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Friday 9 August 2019

If Jesus is a Coward, then Nnamdi Kanu is Too

August 9, 2019 

By Nelson Ofokar Yagazie | Biafra Writers

As captured in the book of Matthew 2: 13-15, the baby Jesus was exiled to Egypt when Herod went after his life. Jesus, Christianity teaches, was God made man for us. Being God in human flesh, he had all the powers to stop King Herod right in his track. Some people might argue that at the said time, he was still a baby. But then, he was still God, and God is never a baby. If we were to believe Christian teachings, then the baby Jesus was God dwelling in a baby’s body. Dwelling in baby’s flesh does not in any way make God a baby. Following the precipitates of the premises, therefore, Jesus, although a baby, had in fullness the attributes of God. By implication, therefore, he could have performed any wonder had he so desired.

Although it would be bias, for the sake of inclusive discourse, let us give in to the probable line of argument that would seek to excuse the exile on the account of Jesus being a baby at the said time and for that didn’t act on his own stead. As God or Son of God on a special mission on earth, he had hosts of angels at his defense. They could have swung into action in his defense. Even, it was an angel that brought the information about the danger and instructed that baby Jesus be taken to Egypt. The angel could have smitten Herod and his army as the angel in Moses’ time did smite the firstborn sons of Pharaoh and the Egyptians.

But rather than defend himself, or at least allow himself be defended by the host of angels at his command, he allowed himself to be taken into exile.  God the Father Himself looked the other away.

Being careful with the extremely religious who might take offense at the above retrospect and try to, in a way of helping God, twist the whole narrative, let us shift ground entirely from the Egypt exile to another biblical episode – when Jesus would have been killed by the Jewish mob. John 8:57-59:

{57} “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham?”

{58} “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am.”

{59} At this they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

Clearly, from the last verse, Jesus ran away from death. At this particular point in time, it must be noted, he had become an adult. So the feeble argument of him not acting on his own accord is, in this case, roundly defeated. He ran away from those seeking to kill him.

If he allowed himself to be killed at that particular point in time, his mission on earth would have been aborted. If he did anything rash in a bid to defend himself, his meekness would have been questioned, and come to that, his accusers would have more things to spring up against him. Understanding all these, he took the best option out – escape. Even though his mission on earth involves death, he still dodged death at this particular point in time, knowing the appointed time is not yet come. Do you judge that an act of cowardice? You’d need a brain surgery if you do.

On 14th September 2017, a detachment of soldier sophisticatedly equipped as though in war, and duly backed up by two air force jets, invaded Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s house, killing in the compound twenty-eight young men and injuring a lot more. By the miracle-working power of the Almighty God who sent him, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu escaped the attack.

Yes, Kanu could have fought back, but knowing that it is not yet time and that if he did he’d be handing his adversaries a reason to kill his followers all the more, he slipped away – just as Jesus did. It’s wisdom, not cowardice. And as the bible writers aptly put it, wisdom is profitable to direct.

For surviving the attack critics and evil wishers call him coward. This is a man that has broken several military cordons to push on the gospel of Biafra restoration. He is a coward because he didn’t die and leave his mission on earth unaccomplished? Well, if Nnamdi Kanu is a coward, then Jesus Christ whom you pretend to follow is a coward too. Balance it up dear.

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