The expression on these two faces are not that of a mere facade but of a strong passion which predates the 2013-2015 political imbroglio.
The Jonathans and the Amaechis were bonded by not just mere political convictions but by a natural affection which also strengthened the relationship between their wives.
But like in all human relationships, the Bible warned of the little foxes that spoil the vine.
“Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom” (Song of Songs 2:15).
I want to preach with this on this beautiful Sunday, the Day after the meeting.
Politicians have Men of God both Pastors and Imams alike who ought to be their spiritual advisers. It’s either these leaders only choose what they want to hear or pay to hear what gladden their heart. Before they became politicians, they were first religious people, guided by divine doctrines. Sadly, the rift that crops up amongst them is an far cry from the bond they ought to share had they followed godly counsel.
The scripture in reference above is very clear on why we must be wary of the slimy presence of enemies of our productive relationships. They are called “little foxes” which destroy the vineyards at their point of blossom and fruitfulness.
Who are those little foxes? In another parable of Christ, it is said that “while men slept, the enemies sowed tares in the gardens.”
Let me stop here as the Evening Mass does not require a long sermon.
The two great sons of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria from very humble beginnings towered through hard work and divine providence to National prominence. Goodluck Jonathan and Chibuike Amaechi have had a long standing relationship until fifth columnists otherwise known as “the third force” in recent times creeped in and tore the two apart. These little foxes sowed thorns and thistles which led to a catastrophic end of a once glamorous relationship. Of course, the rest of the story is known to us all.
With the secret pain they share, this moment they savored at a funeral occasion in Port Harcourt; the Jonathans and the Amaechis truly were inseparable. Maybe, the “David” factor is what is needed to bring back the most celebrated kind of agape love of our times.
Will Jonathan fight for his friend, “David” to become?
Time will surely tell.
Me I call this politics without bitterness110