Governor Yari’s excuse for meningitis, and 5 other times Nigerian politicians blamed God for their incompetence

Governor Yari

by Tolu Omoyeni

God will be sitting on his throne going about His business jeje and Nigerian politicians will just bring their loose mouths and drag the Almighty into matters that utterly do not concern Him.

On Tuesday, Zamfara state’s Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar attributed the outbreak of Type C Cerebrospinal Meningitis in his state to God’s punishment for the many sins of Nigerians. The governor said, “There is no way fornication will be so rampant and God will not send a disease that cannot be cured“. Wait what? Who is this man, where is he from and why is he a top political office holder in Nigeria in 2017?

[If you missed Gov. Yari’s misyarn, read all about it here]

But we thought for a second, Gov Yari is surely not the first to put God in this sort of position. We’ve certainly seen a number of Nigerian politicians blame God for their own incompetence and failures. So rather than spit all our vitriol on Gov. Yari, we’ll measure it and share it accordingly among these politicians.

Doyin Okupe: This one definitely went too far but because our God is merciful, he went away with this profanity.

Mr Doyin Okupe was Senior Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan and in 2014, he went on live TV to compare his boss to Jesus Christ. His words were: “People do not understand the burden this president is bearing. He’s like Jesus Christ, he’s bearing the burden of everybody“. Wow!

What we’ll never understand is how this man made it to the president’s team in the first place…

Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau: The former Minister of Education and former Governor of Kano state was arrested by the EFCC for the alleged sharing of a N950 million campaign fund at his residence in Kano. According to the EFCC, the money was shared by embattled former Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke to ensure the reelection of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mallam Shekarau declared his innocence and did not fail to bring God into it. He said it was “an act of God to test his faith“. Pass or fail?

APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun: In January 2016, when the economic hardship in the country was just starting to rear its head, the price of crude oil had dropped remarkably and things were beginning to go awry, Mr Odigie-Oyegun said God had a hand in the economic predicament of the country.

He said the situation was God’s way of telling us “to implement and embrace radical change” and we were lucky to have a man like Muhammadu Buhari as president. Really though?

David Mark: In 2014, when Boko Haram insurgents were having a carnival bombing cities and towns in Northern Nigeria, Senate President David Mark asked Nigerians to turn to God.

He said “God will heal our land only if we turn to Him to salvage the myriads of crisis facing the nation. What the country is passing through at the moment is a test of our faith. We must be steadfast in our prayers that God will save Nigeria.”

It’s what Nigerian leaders say when they’re out of solutions and excuses. And Senator David Mark was right, God saved Nigeria from the weak and ineffective administration he was a part of.

Even the PDP: This party has not enjoyed peace in years now but it still has a way of dragging God into its palava. In the heat of its crisis when factional leader, Ali Modu-Sheriff emerged chairman of the party, his deputy, Cairo Ojuogboh said Sheriff’s victory was “a divine act of God and God does not make mistakes“.

Well, he was wrong. God has no business with losers and liars and we know how Sheriff has fared since that time.

Now, the question is who will tell these people to leave God out of their self-imposed mess?

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