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Friday, 2 August 2013

If I perish, I perish

The Jewish nation and people group are the most resilient and amazing worldwide. Their forcefulness and determination engendered the rebirth of Eretz Israel. Palestine as it were, which is situated at a strategic location between EgyptSyria and Arabia, is the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity religion that has a long and tumultuous history as a crossroads for religion, culture, commerce, and politics. The region has been controlled by numerous different peoples, this includes Ancient Egyptians, Canaanites, Israelites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the Sunni Arab Caliphates, the Shia Fatimid Caliphate, Crusaders, Ayyubids, Mameluks, ottomans, the British and Modern Israelis and the Palestinians.

They are the custodian of the Law and Covenant of the Christian Faith. God recognized their reliance and entrusted the destiny of humanity to them. When they were taken captives to SUSA, during the Achaemenid Empire – first Persian Empire, we saw the emergence of Queen Esther who made the famous sentence: If I perish, I perish. She wanted to appear before the King without being summoned, and if she doesn’t find favour in the sight of the King, she will be executed. But she had to, in order to prevent the Genocide of her people group. She fasted and God’s favour shone on her appearance and this made the difference. Anti-Semitism did not start in the modern history but it has always been there. It started from the Pharaoh that did not know Joseph in Biblical book of Exodus, till the holocaust of the modern History.

But what is this epoch statement telling every living Nigerian? Until someone stands and say no to this way we are being treated, nothing will change in our beloved country. In Esther’s milieu, Mordecai told her if she doesn’t rise, God would still raise help for his people. Therefore, to every Nigerian whose voice can be heard like Esther’s, they should speak up and dared the status quo. If they do not, God will still raise help for Nigeria and the Nigeria of our dream will emerge. It doesn’t matter, ‘If I perish, I perish’ but Nigeria lives and will not die. The Nigeria State will not fail.