Saturday 7 January 2017


Former Nigerian leaders, Olusegun Obasanjo, Yakubu Gowon, Ernest Sonekan collaborated with former deputies - Ebitu Ukiwe, Alex Ekwueme, Oladipo Diya and current Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to sing a hymn for a greater, united and peaceful Nigeria in 2017. The song is Isaac Watts' hymn.

The lyrics of the song are as follows: 'Our God, Our help in ages past' with the video recorded early December, 2016. The beauty of it is that the video was recorded in the Aso Rock Chapel, the seat of government. As a conflict transformation practitioner, the video is indeed symbolic for me. In fact the leaders in the video have been affectionately referred to as constituting "the senior boys' choir".

This is the very first time that so many former Presidents, Vice Presidents and the current VP have come together to pray for Nigeria through an evergreen song. Though their voices may not meet the required standard of a professional classic opera, the collaboration seems apt in Nigeria's present circumstances. What with the economic recession, the youth bulge, multiple taxation, malnutrition, unemployment, insurgency, kidnapped citizens, etc

Some say it is not enough to sing, but that our leaders should do the needful by cutting the cost of governance and let the change start with both the leaders and the led simultaneously. But I say there's nothing wrong with the effort of these well-meaning elders. Prayers can go on parri pasu reforms...

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