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JAN 22, 2020

Bible Reading: Matthew 20:20-28        

Memory Verse:When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan. Proverbs 29:2 (NKJV)

On April 17 1983, Nigeria lost one of her most illustrious sons, Mallam Aminu Kano. He was a principled and ideology-based politician, a scholar, teacher, an administrator, an emancipator of women, a nationalist, a patriot and above all, an activist who lived and died for social justice and the struggle for upliftment and enhancement of the fundamental rights of the common people. Prof. Chinua Achebe wrote in his tribute that “Nigeria cannot be the same again because Aminu Kano lived here”. When he was writing his letter of resignation from the services of the colonial government to go into full time politics, Mallam Aminu wrote: ”I have seen light in the far horizon.

I intend to match into its full circle, either alone or with anyone who cares to come with me”. From then, he never looked back; he plunged into politics till he died. Unlike many typical politicians, Mallam Aminu did not join politics to acquire power by all means. His first mission in politics was to fight external colonial domination and achieve freedom for Nigeria. His second mission was to fight internal oppression. His third main mission was for the emancipation of women. Mallam Aminu never collected any bribe from any contract. A foreign company gave him a commission and some money in one of his trips as gratification for a contract they got.

He promptly paid it into the federation account when he came back. One of Mallam Aminu Kano’s role models was Mahatma Gandhi of India, the architect of Satyagraha (non – violent resistance). In fact, at his death, he was described as the Mahatma Gandhi of Nigeria. He left behind only one house, which is now a research centre of Bayero University, Kano; one wife, one daughter, one radio, one TV and one farm land. He had no account anywhere in the world; he left only a few naira notes under his pillow the day he died – a genuine democratic humanist who practiced what he preached.

Don’t you feel this man deserves a National honour than mere souvenirs? Now to You: There is absolutely nothing wrong in Christians joining politics, but:

1. Be certain you have God’s calling into politics.

2. Have a clear vision and well-articulated mission.

3. You must have sound morale principles such as integrity and honesty guarding your heart and founded in the Word of God which you must not compromise come what may.

4. You must have the spiritual capacity to handle the heat of politics.

5. Start flexing your political muscles where you are at the moment. Great things start small.

6. You will need a genuine Prophet of God over your life. 

Quote by Mallam Aminu

1. “I am more interested in the purpose of government than its mechanics – though the means should at least be good enough to lead to the ends desired.”

2. The root causes of the social evils of our society are the abuse of money and power; exploitation of the ignorance and poverty of the masses…Until we tackle boldly and openly the root cause of our social evils, and do this now, there will be no hope for the coming generation.

Prophetic Decree: May your heart shall be established on sound morale principles, in Jesus name.

Prayer Focus

1. O Lord, make me a difference maker in my generation, in the name of Jesus.

2. My Father, open my eyes to your plans and calling for my life, in Jesus name.

3. I rebuke the spirit of pride, greed for money and power, in this nation, in Jesus name.

4. I receive grace to live my life on the principles of Christ, in Jesus name.

5. O Lord, empower me to fulfill my destiny. I refuse to be limited or wasted, in Jesus name

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Genesis 30-31

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