Spirituality

Will Buhari Put Islam Inside Your Jollof Rice?

“Anyone who thinks anyone can Islamize Nigeria is an ignoramus. A country of over 170 million people. Will he put the Islam inside Jollof rice?”

That was one tweeter’s response to the declarations of “Buhari will Islamize Nigeria” and I laughed so hard, it took a few minutes for me to calm down.

“Buhari will Islamize Nigeria” is one reason many have given for deciding not to vote for him come February 14, 2015. Do I think Buhari will Islamize Nigeria? No. However, this post is not about Buhari. It is about the Islamization of Nigeria.

We already know, as seen in the above tweet, why some people think this is impossible. So I’ll just use bullet points to help you understand- even if you won’t agree- why others think it absolutely is possible.

  • Islam is the second-largest religion in the world today, after Christianity. There are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, and that number is expected to grow to 2,2 billion by 2030.
  • Get this: Jesus came, preached the good news about Jah’s Kingdom, healed the sick, raised the dead, was crucified, resurrected and was seen by many, was believed on in the world and taken up into glory. YET, after this, Islam could still not only emerge, but grow to make up 23% of the world’s population today.
  • Turkey remains an example; then called Constantinople, this country was the birth place of numerous Christian apostles (Paul, Timothy, etc). Antioch, the place where Christ’s followers were first called Christians, was in Turkey. Turkey is the location of the Seven Churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation. The oldest church in Turkey was built by Apostle Peter himself. Today, however, Turkey has a smaller Christian percentage of its population than any of its neighbours, including Syria, Iraq and Iran.
  • Turkey’s most recognisable religious building, the Hagia Sophia which is now a museum, was originally a church and was converted to a mosque. Yep, when Mehmet conquered the country he went into the church and ran straight for the altar shouting, Allahu Akbar! Today, Islam is the largest religion of Turkey with 99.8% of the population being registered as Muslim. There was no jollof rice.
  • PLEASE NOTE that Turkey is a secular state promoting religious tolerance and there is no Sharia (Islamic Law); it is neither Muslim nor Christian. Now, indulge me and read the two preceding bullet points again, then tell me whether Turkey has been Islamized or not.
  • Every religion increases primarily in 2 ways: conversion from one to another, and children being born and raised in the religion. Right now, Muslims across the country are free to convert to Christianity if they hear the gospel and choose to accept Christ. In a Sharia state, that would be a crime and the penalty is death. Anyone who understands the essence of Christianity knows that every true believer desires and prays for an environment conducive to the propagation of the gospel. Sharia in every state would effectively cripple missionary efforts to bring Christ to Muslims in the country.

Can a country like Nigeria be Islamized? Yes. The challenge is knowing what Islamization actually is, how it happens, and realising that this fear is about more than the next 4 years. It goes way, way, waaay beyond that.

The truth is that hidden agendas are notoriously difficult to prove or disprove. Speaking about establishing Sharia in every state, Buhari said it is important to “educate Christians that they have nothing to fear.” Is it his fault that he doesn’t understand what there is to fear? Or was he just pretending not to understand? We cannot tell.

Will Buhari Islamize Nigeria? I don’t think so. If there is ALREADY an agenda to Islamize Nigeria, as Boko Haram’s actions and the drive for nationwide Sharia suggest, will a Buhari presidency make it easier to do it neatly? Perhaps.

So yes, hearts will bleed at the loss of freedom and choice that Sharia will bring for Muslims if imposed in every State. Hands will be cut off, people will be stoned to death. Closer home, we ache as always for our Muslim friends and loved ones whom we want to know Jesus. The worry among Christians is not unfounded. Also, the thought of Muslim populations increasing while it becomes more difficult for the church (whose converts are at risk of being executed) to grow its ranks is understandably unnerving for many.

Yet, we must focus. We must remember that we are in the end times. Our work as a church is not to panic and foolishly think that voting along religious lines and resisting every Muslim candidate henceforth forever is a sensible or practicable strategy. We will continue to have both Muslim and Christian presidents, and maybe even one who is neither. Our work as a church is to return to the Biblical faith and insist on much needed reforms so that we can operate in power. Power as of old. We need to stop focusing on making millionaires and start paying attention to making disciples. True disciples, not churchgoers.

I, like many other Christians, will vote GMB/Osinbajo come February 14. For many of us it was a tough decision that took a long time to make, and not even for religious reasons. We have decided. Is Jesus trembling in His boots? Highly unlikely. He has built His church upon a Rock, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. At the end of the day, it is Jah’s kingdom that will be established.

There is a lot to fear, but God has not given us a Spirit of fear. He has given us a Spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind.

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever. (Revelation 11:15).

Hallelujah!

 

Social Media

Twitter TL- Your Tweets Make a Difference

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Some think it’s “just Twitter” while others know it’s not but don’t think it matter that much. The truth is, it matters more than you know.

@subomiplumptre shared on this subjects in a series of tweets, which you can read below:

 

1. I used to work in the Research Department of @AlderConsulting, where I learnt a valuable lesson. #Analytics

2. It’s not enough to collate data. True value lies in understanding what it means & how it can drive decision making. #Analytics

3. On May 20, I read a story by @ThinkProgress tagged, “How The World Quickly Stopped Caring About The Kidnapped Nigerian Girls” #Analytics

4. You can view the full article by @ThinkProgress here http://buff.ly/1pgSH2k  #Analytics

5. Google Trends show that chatter about #BringBackOurGirls has waned globally. #Analytics #Graphic pic.twitter.com/LmvDuabOoU

Bring Back Our Girls Analytics

6.Total tweets now stand at 3,586,486 but you can see the decline in daily tweets. #Analytics #Graphic pic.twitter.com/fh5Q6YiNZF

Bring Back Our Girls Analytics 2

7. There is a world of difference between online advocacy and on-the-ground change. However, both play very important roles. #Analytics

8. Though online chatter has subsided, actions on-the-ground are in full swing as can be seen from the recent march to Aso Rock. #Analytics

9. Impact can also be gauged by troop deployments by the US and Nigeria’s ongoing military operations. #Analytics

10.Perhaps this cheeky statement by Americans in the mid-west is now gaining some credence. #Graphic #Analytics pic.twitter.com/i0bqLoJEI0

Cheeky Hashtag Comment

11.The lesson for advocacy orgs like @EIENigeria is that for issues-based campaigns, the window for mass online support is ltd. #Analytics

12. Be clear about the outcomes you want and drive them while the topic is hot online #Analytics

13. For #BringBackOurGirls, key objectives have been met. #Analytics

14. Military intervention is underway; religious leaders have been mobilised to pray; advocacy groups are pressuring Government. #Analytics

15. Importantly, there is a sense that victims of terrorism in #Nigeria are not as alone as they once were. #Analytics

16.Perhaps none of this would have been possible without the incredible pressure brought on by the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. #Analytics

17. Citizens are now demanding for complete eradication of Boko Haram, not just the return of the #Chibok schoolgirls. #Analytics #Nigeria

18. No longer are we satisfied with just moving on when we hear of incidents in Abuja or Kano or Jos. #Analytics #Nigeria

19. Finally, we have proven that this is no longer just #socialmedia or business as usual. #Analytics

20. #Socialmedia is as effective as any other advocacy tool and can mobilise nations and on-the-ground action. #Analytics

 

Many thanks, Subomi Plumptre!

Friends, don’t imagine for one second that your tweet is just a tweet. The Chibok Girls have not yet been rescued. Let’s not get tired. Keep up the #BringBackOurGirls tweets.

Your tweets matter!

 

 

Social Media

Twitter TL- Did Nigeria Give The Missing Girls to Boko Haram?

young girl is a victim of abduction

Our Chibok girls have been missing for over two weeks. @Cherox suggests that perhaps Nigeria knowingly gave out the missing girls and we were never supposed to know or care…

She tweets:

If the reports are true, we might have to admit that some of these girls will not come back, they’ve crossed borders to remote areas. If these reports are also to be believed, these girls were moved after at least 1 week in the Sambisa forest. So the reason why some of these girls will never see their families again is because of the deliberate slow action. At some point when you just look at the facts, you have to admit to yourself that these girls were given out by Nigeria.

1. The girls were taken, days later when the news story didn’t die down, the army LIES that most have been rescued.

2. We believe that lie & celebrate until the principal debunks this lie and says they’re still missing. Army is mum.

3. Parents start entering the forest to search for their children. The parents are unescorted by ANY SECURITY FORCES.

4. BH releases threats that if the searches in the forest aren’t stopped they will kill. Admitting they’re in the forest.

5. A week and some days pass before the President summons a security meeting and demands these girls be looked for.

6. This is only after the missing girls start to make international news and the story can no longer be ignored.

7. After this, the reports of girls being seen in pickup vehicles in Gwoza & closer to borders start coming in.

8. Now the story is that these girls have been married off/sold into sex slavery in Chad & Cameroun.

9. Now admittedly, I do watch a bit of TV, so maybe my imagination is too wild, but can nobody else see what I see?

10. These girls were taken, we were not supposed to know about it or care about it. When we did, what did they do? LIE

11. The army would only lie about finding these girls if they NEVER INTENDED TO LOOK FOR THEM! Now why wouldn’t you look?

12. You don’t look for something you knowingly gave away. But the lie didn’t last long& (un)fortunately, outsiders heard.

13. No need to go further, look over the facts yourself. It seems like these girls were GIVEN AWAY. That should scare you.

14. If you don’t care about the girls, care about that.

Personally, I’m still wondering why the ARMY LIED. They didn’t rescue the girls, didn’t even look, and they just lied to us. Why would they do that? Why were they trying to deceive us? It’s not like it’s a joke, over 200 girls! Why such behaviour?

I’d like to know your thoughts, please leave a comment. Thank you.