Why was Nigeria given independence in October 1? Have you ever asked yourself this question? This day, October 1, has a spiritual significance and it worth dealing with and delving into. If the question can be dealt with and proffered solutions can be deduced, then, we can easily leave our past behind, deal wisely with the present situation, having a bright future steering at us.
God has Nigeria in mind and it is our own duty to search and know His thoughts concerning this great nation that is crawling helplessly.
God writes in Genesis 8:5;
And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
In October 1, the tops of the mountain were seen. What precipitated into this ‘mountainous’ statement? It had never rained before, and God wanted to punish the people of the earth with the unusual, they did not believe except some few. To cut it short, the unusual happened, it started raining, it was very tumultuous, and the waters on the surface of the earth became hills, higher than the hills and the existing mountains, but at the mercy of the Lord, the rain stopped and the waters began to drain off, they began to move to their original abode.
Alas! Exactly October 1, the tops of the mountains were seen. What is the significance of this to our great nation, Nigeria?
Hear this, before the top of the mountains were seen, they have experienced the unusual, they have gone through tumult, they have been mal-treated by the environmental conditions – there have been wears and tears, degradation had occurred, and many of their particles had been washed away. All the elements of weather had made them specimens to experiment how functional and effective they were. Though, the mountains have been in existence before the day the rain fell, but they were not all that recognised and they were unnoticed.
Before I relate this to our nation Nigeria, let me take you to the scripture once again;
Mathew 5:14 – You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
If the tops of the mountains were seen in October 1, and on the same day, Nigeria was given independence, then, Nigeria is a country that had her foundation upon the mountain; Nigeria is not supposed to be hidden, we are not supposed to be at this level economically, technologically, industrially, and in all phases of our growth and development. We are supposed to be among: the wealthiest not the poorest, the creditors not the debtors, productive grounds not dumping grounds, the world powers not the third-world countries, the emigrants not the immigrants, the holy nations not the corrupt ones, the helpers not the helpless, and lastly, the truly independent nations not the independent dependers. It is high time we took our rightful positions.
If we take a glimpse into the past, before Nigeria was given independence; slave trade had no mercy on us, segregation treated us badly, all Nigerians were at the mercy of the ‘colonial master’, and we had no pinch of freedom. It was chaos and pandemonium galore. “The tops of the mountains were not seen.” There was no basis to set Nigeria upon. She was not ripe for independence. She was taken as been illiterate, uncivilized and intelligently paralysed until October 1.
The steps to take in repositioning Nigeria back to the original place God has in mind for her are embedded in the scripture: Mark 11:23;
For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he said.
(1) The future of Nigeria is in our hands: Her future lies in the hands of the citizens …whosoever…. Nobody can help us to reposition Nigeria, no country can do it, all their aids and grants are just like taking the lame man to the Beautiful Gate, still kept him at the same spot. We are the one that can render help to ourselves, because we know where the shoe pinches. We are the Hurs and Aarons (Exodus 17:12) that are to lift the hands of our Moses (leaders) up. Zechariah 2:7 says “deliver yourself, o Zion….” It is high time we took responsibility for our own repositioning and ranking amidst the great nations of the world.
(2) Possession of a healthy mentality: …, shall say unto this mountain, …. We must possess a healthy mentality by tackling the problem at the right place. The ‘mountain’ in this context does not mean problem but the foundation, and we are not trying to destroy the foundation; but we are trying to build it. “If the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The righteous has to go back to the foundation. We have to possess a healthy mentality by tackling our own challenges from the root not neglecting the past, so that we can get to where we are going on time. We may never arrive there, if we don’t cut the rope that tied us to the past. Let us study the history of this nation and highlight the immediate and the remote causes of the wrong position we are right now.
(3) Believing that there can be a change: … and shall not doubt in his mind, …. When one believes that there can be a change, all one’s senses will be working towards bringing the change to be. “Every sit-down-dey-look” syndrome will vanish and all hands will be on deck to have the change realised. Optimism is the word, Lincoln believed that there can be a change – not to talk of Mahatma – the change came in the time of Obama Barak. I believe Nigeria is changing for better. Indeed, Nigeria can be repositioned!