Hey guys!

I’d like to introduce a new series called

Sound Off

which would be running on the blog on a weekly basis. It is where I (and sometimes guest writers) would be expressing opinions on different subjects in the news from politics to the economy, business, fashion, the law, entertainment and so on. In addition, I shall be sounding off on anything that happens around me, Lagos, Nigeria and the world that piques my interest and on which I’d like to share my 2 cents.
If you would like to sound off on any issue in the news, social media or generally, feel free to send a mail to thedotkblog@gmail.com with the subject “Sound Off” stating what exactly you would like to sound off on and (as briefly as possible) why.
Happy reading! Thank you.

So back to why I summoned asked you nicely to come here:
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Three days ago, I was at work surfing the web and in my bid to keep myself informed, I decided to visit CNN‘s website to see what was making headlines in this beautiful world of ours. As expected, most of the headlines had to do with the Charlie Hebdo situation (and by “situation“, I in no way undermine the gravity of what occurred).

Topping the feed was news on Hayat Boumeddiene the wife of one of the men involved in the shooting. She is at large and is reportedly making her way to Syria where ISIS is based. She is wanted in connection to the shooting. Although it appears from her tracked movements that she might not have been in Paris at the time the incident occurred, authorities have reason to believe that she is either a co-conspirator or knows enough about it to be a person of interest.

Yes this has nothing to do with the title of this post but please, a lirru patience #NotJonathan. I decided to search for “Nigeria” on the website out of curiosity and to see what CNN had to say about us. As expected, the headlines were mostly Boko Haram related news lined up one after the other like pupils on an assembly ground. It was just… It made me mad, sad, frustrated and disappointed all at the same time. Mad at the audacity of a group of people aka terrorists who have single-handedly become the biggest problem of the giant of Africa. Sad at the thousands of lives that have been wasted, the homes, schools, churches, mosques and places of business that have been destroyed, the families that have been ripped apart and the innocence of little boys and girls that have been stolen in a crusade for what nobody even really knows or understands. That is the frustrating part. I don’t understand anymore. I don’t know what they want. Some say they want us to become an Islamic State but if that is their intention, they have by their mindless acts of violence hurt the members and institutions of their faith so how does that align with their goal? I don’t know.
It’s like:

BH: What do we want?!
BH: djhdg-an-islamic-state-yftfduh-your-girls-dbgfgywcv-no-western-education-jywqsdtyvbk
BH: When do we want it?!
BH: hzxchhtklpwqhtgbyk
*resumes being an absolute nightmare*

You know what’s disappointing? Our response as a nation. My response as a Nigerian. My detachment from the matter because I’m all the way over here in the South-West of the country and I hold on to the faulted belief that they cannot come to Lagos. And so I’m sad for a while but then I move on because I have to. I don’t even want to talk about the government’s apparent non-challant disposition to the whole thing. There’s no need.

As I searched for more Nigerian news on the site, I found an article by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani titled: Paris and Nigeria: A Tale Of Two Hashtags (you can read the full article here ). It was written in reference to the #JeSuisCharlie and #IAmBaga hashtags that stormed social media in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo Shooting and the Baga Massacre. Actually the former hashtag did the storming while the latter was more like a light drizzle of rain which depending on your hair and clothes, you wouldn’t have a problem walking under.
The author writes:

In matters regarding Nigeria, the international community seems to be learning from experience. Why galvanize support for a government that then exercises its sovereignty by not backing up that support? Why effuse sympathy on people who themselves seem to care so little?…
…Political rallies are beamed live on local TV and radio stations for hours every day. Photographs of grinning politicians are splashed on newspaper front pages every morning, their latest pronouncements and promises stealing all the headlines. Current affairs programs and opinion pages are consumed with the adulation or derogation of either President Jonathan or his main contender at the polls, General Muhammadu Buhari. Baga and other such will clearly have to take a back seat until after the elections…

It’s really hard to believe in this country. It’s hard to believe in a better future. Sometimes things happen that make you want to believe and then you see or hear things that dash your hope in the possibility of a great Nigeria. I’ve struggled with believing and to be honest, it’s still hard but I have decided to always choose to believe.

Why?

Well if I can believe God’s word for my life, for my career and my future then why can’t I believe His word for my country? If I can believe His word in 1 Corinthians 2:9 that says eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those that love him then why can’t I believe His word in Isaiah 60:18 that says violence shall no longer be heard in your land, neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise?

Please don’t ask Christians to stop praying or to stop asking others to pray. Yes, faith without works is dead but the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Yes, we are to back our prayers with deliberate actions that see to making our country better but we are also to pray without ceasing.
So don’t attack anyone that says we need to pray for Nigeria because although it is not the only thing we need to do, it is one powerful thing we need to never stop doing.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

– 2 Chronicles 7:14

Say a genuine, heartfelt prayer for Nigeria today and do your part in your little corner to bring us closer to a better future. Don’t stop believing.

-Thanks for stopping by.

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