproductive sermons, lectures, seminars and handbills on peace, justice, development and dialogue. Nigerians need a national David to lead them to war against territorial, regional, national and global giants.
Igbos are not saying Peter Obi should become President so that he will take all the monies accruing to Nigeria to build Igbo Nation. But that the only pedestal upon which faith and trust can be reposed on the so called Nigerian project is on an Igbo Presidency. And not just any how Igbo Presidency but the Peter Obi Presidency Project. Otherwise, to hell with your one Nigeria!
This was the kind of Gospel that trended at the Adoration Ministry grounds, Umuchigbo, Emene, Enugu in EnuguState during the event of the 2018 Adoration Harvest and Bazaar. The Adoration Family gave Peter Obi a red-carpet reception and, summarily, told him:
“Brother Peter Obi, welcome! You are our own. Take a Seat. As for this election, wait. Wait! And there is the need to wait. Do not sell your birthright. Just Wait upon the Eucharistic Jesus, exactly where you belong. And while waiting, and since you have the resources and Big Brother Naija Heart to do it, take up a Project on behalf of Adoration Ministry. And you are here at the ripe time. Today is Adoration Ministry’s 2018 Harvest/Bazaar and Adoration Ministry needs money. Please donate generously. However, this ground is very slippery – look at the caliber of people here. So Adoration Ministry has devised a method of donation so as to run away from the trap of her Enemies. Make your donations publicly and then go home. Wherever it is and whenever it comes, the Adoration Family is with you”.
Instructively, Peter Obi did not say he was not willing to give Fr. Mbaka money. Fr. Mbaka did not quarrel with Peter Obi because he did not donate money to the Adoration Ministry. The point of disagreement was on the method of disbursement. Fr. Mbaka, following a divine security impulse, insisted on publicity. Peter Obi, acting on the impulse of humility and maturity, insisted on doing this privately. Fr. Mbaka loved and has deep respect for Peter Obi whose two siblings are a Catholic Priest and a Rev. Sister besides the fact that he is a benefactor of the Church in Nigeria and an eminent Igbo son. But there was no way he could bypass clearly stated divine instructions to acquiesce to a mere human though virtuous principle. This is a luxury Christ himself could not afford in the Gospel Reading of today.
I know today many people would hate me for this. In the Bible, Jesus Christ saw a man with a withered hand and summoned him unto himself and told him to stretch out his hands. The Jews became alert watching to see if Jesus would cure him so that they could raise an accusation against him because it was a Sabbath Day. Perceiving their intent, Jesus took them to the Sabbath Court by asking them: Is it lawful to do good on a Sabbath day or to do evil; to save life or to destroy it? They were silenced.
This was a debt that the elite Northern elders and powerful Muslims did not tell their brother Buhari but rather choose to play to the gallery. Today, the levers of power and the appurtenances of government have been handed over to Fulani terrorists while Buhari looks the other way and pretends to be helpless. Yet he has the audacity and political will to label Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB a terrorist organization. What an insult. The Yoruba’s lost the powerful provisions that costly and sacrificial nationalist struggles and democratic mobilizations laid at the feet of the Oduduwa nation when they short-changed the candidacy of Pastor Tunde Bakare with that of Pastor (Prof) Yemi Osibanjo as Vice President. In the coalition with scoundrels, renegades, terrorists and fraudsters, Buharism has been murdered, the heroic spirit of NADECO is traumatized and Awoism subverted.
Adoration Ministry saw this swallowing gulf between a sick citizenry and a dead nation and immediately swung into action But stomach infrastructure analysts ceased the opportunity to have a field day.
There may have existed an insignificant ruse between Fr. Mbaka and Peter Obi, but it is the work of theorizers - especially those in the ranks of the Catholic Priesthood - who have no knowledge of the workings of the Holy Spirit and disparage the instruments God has mapped out for himself that chained Fr. Mbaka hands and feet, brought him to the slaughterhouse and cut him into pieces. They inadvertently incurred the wrath of God upon Peter Obi except for the Intercession that has been going on his behalf. It is from such closet of Intercession for our beloved Peter Obi that the outburst came out and not out of frustrations over money given and not given. The prophetic outburst is:
“Peter Obi is stingy and can never win any election in Nigeria”.
In 1st Corinthians, 1, 17 – 25, Apostle Paul says:
“The Message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but for us who are being saved, it is the power of God. For it written, I will destroy the Wisdom of the Wise and the Learning of the Learned I will set aside. Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made the Wisdom of the World foolish? For since in the Wisdom of God, the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the propagation to save those who have faith. For Jews demand Christ and Greeks look for Wisdom, but we – the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria, AMEN (as ably led by the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Spiritual Director, Very Rev. Fr. Camilius Ejike Mbaka) – proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and greeks alike, Christ the Power of God and the Wisdom of God. For the Foolishness of God is Wiser than Human wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger that human strength”.
I did not write this portion of the Bible and, significantly, the text is from the Knight of St. Mulumba’s 2022 Liturgical Diary. Peter Obi holds sawy in the domain of the Knighthood where Peter Obi in a very positive and productive manner.
“For those who live according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit think about the things of the spirit. For the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the spirit is life and peace. For the mindset of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit itself to God’s law, for it is unable to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (1 Cor 8: 5 - 8).
How can a priest sit over six bottles of Guinness Stout or Heineken, enter his car and drive away to a football field and latter return home very tired and worn out, then goes to bed and sleeps until he is woken up by a knock for the celebration of the Mass the following day without even a five minute meditation? And from week to week, you cannot find him with rosary beads but with Timaya and Tupac albums blaring from his room or car. These are the people that interpreted the Messages that the Holy Spirit has given.
I am not a saint and I am not even a virgin. I am not allergic to good and decent life bargains and recreation exercises. In fact, Heineken and Guinness Stout are my brands. Generally, there are moments of my life as a priest I am not very proud of. I have committed them to God’s mercy. Therefore, I am not claiming anything except what the grace of God has given. I can also authoritatively say this about Fr. Mbaka. But when we say that some he-goats and black sheep congregate around some Episcopal Sees, we know what we are talking about.
On one occasion Fr. Mbaka was summoned to face a trial by the Diocesan Curia. And he was told to tell the people the truth. I do not actually know what other lumps of truth Fr. Mbaka has failed to tell the people. But if it is in reference to Peter Obi, then the Igbo race, the nation and the Church should hear the truth. Thus says the Lord:
“Peter Obi is stingy and can never win any election in Nigeria”.
Come 2023, Peter Obi is the only Igbo man that is most fitted for the job. But there are hitches.
Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s greatest sin was that he dared to expose and deployed huge resources to effectively tame and expunge the “evil growth” that was mentioned in today’s gospel which had taken root in American life. John F. Kennedy was not just a man of faith, he and his entire Family - Father, Mother Brothers and many relations were an epitome of true and authentic Catholicism. This is vintage Peter Obi.
Global and national politics have all become infected with a complex and octopus “Evil Virus” or “Evil Genius”. The 1stReading calls it “Evil Growth”.
In the October 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered an Address to the Congress. Consequently, the Cabalistic Establishment - many of whom were Catholics also - decided President Kennedy must be gotten rid off because he had transgressed boundaries. And few days later, America lost the best of its own through a gruesome assassination.
It was the darkest day in American history. In the death of Kennedy, America lost its narrative. What is happening today is deeper than what the eyes can see. It is a cruel global dictatorship.
Since then, America has never and will never return to her best until she chooses to return to her roots. America is a nation that is built on the foundations of the Gospel and cannot be any better except if the “Evil Growth” that has wounded, vandalized and destroyed the greater part of the American Establishment is removed through a major surgery initiated and executed by the Gospel. President Donald Trump gallantly fought against the “Evil Growth” in the American Establishment despite his weaknesses.
Putin is fighting the war of his life though regrettably, Ukraine is being unjustly and cruelly made to pass through genocide. These are some of the basic contradictions thrown up by Satanic Global Dictatorship. Putin perceives the fact that the presence of NATO in Ukraine is a tyranny that will swallow the sovereignty of Russia. Ukraine must become aware of the monumental threat to Russian Sovereignty as a way of making meaningful and impactful attempt to escape the genocide against her citizens. Ukraine is powerful. And in Russian’s Putin global military dictatorship has found a direct and equal opposition. Trump went to North Korea to dialogue with its arch enemy. Why would Joe Biden and NATO not go to Russia to negotiate an acceptable truce about their operations in the defunct Union of Soviet Socialist Republic especially in reference to Russia?
I have had series of Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary where She introduced herself to me as Our Lady of Fatima and Queen/Patroness of Nigeria. In one of the apparitions she told me that the verdict of the Church about the 3rd Secret of Fatima Message will be a lofty verdict in the public domain before it can become a topic for an Ecumenical Council. It has to be seen to be a living and powerful prong of the faith beckoning on the Church to claim what is hers and cannot but be hers. Since after the apparitions and when it is deemed necessary, Our Lady communicates with me with the countenance of an angel. Right now there is a plot by a global satanic dictatorship to subvert the Fatima Message about Russia and hide behind it to raise a weapon of ostracisation against Russia. The Church must not align with such a satanic agenda against a generation of struggling Russians.
Ukrainian Zeleniscky is a very courageous leader. But he needs to tell the U.S and the NATO Allied Forces that Ukraine, though an Independent and Sovereign Nation, is too fragile to host a global military dictatorship in the region and that an attempt to impose this on Ukraine has genocidal implications for the Ukrainian people. This is the point Russia’s President Putin is making. You cannot serve the security needs of the neighborhoods wearing the toga of terror. And any day Ukraine and the NATO understand this, the war in Ukraine will end. And if Putin feels he can prolong the war unnecessarily, the U.N. will have an effective response ready.
The cruel assassination of a John F. Kennedy of the Nigerian political establishment may appear to be a national tragedy. Beyond this, it would mark the final phase in the execution of the plan of genocide against the Igbo nation and the total annihilation or extinction of the Christian population in Nigeria. To avoid this tragedy, Peter Obi must expand the frontiers of his political engagements to accommodate, dialogue with and enter into visible alliances with people like Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Engr. Buba Galadima, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Ugboho, the RevolutionNow group convoked by Omoyele Sowore, Fr. Ejike Mbaka, e.t.c., and raise these platforms to a status of formidable force for the 2023 Hebrew 13 kind of festival. This was a need Mr. Muhammadu overlooked in reference to CPC during the CPC, ACN and ANPP merger that gave birth to APC.
Take it or leave! Anyday! Anytime!! Anywhere! Muhammadu Buhari maybe a fanatic, a tribalist and an illiterate. Yet he is a man; one of the finniest Islamic minds and a victor. But in the presence of daunting tasks that have failed to win his attention, we do not dwell on what has happened but on what can be done. This is the significance of Peter Obi. The compromise candidate is Peter Obi. But Peter Obi, as he is presently, is not the best he can be. What Adoration Family is doing for Peter Obi is what the Islamic community failed to do for Muhammadu Buhari.
Emphatically, I am an adorer. By this I mean that I belong to Adoration Ministry and I have been a member for over 23 years. I am also privileged to be one of the household theologians of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN).
Personally also, I need money. I need a car and sponsorship for MARYSROSE but I cannot sell or mortgage my prophetic mouth because of money. Anyone who can help, here are two Bank Accounts through which you can reach me:
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God says, close down the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN) and kill Fr. Camilius Ejike Mbaka today, six more frightening Fr. Mbakas will rise up to adore Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Fr. Mbaka and Adoration Ministry love Peter Obi. Personally, I like Peter Obi. But between David and Nathan, the truth must be told.Somebody may ask how much I was paid to do this or how much would Fr. Mbaka pay me? Well, my humble and respectful response will shock you. For the past four years and in the presence of daunting tasks, I have been asking Fr. Mbaka to bail me out with a loan of Five Million Naira only. And he has not bulged. Each time I bring the report before the Lord, an angel of God that appears to me with the countenance of Our Blessed Lady would tell me to be patient with my brother. I am not a greedy person and I bear no grudges. Love is the greatest.
Also, the Adoration Ministry needs money to continue her good works. And, in fact, adorers who have failed to make their Tithe remittances to Adoration Ministry are being ungrateful. The same for all those who have withheld their Project support for the ministry. There is no cause to be ungrateful. There is, instead every cause to show gratitude to God. For God is still God. You must know that Fr. Mbaka has humanitarian projects that are a huge but happy burden upon his shoulder. I took time out to visit Fr. Mbaka in February where I had the privilege of meeting with him for about two hours behind closed doors. The Adoration Ministry was cash trapped in 2020 owing to the Covid-19 lockdown. Confidentially, Fr. Mbaka told me that he had to empty the Bank Account of Aqua Rapha Industries Limited to the tune of 800Million Naira to meet Charity obligations. Early January, he went to the bank and secured another loan of over 700Million Naira for the same purpose.Fr. Mbaka is a father to the fatherless, a benefactor to widows and widowers, a sponsor to pupils/students (both those in the Secondary and Tertiary institutions) and the one many apprentices are waiting for at the end of their apprenticeship.
A certain façade of pride and arrogance seem to naturally define the Tunde Bakare personality. But behind this façade lies a spiritual and prophetic force that is and can only be a gift snatched from the sacred chambers of divine wisdom and total commitment to the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the gift of Prophetic Bluntness as against Political Correctness. What has Political Correctness achieved for Nigeria and her people? Hate him or like him, if you like. But you cannot escape the force of his ideas and convictions about Nigeria. At a stage, he seemed to Bakare shut up his mouth because he did not want anybody to say he was envious of Yemi Osibanjo or a cog in the wheel of Yoruba progress. Even as he has moved on with his life trying to face his ministry and build a church auditorium, he has become an object of ridicule. He preferred to retain his prophetic voice by avoiding the sponsorship of corrupt men and women in politics. But to move the ministry forward, he went to borrow from Wema Bank. He borrowed to build a fitting edifice for God in Nigeria. But those who are mocking him, including state governors, have borrowed to fly their girlfriends to Dubai for shopping and to buy houses in Panama which they may never sleep in for a day. As a result of their greed, banks, educational institutions, religious organizations, co-operate businesses and families have collapsed. A state Governor can owe a pension and salary arrears for 30 months. What a shame! For those disparaging Tunde Bakare and Fr. Mbaka and the shame they fling to his face, I point you to the cross and say: what a greater shame! This is a confirmed message.
I am not Bakare’s spokesperson and I am not even sure he will buy my ideas here. I even have my problems with him especially when he said recently that the Igbos are under a curse by Tafawa Balewa. I quickly wrote a violent commentary which I later deleted. Tafawa Balewa does not have what it takes to decide the future and destiny of a single Igbo man except what we gave him as a leader. But have the issues raised by the 1966 coup and which eventually led to the civil war been resolved. To hell with Tafawa Balewa’s Igbo indictment! But let’s come down to facts. There is a way in which the Igbo race cannot escape totally the Tunde Bakare prophetic onslaught. This is not in reference to Tafawa Balea nor to any Nigerian judgment sheet but in reference to Apostle Paul’s exhortations or rebuke on Galatians Gal 3 : 1 – 4, 4:8 – 11.
“You foolish Galatians! Who has hypnotized you! …I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the spirit by the works of the law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the spirit, are you now going to be made complete by the flesh? Did you suffer so much for nothing.. if fact, it was for suffering. … The righteous will leave by faith”.
THANK YOU ALL FOR LISTENING TO THIOS VERY IMPORTANT LECTURE! AND REMAIN BLESSED!
NOW, LET’S HAVE A CONGREGATIONAL HYMN!
- 1. Just as I am Without One Plea.
- He Takes a Beggar and Makes Him a King.
HE TAKES A BEGGAR AND MAKES HIM THE KING
From rags unto riches, from silver to gold;
From tinsel to diamonds of value untold.
From the slums to a palace forever to sing.
He takes a beggar and makes him a king.
He lifted the poor from the dust to the throne
He shelters the orphans and calls them his own;
He healeth the blind and he makes the dumb sing;
He takes a beggar and makes him a king.
From slavery to freedom, from darkness to light
He gives joy for sorrow: and peace for a strife
A husband to widows; to sinners a friend
He takes a beggar and makes him a king.
He changes our dwelling for a mansion so bright
He changes our clothing for garments of light
From the dust to the throne we with Jesus now reign
He takes a beggar and makes him a king
God can change your darkness to light
He can do what no man can do
Trust and believe him He’s the same today
He takes a beggar and make a king.
Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient God; we worship you. Sole Maker and Supreme Caretaker of the Storeroom of Providence: we adore you. Lord, you allot each person his/her tasks and determine the just rewards of each person’s labour. Deign to look upon your people, your Church, our nation Nigeria and, most especially the Igbo nation, with mercy and kindness.
At this time O Lord, from Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Fulani, Ijaw, Idoma, Efik and across Nigeria, release instruments and vehicles that have the capacity to take us to the Hebrew 13 kind of festival in 2023: and show the road to a festival of justice, equity, equality, peace and progress for our nation Nigeria.
And in the event that there are no such things, rebuke the weapons that the enemy has deployed to make your people and your Church impotent and unproductive; and those other weapons that have been deployed to kill Nnamdi Kanu and destroy the Biafran cause. Standing on the powerful provisions of Psalm 35, we make this Prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. AMEN!
© 2022 Father Kenneth Evurulobi