Saturday 6 March 2021

Don't Sit on Your Strength


I was thinking this morning...... I had a task of trying to lift a very heavy object sometime ago. I tried the first time but couldn't. I pumped my biceps and triceps and tried again but still couldn't. Then I sat down and wished I had bigger muscles. While wondering where I could borrow muscle from, I was shocked to find out that the largest muscle in my body is the one I am sitting on. Do you know that the largest muscle in the body is the gluteus maximus? Located at the back of the hip, it is also known as the buttocks. Really? How can I be sitting on such large mass of muscle when I need it to do heavy lifting? What a waste.

As I pondered on the buttocks muscle and weight I couldn't lift, I heard a soft voice asking, 'Isn't that our state in Nigeria?' We have very heavy Nigerian muscles in the private sectors and in diaspora that can be engaged to do heavy lifting, but we ignore and sit on them.

Think about it. In the area of economy, our nation is on life support with tens of millions going to bed hungry daily. Those in charge are confused, churning out incongruent economic policies. As we struggle, our own Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala became the DG of World Trade Organisation (WTO), Akinwunmi Adesina got a second term as president, African Development Bank (AfDB) and Yemi Babington-Ashaye is the head, Global Shapers Community and director at the World Economic Forum. Instead of using these muscles to lift us out of economic doldrums, we ignore and sit on them. Dem talk am true true, the largest muscle in our body is the one we are sitting on.

I don't understand. How can we be having fuel scarcity in Abuja in 2021 when Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo has been OPEC Secretary General since 2016? How can Nigeria carry plate for hand like 'bambi-allah' (like we call beggars in Warri those days) dey beg for Covid-19 vaccine when a Nigerian, Dr Onyema Ogbuagu was one of those that developed the Pfizer vaccine? They even ignored shame and held a reception to receive the awoof. Hmm! It is because we are sitting on the largest muscles in our body.

How did we come about allowing the most mentally and intellectually weak to lead us and expect them to carry the heavy weights that Nigeria comes with? The best of us are politically useless but expect Nigeria to become like Singapore? No, you cannot sit on the largest muscle in your body and expect to lift a house.

We are in a pit and must stop digging. We must exercise and use our largest muscles if we are to come out of the pit. But first, we have to exercise our faith muscle and believe it is possible (Mark 11:23).

Stay hopeful. God's got your back.

Happy Sunday.

......Just the thoughts of a certain Wey Mey 

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