Why Okowa must not fear Oshiomhole
By Jon Egie
When Moses sent out men to spy out the land of Canaan for the purpose of obtaining information that could be used to plan attack and defeat of the city, to see what the land was, whether the people who dwell in it were strong or weak, few or many and whether the land was good or bad, whether the cities were camps or strongholds, whether the land was rich or poor and whether there were forests there or not; he charged them to be of good courage.
But the report brought by ten of the spies was negative and such that caused fear in the heart of the people of Israel when they said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, nevertheless, the people who dwell in the land are strong, the cities are fortified and very large, moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there”.
The descendants of Anak or Anakites were a formidable race of giant, warlike people who occupied the lands of Southern Israel near Hebron before the arrival of the Israelites. The Anakim ancestry has been traced back to Anak, the son of Arba who at that time was regarded as the “greatest man among the Anakim”. The name Anakim most likely means “Long-necked” that is, “tall”. The Hebrews thought them to be descendants of the Nephilim, a powerful race who dominated the pre-Flood world.
When the 12 Israelite spies returned from exploring the Promised Land, they gave a frightening report of “people great and tall” whom they identified as the sons of Anak. The Israelites seized with fear and believing themselves to be mere grasshoppers in their sight rebelled against God and refused to enter the land God had promised them. Moses had exhorted them not to fear but they refused to trust in God.
Recall the episode of when Jesus walked on the sea? When Jesus perceived that the people were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to a mountain by Himself alone. And when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark and Jesus had not come to them. Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. So, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat, and they were afraid. But he said to them, “It is I, do not be afraid.”
Remember that it was at that point that Peter zealously said if it was Jesus he should be allowed to go to him and walk on the sea too. Jesus asked him to come with the caution, do not be afraid. So, Peter got out of the boat and walked on the sea too, but when the waves threatened he was afraid and began to sink.
These biblical episodes became necessary at this moment to create a background for a reflection on the outcome of the Ekiti governorship election held on Saturday, July 14.
Before the election, Governor Fayose Ayodele had painted a picture of himself as a man with great courage built on his faith in God. In fact, on several occasions he called himself Peter the Rock but little did we know that he could cry like a baby in the face of minor threats.
As a Christian that he professed to be, Governor Fayose failed to maintain his trust in God when he acted the drama with the neck brace costume and wept openly before his citizens. He may have forgotten his lessons about leadership that placed him ahead of his people to show courage and strength in the face of all threats , intimidation and danger, to wear a bold face even if knew that the situation was bad.
Governor Fayose who the common people looked on to as a beacon of hope and encouragement to resist their political challenger and threat of the APC, who he claimed would grab their land and kill them if voted in as governor of Ekiti state, cried helplessly in the public and caused all the people to be afraid. Fayose’s fear chased the presence of God away from the midst of the Ekiti people just as the Hebrews out of fear of the Anakites refused to go into the land God had promised them.
Fear is a negative emotion which does not bring good results, this Psychology has said. The true Peter in Fayose was made bare and re-enacted in this his cowardly behavior. Peters fear and they fear in naked form. The first Peter like the Hebrews cried out when the situation took a new turn-the waves and the sea, and he began to sink-crying and calling for help. So also our Peter, Fayose, cried, rebelling against the Commandment of God to be of good courage in confronting his enemies. But just 30,000 policemen, few Armour Personnel Carriers, Helicopters and a few others made Fayose forget his trust in God and cried.
Governor Fayose did not have the balls to confront the “tall neck” but was just making mouth and when this spirit of fear overcame him, the Spirit of God left him. That was why he resorted to self help and offered money to the electorate just as his foe allegedly did. The report of that Pensioner who got an alert of N3000 to vote the Fayose candidate nailed him on the cross but there was no Joshua or Caleb to reassure the people of God’s presence with Fayose to defeat the “tall neck” and so he crashed and must cry more.
In the 2019 governorship election especially in Delta State, Governor Okowa must learn lessons from the Fayose experience. He must learn to stand his feet and be of good courage because the waves of His Excellency, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole are high and coming fast. He must learn not to believe frightening reports about the sons of Anak. Some of his aides and supporters have boasted that Deltans are no grasshoppers like the Ekiti people who supported Fayose. They have threatened that if Oshiomhole “do anyhow he will see anyhow in Delta”
He must maintain his inhuman attitude to the citizens of Delta especially primary school teachers and local government workers. He should jettison the idea of planning to pay up all their salaries arrears before the election time, if he does, that would tantamount to the fear of the Anak and waves of the sea and the consequence, like the Fayose case, is obvious.
To fear and not to fear? Governor Okowa must not fear Oshiomhole’s threat to sack him and install a son of Anak in Delta State come 2019. If he attempts to buy votes, remember the 3:4 ratio of Fayose to the Anaks and his defeat would be at the onset. It is too late to repent, he must continue with his hard face and heart of stone response to the pains of Deltans. Behold, the Anaks are close! He should engage the SAs on youth development and community mobilization to snatch ballot boxes as the Nephilim would not have time for that. He must guide and keep his PVC with all his life because it might be faulty and his franchise might be dependent on grace. There will be no Jesus to call on if he sinks on the sea because Jesus may have already left and maybe, a mermaid, a spirit of the bush, a magician or the host of commercial pastors could help.