Nigeria, as a nation, is a paradox. This paradoxical nature endures because of our lack of knowledge of the spiritual perspective of nationhood. Africa must understand that the closely guarded national secrets of nations, in the 21st century and beyond, would be spiritual secrets and not dangerous weapons. For instance, did you know that if you save somebody’s telephone number in your telephone, you are saving the person’s spirit, soul and body into yourself?
The present day spiritual imperialism which suppresses African’s will, ability and mind from developing herself is the basic problem of Africa. Thus, for proper appreciation of the concept of Nationhood, Africans must have complete understanding of the spiritual world, and use such knowledge to free Africa from the shackles of the world spiritual imperialism imposed on the African continent through imperialist organizations such as the Commonwealth of Nations, International Organization of Francophone Countries (Organization Internationale de la Francophonie), Organization of Ibero-American States (Comunidad Iberoamericana de Naciones) and Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Comunidade dos paise de lingua Portuguesa). All these organizations have provisions biding the spirits of Africans.
In explaining Nationhood from the spiritual perspective, it must be understood that God Almighty created all nationalities, and the Holy Spirit is the God behind Nigerian’s destiny. Secondly, all human spirits are one and the same from the creator; and that the ground from which man’s physical body was created is contiguous, without natural demarcations or boundaries.
Fourthly, because of man’s physical attachment to the ground, any definition of nationhood without the spiritual impact of man will never be apt. This is the mystery behind the truth that God’s curse on man became a vicarious curse on the entire earth. Again, from Antiquity, and apart from modern processes of citizenship, no man determines the family, environment, society or country or continent he lives in. He is often born into it. God created a garden of Eden for Adam and gave him a wife. When Adam left the garden because of sin, God sent Abraham to replace Adam in the same Garden. Again, it should be noted that because of the sin of Adam, Satan became the god of this world, influencing the formation, development and growth of societies. Lastly, apart from language, culture is largely the product of our environment and not the spirit of any people.
THE SPIRITUAL BOND OF MARRIAGE
The spiritual bound behind the marriage of a man and a woman is the appropriate analogy to unravel the concept of nationhood to the world. First, it started between God and man, and then between man and a woman. For man and the whole earth God is saying like he said to Israel “for they maker is thine husband; the lord of host is his name; … the God of the whole earth shall he be called”. The Bible describes the relationship between Jesus Christ and the Church as marriage. Thus, marriage is a divine institution. Marriage has three distinctive means. For instance, marriage means: (1) The legal relationship between a husband and a wife. This is the bond, (2) The state of being married. This is the condition, character or personality of the marriage; and (3) The ceremony in which the man and woman are married. This is the wedding. There is no barrier in any marriage that satisfies the above, even if the woman is a white American and the man is a Nigerian
It can be gleaned from the above that the bond is spiritual, the condition or character is soulish and the ceremony is physical. Thus, no matter how diverse the cultural, historical and geographical antecedents of any groups of people are, if such groups of people voluntarily agree among themselves to live together as a country, and give to themselves a constitution to govern their affairs, such people are a nation. The agreement aforesaid among the groups constitute marriage in the spirit. The groups have entered into a legal relation; formed a condition or character for themselves and perfected the former with a ceremony. Because of the spiritual bond, any attempt by any particular group to secede will attract resentment from the others. As it is always difficult to dissolve a marriage so it is to break up a nation.
THE TRINITY OF NATIONHOOD
No man can understand nationhood without a clear spiritual understanding of the personalities of God, Man, Satan and a Country. These are all triune entities. By the knowledge of how man was created, we understand that these all have spirit, soul and body. The spirit of man is his heart. The soul of man comprises his mind, will and emotions;exemplified by the Brain.Man’s physical body is his five physical senses: senses of hearing, touch, feeling, seeing and smelling.
God’s spirit is the Holy Spirit. He rules “the mystery of Godliness” in the world. God’s soul, which is His mind, will and emotions, is the word of God – the Bible. God’s spiritual body is the anointing the Holy Spirit generates in making contact in the spiritual world. It is the finger of God.
Satan’s spirit is called the “Great whore,” Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth”. She rules the “mystery of iniquity” in the world. Because she sits upon many waters, which are peoples, multitudes, and nations and tongues, in common parlance, she is also called the “queen of the coast”. Satan’s soul is witchcraft. This is the knowledge of evil. It is also called, “Names full of blasphemy”. Satan’s Spiritually body is called Occult . It is the practice of evil. It is also known as the “Wine of fornication”.
Because of man’s physical connection to the ground, a country also has its spirit, soul and body. The spirit of a country is call the “Nation”. It means the collective human spirits of all the citizens of that country. This is what is sometimes called the National spirit of a country. The soul of a country is the collective mind, will and emotions of all the citizens of a country produced in concrete form, as a binding constitution, rules and regulations governing the life of the country. This is the condition, character or personality of that country. It is called the State. Because the physical body of man is the product of the ground, the land as geographically demarcated as territory of a country is the physical body of that country. It is called the father-land. It can be observed that word ‘Nation’ is so distinct from the word “country”. Whereas nation is the spirit of a society, country is seen as the trinity of a society – its spirit, soul and body. The inability to detect the spiritual trinity of society is the reason for the confusion amongst social scholars about the definition of Nation, Nation-State, Society, State and Country.
OUR NATIONAL IMPERFECTION
From the above explanations, Nigeria, at independence on the 1st of October, 1960, became a nation. Because on that day all the ethnic groups of Nigeria voluntarily agreed to form a union, to live together as one country and gave unto themselves a binding constitution. This union was a spiritual marriage; the partners being the various ethnic groups; the marriage certificate being the national constitution; and the officiating priest being the British in that physical ceremony.
However, the nation is imperfect. Our national imperfection lies in our colonial legacy and the present day British spiritual imperialism. Britain was God’s own country until she was deceived during the early modern period through King Henry VIII of England. The refusal of the Pope to annul his previous marriage to enable him remarry and have a male heir to the English Throne, infuriated the king, who in 1534, passed the Act of Supremacy, making the English King “the protector and only Supreme Head of the Church and clergy of England”. The Act required all subjects to take the Oath of Supremacy acknowledging the religious headship of King Henry VIII and rejecting the headship of the Pope in Rome. He divorced Catharine of Aragon, Got married to Anne Boleyn whose daughter Elizabeth, regarded by British Catholics and Protestants as illegitimate became the Queen of England from 1558-1603.Queen Elizabeth I described the death of her half sister the former Queen Mary as “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes”. But when she set a date for her coronation she turned not to the Church but to John Dee, a renowned astrologer, who revealed that the stars and planets favour 15 January. The Holy Spirit was grieved. Thus, Nigeria’s national imperfection is that, on the 1st of October, 1960, Nigeria, through our beloved former prime minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa took the British Oath of Supremacy acknowledging the religious headship of the British crown when he said, “I have indeed every confidence that based on the happy experience of successful partnership, our future relations with the United Kingdom will be more cordial than ever, bound together, as we shall be in the commonwealth, by a common allegiance to her majesty Queen Elizabeth, whom today we proudly acclaim as Queen of Nigeria and Head of the Commonwealth”. This means Queen Elizabeth II is the spiritual and religious head of all citizens of Nigeria. Covenanting an allegiance of our national spirit to the Queen of England, a foreigner, who is not part of the national spirit of this country is our national imperfection. This is the fundamental flaw and disconnect in our nationhood, a spiritual open door, allowing satan to attack everything in this Country. The Statute of West Minister 1931 which established the Commonwealth of Nations also stipulates that all nations of the Commonwealth are independent but they owe a common allegiance to the British crown.
EFFECT OF THE COMMONWEALTH
Nigeria’s troubles started from 1951, when the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC) of the Northern Region, the National Council of Nigeria Citizens (NCNC) of the Eastern Region, and the Action of Group of the Western Region were established. The British noticed that the manifestoes of the NPC and the NCNC pledged an independent Nigeria in the Commonwealth, while the AG group wanted immediate termination of British rule without a pledge to the Commonwealth of Nations. This refusal by Chief Obafemi Awolowo to recognize the Commonwealth rattled the British, and led to all the problems the Chief faced in the politics of independent Nigeria before his death. This is why he was manipulated away from power in the 1959 federal elections; why he was imprisoned in 1963; why he lost out in the 1979 federal elections. Because of Awo’s anti Commonwealth stance, the Holy Spirit is more comfortable and settles with the Yoruba people, blessing them. Chief Awolowo described Nigeria as “a mere geographical expression” because of the Commonwealth. That Nigeria is a country without a national spirit of her own.
The God fearing, humble, honest Hausa Fulanis! because of their understandable sense of precariousness under the very complex power relations in the newly independent Nigeria they innocently fell into the British deception by joining the Commonwealth in exchange for perpetual leadership of the new nation, guaranteed by the British with a promise to inflate the population of Northern Nigeria. This is basis of the partnership between Britain and Northern Nigeria. The accord imposed British spiritual colonialism on Nigeria. This accord is the reason the North is decaying today. Because, inspite of the accord, Northern Nigeria does not worship the queen of the coast. Everything the Northern religion does: banning prostitution, banning drinking of alcohol, closing brothels, veiling of women, banning indecent dressing by women, etc, are all against the spirit of Satan – the great whore (queen of the coast). Christians in the North even go further by casting demons out of people possessed by the spirit of satan. Thus, satan is stifling everything in the North to assert control of the country. Many northern leaders are dying mysteriously because of this spiritual friction and conflict. The so called “religious crises” in the North are spiritual manipulations by the queen of the coast against Muslims and Christians to control the North of the country. All the oil wells deposited in the North of this country are locked up by this spirit of satan. The prosperity of Northern Nigeria can only be achieved if Nigeria leaves the Commonwealth of Nations.
The Igbo’s! always on the wrong said of the history of this country; for no fault committed by them! They are always envied, suspected, hated and killed because of Nigeria’s membership of the Commonwealth of Nations. Because the Igbo’s have a natural spiritual glow, by Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe partnering with the NPC in the conspiracy to put Nigeria in the Commonwealth with the British in the 1959 national elections, Igbo’s natural spiritual glow came into direct conflict with the spirit of satan, the queen of the coast. Again, because of the accord for the perpetual leadership of the country between the North and the British, Igbo dominion of the country at the time was seen by the queen of the coast as the greatest obstacle to the spiritual colonization of the country by the British. Yet, the Igbo’s supported the Commonwealth without worshiping the queen of the coast. This is why they have always been perpetually marginalized. The Igbos lost their luster. This is the reason for the coup and the counter coup leading to the Nigeria Civil war. Is it not instructive that a dedicated Christian (Roman Catholic) like Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and a dedicated Muslim like then Major Rammat Murtala Mohammed carried out the January 15th, 1966 coup and the July 29 1966 counter coup respectively? The January 15th coupists sought to withdraw Nigeria’s attachment to Westminster in International relations, while Araba (separation) was abandoned by the July 29, 1966 coupists for a return to the status quo ante January 15. The minorities are also affected.
PERFECTING OUR NATIONHOOD
The perfect country is the one whose spirit, soul and body has no single demonic oppressions. Man’s freedom is the right analogy to explain the freedom of society. A man starts his way to spiritual freedom, in the Christian sense, by publicly proclaiming Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour from sin, and invites the person of Jesus Christ into his life and promise to sin no more. If that man believes with his heart by faith the words in his mouth, he is saved from sin. Unseen by his naked eyes, he is immediately baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Jesus Christ, the church. At this stage, the Holy Spirit comes in to activate his human spirit and give him divine life. This stage is called, ‘faith in the person of Christ’ in the mystery of Godliness. He does not know the person of Jesus Christ yet, but believes in him by faith totally.
If he exercises faith regularly, especially by reading the Bible long enough, the Holy Spirit will use the words he reads to replace his human flesh and bring his human mind and the Spiritual Mind of Christ closer everyday. If he continues in the word of God, a fusion of his human mind and the Mind of Christ will take place in the spirit. He thus wakes up to his spiritual environment. Such a man has fully renewed his mind. He has his eyes of understanding (mind) enlightened after the spirit that is of God and no longer the spirit of the world. Such a man now “knows the person of Jesus Christ”, the second stage in the Mystery of Godliness. He sees the person of Christ moment by moment with the Mind of Christ. He can described Jesus Christ to another person. This is the realm of divine knowledge in his spiritual life. When a man reaches this stage, the Holy spirit makes him to know, by the Mind of Christ, all the spiritual weights, obstacles satan has placed in his life, tracing from the very first day he was born into this world. He removes those deceptions by ‘doing’ something. It may be paying back forgotten debts to others, renunciation of evil covenants, restitutions, etc. He does this by “walking in the spirit, by the Mind of Christ. He now knows what to do at anytime. He knows above Satan and reigns in this world.
A man who has perfected doing things in his life by the Mind of Christ is now introduced by the Holy Spirit to “know the love of Christ”, which passeth knowledge”. This is the final stage in the mystery of Godliness. At this stage, such a person is filled with all the fullness of God Almighty. The Agape love of Christ becomes his nature. He is set to be used to bless others in this world. Because God is love, such a person has become god. We should know that in the mystery of Godliness salvation starts with the spirit; knowledge is of the soul where the mind is and love is the function of the physical body. The above person has total spiritual purity and is perfect.
Consequently, the above man must necessarily be a very faithfully person. He can always receive anything from God by faith. Faith is defined as, “Now faith is the substance of things Hoped for, the Evidence of things not seen” Faith simply means belief or trust in God. Because God expects the response of the totality of man-spirit, soul and body- in trusting him in our exercise of faith over anything, we must understand the Substance, Hope and Evidence of Faith in the above definition. First, the Substance of faith is the spirit of faith. The Hope of faith is the soul of faith. It is the expectation, the mind of faith. The Evidence of faith is the body or work of faith. In other words, a man born again in his spirit, saved in his soul and have the redeemed physical body invariably can always exercise the Substance, Hope and Evidence of faith. These three are the steps of faith of our faithful Father Abraham. They are also the steps of the Good man that are ordered by the Lord. Faith always works for such a man because he is always in the will of God and knows the will of God in every situation of life. This should be the character of Africa’s political leadership in the 21st century and beyond. A nation can also be thus faithful to God.
WILLS OF SOLUTIONS
To every problem that faces man and his society there is a solution in the spirit realm. The solution is to discover the Will of God Almighty in that problem. In solving problems, there are only three Wills of God. These are “The Good Will of God”, “the Acceptable Will of God” and “the Perfect Will of God”. The correct application of these Wills of Solution resolves of all problems of man and his society.
To demonstrate the application of the above Wills of Solution, let us use the example of a family of a husband, wife and five children. If you visit such a family and notice the children behaving rascally, destroying properties in the house and fighting themselves, I can assure you that such violent behaviour may be due to demonic presence in the house. Now, in the application of the three wills, if the parents attempt to discipline the children physically by scolding, flogging and other forms of discipline, it would not solve the problem. But such physical discipline is the Good Will of God. If you spare the rod you spoil the child. The parents may then attempt to apply the Acceptable Will of God, which is prayer in the house. This also may not work perfectly because since the demons cannot resist the power of the prayers they will run out of the house and stand at a close distance monitoring the house. For instance, if the husband and wife engage in any quarrel in the house, the demons will re-enter the house immediately and the problem continues. This is because, in spite of the physical discipline and prayers, the original spiritual door opened for the demons to enter the house has not been closed. The application of the perfect Will of God, which is walking in the spirit with the Mind of Christ, will detect the problem by knowledge that the source of the problem is a second-hand air conditioner bought by the husband and installed in the house whose original owner is a man deep in the occult. That since the arrival of the air conditioner the spiritual atmosphere of the house becomes polluted, making the children to be Jostling against one another, like Atoms in a laboratory experiment. The permanent solution is to do something by taking away the air conditioner from the house. The spiritual door is closed; the children will become like lambs.
What about pains that suddenly come upon your body? Apply the same Wills and it will go. Here, taking drugs is the Good Will of God, prayer is the Acceptable Will and knowing and paying back the unpaid tithes to God may be the Perfect Will and the Pain Will end automatically.
In the application of the above wills in solving national problems, all physical measures of law enforcement, discipline, information and other forms of social controls are just the Good Will of God. Prayer and fasting and other acts of national faith in seeking God’s help on behalf of the country are just the Acceptable Will of God.
The Perfect Will of God is to use the Mind of Christ to locate the impediment in the spirit, soul and body of the country and remove it.
THE CLOSING DOOR
Our National allegiance to the British Crown in the Commonwealth is a grave national security issue. In Britain, for refusing to take this oath, Sir Thomas Moore, a statesman, was executed for treason and many others persecuted in various ways. This is the source of the general inertia, bad leadership, corruption, disunity, violence, ungodliness in Nigeria. Because of General Muritala Mohammed/General Obasanjo’s proactive foreign policies and the factor of the Holy Spirit, Satan has been priming this Country for a bloody revolution; as he did to Ghana because of President Nkrumah’s Pan-Africanism. He wants to use the 2011 general elections. Satan regards the creation of Bayelsa State, which reveals President Goodluck Jonathan, as a big set back; because the prosperity of Nigeria would begin with Bayelsa State. He knows that bloody revolutions, wherever they occur, are spiritually defined as human sacrifices to appease Satan as an atonement for temporary progress in such countries. The blood shed are human sacrifices.
Satan also know that with such human sacrifices, the Holy Spirit will leave Nigeria for him to take total control. All nations that have executed bloody revolutions in the world have lost their original destinies. They have become ordinary nations without the Holy Spirit. Their progress will not last, because after while Satan will come for more blood and the problems will resurface in those countries. Today is our Golden Jubilee, the year of freedom. But if the circumstances that hinder us remain unchanged, it may not matter even if we are a hundred years old as a nation.
Rt. Hon Joseph Glory Kemeagbeye
Former Speaker, River State House of Assembly