Saints lie buried. President Buhari may need to visit and say prayers that he is forgiven. I hate to appear cold, but before God there is no difference between the life of a ruler and the ruled, between a King and slave. Between Buhari’s sickness and their sickness, between his pain and their pain, between his blood and theirs and between his life or death and their lives or deaths. Who knows, saints may lie buried at Mando cemetery and in Onitsha Army barracks‘ mass graves where Buratai’s all-mighty legions secretly dumped bodies of northerners and southerners. Buhari may need ask their forgiveness.
Some saints while being buried alive by troops under C-in-C Muhammadu Buhari’s command, perhaps cursed. Damned those who killed them and buried them knocked-out unconscious in secret in the dead of the night.
And for those of you who think that Shia Muslims and Igbo Christians cannot be saints and can be killed and buried without recompense, how about the children? Killed and buried in the mass graves. For the Bible certifies their sainthood thus:
Matthew 18:3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven…6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
How many children were buried dead and dying, clutched in their mothers arms in Mando and Onitsha? How many infants were orphaned and keep asking why their mothers were buried in the middle of the night, some dead and enough yet breathing?
And the Prophet of Islam is reported to have said: “Fear the prayer of the oppressed, even if he is a disbeliever, for there is no barrier (between it and Allah [the God]).” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
So being a Shia Muslim, despised by the takfiris and wahhabis or being a Christian Igbo, also hunted and despised by the wahhabis and other takfiris does not make your prayers not accepted even if you are qualified a disbeliever. Buhari should be afraid. I am afraid. I pray he seeks their forgiveness and attempts to give them justice while he still has breath in him. Perhaps his illness is a warning. A chance to right his wrongs. Perhaps his redemption and healing lies buried in the secrets yet to be exhumed and investigated in Mando and Onitsha Army barracks mass grave crime scenes. Perhaps his cure lies in the delivery of justice for the oppressed and punishment for the perpetrators.
May the Lord give us all warnings before it is too late.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah; @EveryNigerian