Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Corruption of the Ruling Class and Witchcraft of the Masses

 It is common habit and fashionable for the so called masses to point accusing fingers at the elites and rich ruling class in both proven and unfounded accusations and allegations of corruption and live in denial of their own complicity in the widespread corruption plaguing Nigeria.
The masses prefer to think they are not equally corrupt, because to them, they are not embezzling or misappropriating public or private funds since they have not had the opportunity to do so and not that they are holier than the so called corrupt public servants and private contractors in every state in the most populous country in Africa. But they forget that they are also corrupt, because their own forms of corruption are even worse than the political corruption of the ruling class.

Let us define what is corruption.
In philosophical, theological, or moral discussions, corruption is spiritual or moral impurity or deviation from an ideal. Corruption may include many activities including bribery and embezzlement. Government, or 'political', corruption occurs when an office-holder or other governmental employee acts in an official capacity for personal gain.

The so called masses are complicit in the general corruption, because corruption starts from the bottom to the top rungs of the ladder of the social class.
Whether you embezzled or misappropriated N1, you are as guilty of corruption as the "Oga at the Top" who embezzled N1 billion.
A thief is a thief, no matter the price or size of what the thief has stolen.

To me, whatever harms the good character or nature of humans is corruption.

Political corruption may have underdeveloped Nigeria, but there are worse forms of the corruption of the human character I see everyday among majority of Nigerians. And these forms of corruption are the most common problems plaguing the lives of majority of people among the masses and they have done even horrible and terrible things to the populace and they are the evils of witchcraft.
Yes, witchcraft is common among the masses and they cannot deny it as the evils of witchcraft are daily complaints among the millions of churchgoers who report their activities in their churches.
Just go and listen to the daily prayers of the congregants of the popular Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries and other pentecostal fellowships in Nigeria and you will witness awesome testimonies of the dangers of witchcraft among the masses.

Yes, believe it or not witchcraft is not only when you have the demonic powers for nocturnal flights and attacks on people in the night, it is also witchcraft to indulge in the following.

1. Envy
2. Jealousy
3. Covetuousness
4. Greediness
5. Dishonesty
6. Hatred
7. Adultery
8. Unforgiven and Unrepentant hatred.

These evils have done uncountable damages to human lives in Nigeria.

It is witchcraft to be jealous or envious of the progress and success of others.
Instead of them to be glad and grateful to God and rejoice with you, you see the enemies of progress frowning and sneering at your good news and testimonies of success.
They start to devise different schemes and scams against you.

Jealousy and covetousness make many among the masses to engage in sharp practices and crimes to get rich quick.
In jealousy, envy and covetousness, they have to lie, steal and even kill.
That is why adultery, kidnapping, robbery and ritual sacrifices are common among the masses.
Imagine what they used all the babies produced in the "baby factories" for in the eastern states?
The masses are committing horrible and terrible things.

Majority of the poor masses are very greedy people.
Their insecurity makes them to cheat and exploit others from their homes to their shops and offices.
They are reluctant to pay for services rendered and often pay in piecemeal and spend the rest of the money on their covetousness in selfish gratification.
There is also the witchcraft of the masters and mistresses who don't want their apprentices to gain freedom, because they don't want them to succeed like them. So, they use witchcraft to frustrate their apprentices or wards and keep them perpetually poor and under their control and oppression.
This form of witchcraft is common among the Igbos, Yorubas and Edo people.

The witchcraft of envy is worst than political corruption and in fact very common in Nollywood, that a leading filmmaker said there is wickedness among the producers, directors, actors, actresses, marketers and other stakeholders in the camouflage of competition.
Many of them are indeed "Living in Bondage".
No wonder mysterious things have been happening among them like what they show in their Nollywood movies.
So, in a twisted way, they are practicing the same diabolical things seen in their home videos.

Why not be glad and grateful to God and rejoice with those who are making progress and celebrate their success with them instead of grumbling and sending damaging emails and text messages against them?
What are you competing for?
And tomorrow you are the first to rush to church to pay lip service and eye service to God.
But you are just deceiving and fooling yourselves, because you cannot fool God.

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, cannot love God whom he hath not seen.
~1 John 4:20.

The seven deadly sins are also rebellion against the commandments of God and rebellion is witchcraft.
In the Book of Proverbs 6:16-19, among the verses traditionally associated with King Solomon, it states that the Lord specifically regards "six things the Lord hateth, and seven that are an abomination unto Him", namely:

1. A proud look
2. A lying tongue
3. Hands that shed innocent blood
4. A heart that devises wicked plots
5. Feet that are swift to run into mischief
6. A deceitful witness that uttereth lies
7. Him that soweth discord among brethren.

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king
~ 1 Samuel 15:23, King James Version (KJV)

If you see how majority of the masses live in their tenements and slums and they are still poverty stricken for years.
It is not caused by the corruption of the government, but their own witchcraft.

There is a certain form of witchcraft common among landlords and landladies among the Yorubas which they perpetrate against their tenants to keep them in abject poverty.
When you see a landlord or landlady throwing human waste into the waste basket or open drainage used by the tenants, it is not only unhygienic, but common witchcraft as confessed by public health officials in Lagos state who know their fellow Yorubas very well.

Selling fake drugs and stale food is also common among the masses and this is witchcraft and it has harmed and killed thousands of ignorant and innocent people among the masses in Nigeria.

These and other evils of witchcraft are even worse than the corruption of the ruling class.

As we welcome the New Year 2014, I hope we will stop living in denial of the truth and stop pointing accusing fingers of corruption at our so called leaders and look in the mirror to see our own corruption and repent before it is too late.

God cannot be on the side of the poor masses if they are guilty of their own evil and wicked ways.

This is my own New Year Message to Nigerians.

There is no peace,' says the Lord, 'for the wicked.
~ Isaiah 48:22

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, prize winning writer and author of "In the House of Dogs" and other books.

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