Book #3: Only God Can Save Nigeria – What A Myth

Book #3: Only God Can Save Nigeria – What A Myth


When God made man, God planted a Garden in Eden and placed man in the garden “to dress it and to keep it” (Genesis 2: 15). This means that from the very beginning, God has always delegated certain duties to man. God’s role was to plant the garden. He created all the wonderful plants and animals. He provided a river to water the garden. But after he had placed man in the garden, the burden of dressing and keeping the garden shifted to man. God delegated these duties to man.

The Genesis story provides useful insight to God’s plan for our country, Nigeria. God has deposited abundant natural resources into the geographical entity called Nigeria. He has also put a strongly-motivated, energetic and highly resourceful people, Nigerians, on the land “to dress and keep it”. However, Nigerians are extremely religious people. Not many Nigerians are atheists or agnostics. Most Nigerians believe in God. Nigerians overtly believe to a fault in the power and efficacy of prayer. The fault lies in the expectation that God should also be the “dresser and keeper” of the land.

In this book, I [Pastor Adelaja] would show you the why it is man, rather than God, that should be the dresser and keeper of the land. I will also show you how living up to our God-given roles of “dressers and keepers” could positively turn around the fortunes of our great country, Nigeria.

Chapter 1: Nigerian, A Religious Nation.

This chapter examines the preponderance of religion in Nigeria. It highlights the overt religiousness of Nigerians in all walks of life.

Isn’t it surprising that armed robbers, fraudsters, prostitutes (or, commercial sex-workers, if you prefer) in Nigeria all profess a belief in God and also pray and expect favour from God on their activities? Yet being religious in Nigeria does not automatically translate as being Godly. Nigeria is not an exception in this matter, but the religiousness of Nigerians is rather superlative.

Chapter 2: The Place of Prayer in the Affairs of a Nation

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7: 14)

Churches and Christians in Nigeria believe so much in prayer and every now and then there are some serious intercessory gatherings organised around the country. People pray fervently seeking “Divine Intervention” in the affairs of Nigeria. However, we must be careful to observe the conditions God laid out in the verse quoted herein. 1) The people must identify with God – “called by my name” 2) they must humble themselves. Nigerians generally are strongly opinionated. It takes a great degree of humility (the “could I be wrong” factor) to get divine intervention. 3) the prayer proper 4) seeking his face i.e. searching to discover God’s wisdom and plan 5) turn from their wicked ways – most Nigerians don’t always include this clause when they quote this verse 6) I will hear from heaven .. . .  God then does his part

Chapter 3: The Earth He Has Given to the Children of Men

The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men. Ps. 115:16.

There are things God will just not do. God will not sweep our streets and pick up the litters. God will not fill up the potholes on our highways. God will buy communication equipment for our policemen. The basic things that will turn around our country are things we, rather than God, would have to do. We must understand our place as “dressers and keepers” of the beautiful country that God has planted.

Chapter 4: Sons of God Wake Up

The administration of a country is not exclusively in the hands of political leaders. Business leaders to a large extent influence and determine the direction in which a country will progress. Christians must wake up to the leadership role that God has destined for us.

It is high time Christians in Nigeria should seek to domain and take the pinnacle of every economic activity in Nigeria. Some Christians would necessarily have to seek and contest for political offices, especially in the legislative arm. But politics aside, Christians must see the need to take “dominion” in various aspects of the Nigerian society.

Chapter 5: Except the Lord Builds the House

“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. it is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, and to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.” Psalm 127: 1-2

This is a scripture many Nigerian Christians have taken to mean that we must abandon our “dressing and keeping” roles to God. Nothing could be more misguiding.

This chapter highlights some basic ideas on how to improve security and economic development in Nigeria.

Chapter 6: Thy Will Be Done on Earth As it is in Heaven

“And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount”. (Exodus 25: 40)

Moses carried a commission of God, to do God’s will on earth as it is in heaven. Over and over again, God warned him to make sure he builds according to the pattern shown. God has some specific plans and purposes for nations and countries at specific times. It is important that Churches and Christians remain conscious of the heavenly agenda. Yes, we must be dressers and keepers of the vast resources of our country, we must yet remain careful of the timing. Many good things could fail when they are done at an inappropriate time.

This chapter brings home the entirety of the discourse in this book. Above all it challenges us to be build the city for God to build and watch over the city for God to keep. And whilst doing that, we must remain conscious of the injunction in Proverbs 3: 5 -6.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”


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One comment

  • C M Nchifor

    This is a great book. It accurate strikes a balance between Faith and Work.These principles do not only apply to Nigeria but to most African countries as well.

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