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Retreat from Apotheosis

The onset of the political campaigns in the country usually comes with many players and their supporters often attempting to play God in their wish…

The onset of the political campaigns in the country usually comes with many players and their supporters often attempting to play God in their wish to have their preferred candidates scale through in their bid for elective positions. 

Apotheosis is what that practice is called in the English language. That is the process of trying to elevate oneself to the position of God. Another word some other people may use for it in their own wisdom is deification, which is the act of transforming oneself into the position of God. 

It is a delusion for anyone to play God or act God, the creator of the universe. He is the only one who can do and undo it. What He wants to do tomorrow, He tells no one. 

It is in that sense that one should caution the prophets of doom in our midst, who are predicting those who will live and who will die to beat a retreat and face reality. 

Many such prophets had in the run down to the 2015 elections predicted that because of what appeared to them as the fragility of President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the then opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), that he could be incapable of ruling the country or might die in office. They were acting God. Today, Buhari is in power and in office as president and is on the verge of completing his second tenure. In fact the more he lives, the healthier he becomes. 

The evil seers are at it again. 

It is often said that God created siblings  but did not disclose to us who would die first. Since Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu emerged the presidenial candidate of the APC at the party’s well contested national convention in Abuja, prophets of doom have been up and about predicting that because of what seems to them as the weakness and impaired health of the front running candidate, he may not survive the grueling campaigns 

These are the Dr Gayes without diagnoses. They are oblivious of the fact, that where the dry tree stands in the forest is the same location that the strong and fresh trees are felled. The way of God is not the way of man. 

False prophets may predict like Nostradamus, the 17th century astrologer and physician who predicted, among others, the French Revolution (1789) as well as the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. They may even pretend to see visions of a distant future like George Orwell, who in 1949 wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four, a social science fiction in which he was warning against totalitarianism, but their crystal balls will fail them concerning Tinubu.

It is time for Nigeria’s prophets of doom, who never foresee good developments, to change their ways, beat a retreat from their current path and desist from playing God. 

It is the nature of the market to be noisy. It is however for the buyer to ignore the noise of the market place and focus on the vendor with whom he is engaged in transaction. That is the message for the Jagaban Borgu, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in this season.  

Barr. Abayomi Akeremale, CP (rtd.), Garki, Abuja