The hand writing on the wall By Sunday Ogidigbo

Everyone can read the writing on the wall. Like the day of Belshazzar, the King of Babylon, the cyclical history of events are playing out in teachable tunes on Wall street in New York; on the great Wall of China; on the sign post in Athens, and on the streets of Madrid.

The last 18 months would pass for the most remarkable time in the world of politics. To remain relevant today and tomorrow, a literacy of the handwriting on the wall is the very first condition for survival.  This is what leaders like Mubarak in Egypt, and Ghadaffi in Libya, failed to understand and were swept away by the tides from the Arab spring.

In Britain and France, the ruling parties underestimated the message contained in the handwriting on the wall. As a tribute to the power of this wind of change, sub sahara Africa surprisingly saw an incumbent President losing an election. And recently another female President emerged in the manner of Goodluck Jonathan, because the angel of death visited the seat of power. We have new leaders in all the nations in Europe where elections were conducted this election circle. In Russia they have a ‘new’ leader. So does Japan. The new leader of China is in the wings.

As in the economy and politics so is it in sports. This season and the last have seen new champions emerge in most of the football leagues in the world. In Israel a very small club side, from an equally small town, with a very small stadium would be representing Israel in the Champions league, because they are the champion of Israel. In England, Spain, Germany, France, Italy we are having new champions.

One handwriting that all can read is that the power base of the world is shifting. The west is getting weaker, the east is getting stronger. India and China are growing 3 times faster than most western economy. The demography of nations is also changing. Just this week, the America Bureau of Statistics revealed that, for the first time, the children of the minorities are in the majority. An American President stood with the minorities as it were on a very sensitive social issue. These are indeed changing times. Obama one can say is reading from the wrong wall. Someone should remind him that in five elections cycle from now the minorities will become the majority.

Back home in Nigeria, there are handwritings on walls and rocks. The fingers of terror write daily with the blood and the charred remains of many innocents. The things that we read about and watch on the news and imagine are now the daily reality of my people.

I don’t want to talk about the fact that our President is from a minority ethnic group. The issue for me is the People`s Democratic Party. The PDP should read the handwriting on Aso Rock. The days where folly is exalted above competence are coming to an end. The days of evil, error and terror are numbered. Someone should please tell General Buhari not to beat the drum of war, for the battle for the soul of Nigeria is not man`s but God`s. The wind of change blowing everywhere is coming to Nigeria. Those that sees power as their birthright should be reminded that Manchester United did not win any trophy this year and the indomitable AC Barcelona lost the league.

Mene, Mene, Tekel Upharsin. The reading on the scale of justice, democracy, and service to God and humanity, relates to a show that the PDP-led Federal Government has failed to manifest. As a tree separated from its roots wilders, so will the PDP. The sun rises as the moon withdraws itself; in like manner the going down of the PDP will usher in the glory of Nigeria.

Let the leaders of our nation learn and understand that the fingers writing are those of the Most High, and that the hands of God cannot be bribed nor can they be pulled back. Let them also note that like Jesus by the finger of God cast out demons, so shall all demons in human skin be cast into oblivion. The change is come, all shall see and know that it could only have been by the fingers of God. Let him that has eyes, read what the finger is writing on the wall.

Sunday Ogidigbo is the Lead Pastor at Holyhill Church, Abuja. You can send him an email to or follow him on twitter @SundayOgidigbo.




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