Northern Christian group warns politicians against attaching religion to politics
By Samuel Luka, Bauchi
The Bauchi state Chairman of Congress of Northern Nigerian Christians (CNNC), Dr. Timothy Ishaya Gwami, has called on Nigerian politicians to desist from applying religious and ethnic sentiments in the ongoing political activities to avert chaos in the country.
Dr. Timothy Ishaya who made the call shortly after their annual general meeting in Bauchi, said already, there is anxiety among Nigerians over utterances of some politicians based on religious and ethnic sentiments.
He stressed that such utterances is giving the impression that the year 2023 election would spell doom for the country.
According to him, the focus of their meeting was aimed at educating their members on the need to salvage the country’s democracy from eminent collapse.
Dr. Timothy Gwami, charged leaders at all levels to sensitise their members on the need to actively participate in the electioneering process.
He pointed out that Nigeria is in dire need of God-fearing leaders with good character to address the current insecurity, hunger and unemployment that is bedeviling the country.
The group lamented that democracy has been bastardized in Nigeria such that only Nigerians, especially those with good track-record can cleanse the system.
“The church must also mobilise their members towards nation-building. The nation’s democratic system has been bastardised by the people in power, they have destroyed our democracy and until Christians with integrity join politics, things will remain the same”, he said.
The Chairman noted that the forthcoming 2023 general election would amount to a waste of the already insufficient and unavailable resources, if it fails to produce the right set of leaders.
The Chairman, Northern Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) Reverend Timothy Dogari, noted that the current hardship being experienced in the country was deliberately caused by some selfish politicians.
He described the situation as a political weapon created by the selfish politicians to ‘weaken the masses, positing that, “we are in a political war in Nigeria”.
Reverend Dogari further explained that the joint meeting of Christian group was part of their action plan to achieve peace building that would stand the test of time.
The Northern Elders forum Leader also called on the general public to take the advantage of the ongoing voters registration exercise to obtain their PVCs to enable them vote for credible leaders in 2023.
The Reverend charged governments at all level to bring an end to the insecurity bedeviling the country before, during and after the general elections.
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