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Nigerian politics and prophetic dreams(1)
I have been giving some thought to this subject for sometime. And now that Nigeria has just completed a cycle of 50 years of colonial freedom, I think it is imperative for me to share some of my thoughts with Nigerians. Again, since we are beginning another cycle of 50 years, in our quest for the supreme democratic ideal, it seems perfect for me now to broach the subject.
And let me state straightaway that all those who believe in the idea and ideals of the Nigerian democratic commonwealth, should equally give serious thought to the subject and help in their respective ways towards its realisation. In this connection, however, our attention and appeal ought to go in the direction of expert minds, well-trained and disciplined minds, well-endowed to live, dream, and even suffer on behalf of us in terms of our common good. These are true thinkers and prophets, who constitute a force for good within our collective state. They possess esoteric powers which they apply to solve practical problems and employ to give values to our social cohesion and political union.
These thinkers, priests, dreamers, seers, sages and mystics, respectively, are found, in varying degrees, in our various churches, esoteric societies, fraternities/confraternities and traditional institutions. They may not be sociologists, poets, material economists, power politicians and statesmen, but they still exercise and radiate force, powerful enough to shape the direction of our country. The recent revelation of General Gusau, a PDP presidential aspirant, who had served different heads of state of this country, as Security Adviser, should be seen in this light.
General Gusau allegedly said that General Babaginda should give way for him to fly the North’s presidential flag at the forth-coming presidential primary of the PDP, because it was his turn to govern Nigeria as president, in line with the prophecy of a marabout who foresaw that Generals Babaginda, Abacha and himself would rule Nigeria at different times. While the marabout’s fortune-telling pertaining to the aforesaid two generals had since come to pass, that pertaining to him is yet to happen. You may pooh-pooh the hungry and famished General and his holy man who is equally ardently waiting for the realisation of his prophecy, but that is not my worry and ought not to be yours either. Our worry is in the failure of the marabout-propelled former maximum rulers to rule us progressively, and with the spirit of the just and holy. Why was their marabout-inspired vision not employed rightly on behalf of us all? Why did the vision not obligate them to guide us in the proper direction for our collective wellbeing? Of course, General Gusau’s alleged prophetic revelation has given us an insight into why General Babaginda annulled our popular June 12, 1993 elections.
A further question: How come our Christian seers, charismatic theologians and mystics allowed the bad governance that Nigeria has known ever since? How come? How come our enlightened and gifted thinkers and visible men of God, in a very sincere manner of putting it, allowed the kinds of pains and sufferings that have been our lot on this part of our mortal sphere called Nigeria? How come they have not employed their unusual gifts and peculiar knowledge and training to give us the right men to rule us?
These are hugely perplexing questions. And they are more hugely so if we realise that in other parts of this mortal world, esoteric societies and their priests, seers, mystics and sages have helped their countries and societies and the world in general, in supremely satisfactory ways, to progress in the direction of the democratic ideal and universal brotherhood and sisterhood. Their prophets have made correct and accurate predictions to further the cause and progress of mankind in many uncountable ways. For example, Dr Michael Nostrodamus of France, a renown 16th century physician, mystic and a man of extraordinary inner source of knowledge and power beyond the capability of the less-endowed and less-perceptive mortal, accurately wrote about the world that was to come. He made many super significant predictions, which are still relevantly accurate in our present human sphere. Christopher Columbus of Italy (but was actually a Greek prince, who possessed supreme education in classics, but was in Italy as a disguised humble man) is eternally remembered in history as the “discoverer” of America; he was a representative of the society of unfamiliar philosophers. His democratic, spiritual and philosophical duty was to enthrone the democratic ideal over a decadently tyrannical aristocracy. A curious stranger, who gave him accurately selfless predictions, accompanied him on voyages of discovery and of enlightenment.
The case of George Washington, the first democratically-elected President of the United States of America is worthy of remembrance here. Sir William Hope, a Scottish astrologer, correctly predicted the birth, name and destiny of this distinguished man in American politics and history 44 years before the start of the War of Revolution. He also correctly predicted how long Washington would live.
George Washington was born in Virginia in 1732, the same year Sir William Hope predicted his birth. At that time, the 13 colonies of America did not appear to have any dream of emancipation, which Sir William Hope correctly predicted in his cabalistic poem. Sir William Hope also in that same year and in the same poem accurately predicted the election of Abraham Lincoln, who would be elected to the American Presidency in 1860, re-elected in 1864, and murdered in April 1864. He also correctly predicted Lincoln’s anti-slavery struggle and his heroic work that would not be completed before he would be assassinated.
Equally to be cited here for our enlightenment, and to help further back my subject, is the “prophetic dream” of General McCllean of the United States. Not many of us know this superb organiser, who though was not regarded in the history of American soldiering as a brilliant General. The story of the dream was published in March 6, 1862, in the” Evening Courier” of Portland (Maine) in the General’s own words. The simple story of the dream pertains to the warning of betrayal that was to befall him before a crucial battle for the soul and continued existence of the union of the people of America. In the dream, he saw that his battle-map had been marked with signs, figures, symbols and strategy that would prevent the capture of the country’s headquarters. In the dream, which happened at 2.00 a.m. he saw the apparition of George Washington, “the father of our country,” whose voice spoke loud and clear to him also of another struggle for the existence of the country “ere another century shall have gone by” in opposition to the “oppressors of the whole earth.” Of course, he defeated the enemies and prevented the capture of the Capital; his battle plan was as revealed to him in his dream by the father of his country: “Our beloved, glorious Washington.”
I, hereby, announce that my autumn exhilarations, dear, dear readers are no more --until I desire again to re-enjoy John Keats’ “To Autumn.” My line is now open for your direct communication with me, as in the time before I embarked on the voyage of exhilarations with all your thoughts in mind.Share