The adoption Muslim-Muslim ticket by the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 presential election is a fruitless political effort that has been doomed to finish in spectacular failure, a former Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara predicted on Tuesday.
He additionally took to cleaners the insistence by the presidential candidate of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on presenting Muslim-Muslim presidential candidates, regardless of a nationwide outcry.
Dogara expressed his views in Abuja whereas delivering his keynote deal with at a summit tagged, ‘Meet The Church,’ organised by the Nigeria Nationwide Christian Coalition with the theme: ‘The position of the church in nation-building’.
He stated, “Of their convoluted posturing, they’ve positioned state-building forward of nation-building; a activity by no means earlier than achieved in historical past and we’d like no seer to inform us that such endeavor is assured to finish in spectacular failure. No divided folks have ever constructed any civilization
“I’m so elated that at this time’s church in Nigeria has shaken off the beast of the complacency of the previous into hearth by talking up and resisting measures adopted by some political platforms that can hamper nation constructing.
“In a way that negated the basics of nation constructing, similar to shared id, values and visions, the APC adopted a identical religion ticket in a rustic that has by no means attained nationhood.”
In line with him, lengthy earlier than the adoption of the identical religion ticket, the church had warned in opposition to it via the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria, Catholic Secretariat, ECWA and so many different Christian organisations.
Dogara stated, “These warnings weren’t solely ignored however dismissed in a single fell swoop by the APC presidential candidate who unusually believes that he can construct a robust, safe and viable nation-state with out first forging a shared id, imaginative and prescient and values for our folks thereby enabling us transit from residents of a rustic right into a nation of individuals with sturdy shared id and values.
“To reveal that the church is correct, it isn’t alone in condemning the identical religion ticket. Different distinguished Islamic clerics and Muslim leaders have additionally spoken in the identical gentle.
“It’s a good omen that each Christian and Muslim elites should not complacent over this matter. To this finish, it will likely be simple to generate the wanted elite consensus that’s key to nation-building. All nations are constructed by elite consensus whereas all nations that failed in nation-building had been destroyed by elite complacency.”
The previous Speaker additionally known as on Christians to withstand the temptation to waste their votes within the 2023 common elections.
“Each Christian is aware of that our God doesn’t tolerate waste. It’s unchristian for the church to waste something given to us from above as we personal nothing besides what’s given to us from above.
“I’ve gone to nice lengths to reveal that the church should not waste its votes or sow identical on unproductive grounds.
“Each Christian should see his vote as abilities given to him by God to commerce with and as seeds that should not be wasted.
“The one approach we will construct a nation out of Nigeria is by doing the correct issues. A united, inclusive, peaceable and affluent Nigeria is feasible if we go to work. We are able to begin constructing that Nigeria of our goals if we don’t waste our votes within the subsequent election circle”, he stated.
On the occasion, the convener of NNCC, Apostle Titilope Oluwadare, regretted that the church at current is enjoying a mere reactionary half in Nigeria’s political course of.
She stated that in each nice nation the primary stakeholders have interaction and negotiate energy, positions and insurance policies.
Oluwadare stated it was time for Christians to grasp that till the church engages and brings forth her pursuits and drives them into concepts and fashions out political methods, the system won’t be sanitised.
“Subsequently, we might proceed within the circle retrogression within the nation and the scenario continues to deteriorate even additional,” she stated.
The Vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering and Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by Senator Uche Ekwunife, informed spiritual organisations and teams to indicate curiosity in partaking not only a political class, however the three arms of presidency as main stakeholders in Nigeria tasks, particularly on delicate nationwide points.
He defined that by doing so, much more could be achieved in nation-building.
Okowa stated though it might sound lengthy overdue, Christians ought to navigate their approach into the method of management in Nigeria.
He defined that Nigerians had been bored with politicians who chant the issues bedeviling the nation however lack concrete options to the challenges.
“We all know the challenges. We don’t need folks to return and inform us our challenges. We would like folks to inform us the options to our issues as a result of our issues and tomorrow’s anyone partaking your political platform”, he stated.