Ron Kenoly’s post to Nigerian Youths at this trying times.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Nigeria,
On my very first visit to Nigeria in the late 1980’s, the country was under military control. As I processed through customs and immigration, each rifle carrying officer in charge would detain me and ask, “What do you have for me?” I had been through very many acts of discrimination as a Black man in America, but I had never been bribed. Evangelist Patricia Bailey, who was on the same flight with me, had pre-warned me to have some loose one dollar bills with me in case soldiers asked me for money. As I processed through the long lines at Murtala Muhammed Airport I was pulled aside 3 times and asked by the soldiers (with guns) , “What do you have for me”.
I share this story to let you know that I personally understand and identify with the frustrations that the people of Nigeria are going through at this present time. As the youth of Nigeria are rising up to say “enough is enough” to the National Government and the law enforcement organizations, my hope, my faith and my prayers are aligned with yours.
Nigerians, I believe you are a set apart nation with a Divine assignment. You have the natural resources, human resources, and the spiritual authority to make Nigeria the most desired destination on the planet for people of color. What London and Rome is to Caucasins; what Jerusalem is to Jews; and what Mecca is to Muslims, that is what you will be to black people around the world. Melinin people from all over the earth will make it their lifetime dream to come and witness the manifest accomplishments and greatness that you will display for our race.
Nigeria, you will soon be the modern day trophy of every Black man, woman boy and girl on this planet. You are the heart and soul of our Motherland. As you lead, all of Black Africa will follow you. Young people of Nigeria, the nations and multi-national corporations of the world have exploited you; the present generation of leaders have not maximized the potential your hidden wealth and resources. Your children cry in discouragement and your elders hang their heads down with fatigue and brokenhearted.
Young people of Nigeria, the future is in you hands. Bring Nigeria to its fullest potential! Turn the children’s tears to joy. Cause the elders to stand up straight and proud again. Remove the fear of mothers raising their children in poverty and chaos. Your obvious manifest destiny is before you, and the fruit of your labor will be waiting to be consumed.
Arise to brilliance and glory Nigeria, and let your light shine! I am praying for you!!!