Saturday 26 February 2022



I was thinking this morning.... I was in Abuja this past week for business. On the return leg, we boarded one of the newly acquired Air Peace Embraer 195-E2 aircraft. As the door of the aircraft was shut, I switched off my phone as I was wont to and settled into this sleek machine ready for take-off. The cabin crew as part of pre-takeoff procedure, announced that all electronic equipment MUST be switched off. Thereafter, the very nice hostess went row by row reminding passengers to switch off their phones.

As we taxied, I looked around and observed many had ignored the crew's directive to switch off their phones, while some, including a young student besides me, simply switched to flight mode. I shook my head in worry, wondering why it is so difficult for Nigerians to obey simple instructions including one designed to save our lives.

As soon as we touched down in Lagos, the cabin crew announced the disembarkation procedure stressing that we will be disembarking starting from the front row. He announced that everyone should remain seated until the row in front of them is clear. I watched in disbelief as most people at the back disobeyed and stood up to leave as soon as the aircraft door was opened. Really? Is it that we are hard of hearing, too dense to understand or we were just born rebels?

If we cannot obey simple instructions as adults, how can we expect our children to obey us their parents? We disobey traffic and other safety instructions as easily as we drink ice cold water on a hot sunny day. Some of these instructions are so simple that it will cost us nothing to obey, yet we disobey. Why? The way we rebel against simple instructions will make the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan look like kids playing tug of war. If we can't switch off our phones for flight take off, why do we complain when politicians disobey court judgement?

I worry for Nigerians because if we cannot obey man's instructions, how can we obey God's instructions? With the way we behave, many Nigerians will not make heaven because Romans 13:1-2 says: "Obey the government, for God is the One who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the law of the land are refusing to obey God.

Stay hopeful. God's got your back.

Happy Sunday.

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

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