The country’s Christians have been urged not to waste their votes in the upcoming general elections in 2023 by former House Speaker Yakubu Dogara, who claims that the adoption of the same-faith presidential and vice-presidential ticket by the current government, the All Progressives Congress (APC), is incompatible with Nigeria’s efforts to build its nation.
On Tuesday, Dogara stated that every Christian is aware that God does not tolerate waste and as a result, it is unchristian for the church to waste anything given to them from above. The summit was dubbed “Meet the Church” and was organized by the Nigerian National Christians Coalition (NNCC) with the theme, “The role of the Church in Nation Building.”
He claimed that the APC disregarded warnings issued by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Catholic Secretariat, the ECWA church, and numerous other Christian organizations and adopted the same faith ticket in a way that undermined the foundational elements of nation-building, such as a shared identity, values, and vision.
“The APC adopted the same faith ticket in a country that has never attained nationhood. These warnings were not only ignored but dismissed in one fell swoop by the APC presidential candidate who strangely believes that he can build a strong, secure and viable nation-state without first forging a shared identity, vision and values for our people thereby enabling us transit from citizens of a country into a nation of people with strong shared identity and values.”
“In their convoluted posturing, they have placed state-building ahead of nation-building; a task never before achieved in history and we need no seer to tell us that such endeavour is guaranteed to end in spectacular failure. No divided people have ever built any civilization.”
“To demonstrate that the church is right, it is not alone in condemning the same faith ticket. Other prominent Islamic clerics and Muslim leaders have also spoken in the same light. It is a good omen that both Christian and Muslim elites are not complacent over this matter. To this end, it will be easy to generate the needed elite consensus that is key to nation-building. All nations are built by elite consensus while all countries that failed at nation-building were destroyed by elite complacency.”
“Granted that the Christians and Muslims will always disagree on some issues, there are, however, many things over which we are agreeable. It is enough to forge ahead with the task of nation-building based on those common issues we agree on. It must be noted that just as Muslims alone cannot build a nation out of Nigeria so also Christians alone cannot. We have to work together on “nation formations” he said.
Dogara praised the church in the nation for speaking out against policies taken by some political platforms that will impede nation-building and shaking off the beast of previous complacency.
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