Today marks an important Day in the Christian calendar. Good Friday, also called Holy Friday, Great Friday or Black Friday, is the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. According to Wikipedia, this religious holiday commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Golgotha, an event central to Christian theology and mythology.
My prayer is that our country and its leaders will take time to make peace during the Easter break, and that the resultant goodwill will last. Our politicians should take the cue from Jesus Christ and be ready to suffer for Kenyans to ensure a better tomorrow for the citizenry.
They should behave like the ‘good’ thief who suffered with Jesus on the cross and sought forgiveness. They should admit their failures and work to make amends.
President Mwai Kibaki should lead these efforts by admitting failures in his administration and rally Kenyans to work with him in addressing the challenges afresh.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga should also forget about what the Grand Coalition Government has done for him and focus on what he should do to ensure the one-year-old fragile unity works.
Former Justice Minister Martha Karua and Agriculture Minister William Ruto should stop throwing tantrums and embrace each other.
ODM Secretary General Anyang Nyongo should stop wasting time waiting for conjugal rights from the PNU-ODM alliance and focus on cementing divisions to ensure happy partners who then can focus on key issues.
The Party of National Unity should forget going around the country to tell Kenyans about changes they want done and concentrate on delivering the much-needed reforms.
Kenyans should also learn from the crowd that supported the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and engage their leaders from a position of reason.
On this day, Kenyans should also commemorate the passion and the suffering of our forefathers who meant well for this nation and liberated us from colonialism.
Kenyans always wanted a leadership whom they could trust with governing this country. They got it, but suddenly, they are afraid of what might happen if internal squabbles continue to intensify to a point where things fall apart.
Politicians should therefore immediately refrain from their self-serving enterprises, stop the wrangling, get their act together and get down to implementing their campaign promises to the benefit of all Kenyans.
And as Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross, Kenyans should also intensify prayers for their country.