•CAC preaches PVCs, ex-AG Oyo praises Shettima’s efficiency
• The identical confidence ticket reopens the previous wound of the North, says the PDP boss
The serving overseer of Citadel World Group Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, yesterday warned Nigerians in opposition to taking part in politics of ethnicity and faith within the coming yr.
Talking on the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which incorporates Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, the cleric, who participated within the occasion’s primaries, suggested residents to prioritize nation constructing.
Noting that the ticket has been fiercely contested, Bakare charged Christian leaders to interact open-minded candidates. He stated: “Going ahead, earlier than 2023, we have to study from our errors. Christian leaders should, at this level, convey their candidates and candidates to the negotiating desk with an open thoughts and primarily based on a clearly articulated constitution for nation constructing and nationwide growth.”
The cleric added that the second calls for each Nigerian to resume his/her dedication to nationhood. He stated such strategic engagement could be harking back to the interventions of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) in 2010 when it engaged presidential candidates on the premise of saving and remodeling Nigeria.
Bakare suggested Christian leaders to interrogate candidates for growth and agree on a strategic gathering to outline minimal requirements in all sectors of governance.
I’ve recommended pointers for nation-building engagement that must be made earlier than September, when the campaigns will formally start.
ALSO, the management of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) worldwide has urged believers to get their Everlasting Voter Playing cards (PVCs).
She equally pleaded with Nigerians to accentuate prayers for the salvation of Nigeria. The president of the church, Pastor Henry Ojo and Prophet Richard Kolawole of CAC Arogungbogunmi, Ibadan, shared the view yesterday, through the 26th anniversary of CAC Arogungbogunmi Worldwide.
Particularly, Ojo stated because the nation approaches the 2023 basic elections, Nigerians ought to pray for a person after God’s coronary heart as President. He known as on the residents to hope for the uncertainty.
On the identical spiritual ticket of the ruling occasion, Ojo said: “Clearly, the selection will not be nice with the scenario we discover ourselves in Nigeria right now as a result of Nigerians not consider within the unity of this nation. Faith and tribe have divided us. I consider since we now have two main religions in Nigeria, they need to take into account Christians.”
“However the selection is ours. We should have our PVCs. We all know (events) which have Christian-Muslim tickets. After we now have prayed for God’s will to be carried out, the selection is ours. Nigerians are those who will resolve who will likely be there. No have to argue or struggle. The extra we struggle, the extra enmity we now have.”
The host, Prophet Kolawole, stated: “My message to Nigerians is that we should pray very fervently as a result of the nation is at a crossroads. Nigeria is in a state of confusion. What we want now’s to hope that God will give us path, not for a celebration and never for a candidate. Folks ought to ask God what to do subsequent.”
Moreover, the previous Accountant Basic of Oyo State underneath the administration of late Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Dr. Olagoke Salami, praised Shettima’s efficiency.
The Nationwide Protector / Southwest Grand Protector of the Nationwide Coalition of Tinubu Assist Teams (NCTSC), in an announcement, stated the election of the previous Borno State governor “is an efficient omen and mixture that will take the nation ahead”.
ALSO, a boss of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) in Plateau State, Chief Jonathan Sunday Akuns, says the identical confidence ticket has reopened an previous wound within the North.
I’ve argued that though Nigerians all the time draw consideration to the Fulani and Hausa as the principle ethnic teams within the North West area, the elite depend on Islam for governance and exclude the identical regional ethnic teams who’re Christian.
Asserting that “that is the template that some audio system wish to implement on the nationwide degree,” Akuns stated it tends to finish up creating instability.
He famous: “All elected leaders from the North have been Fulani Muslims, however none of them have ever appointed a Fulani or Hausa Christian from the North West area to any authorities workplace. why?
“Other than appointments, Hausa and Fulani Christians within the North West area are all the time discriminated in opposition to in each sphere of life, why? When different areas and ethnic teams undertake the template of the northwest area, the Islamic clerics will cry fraud, why?”