Let the Christian Association of Nigeria float as a political party – By Abba Dukawa

As the country matched the 2023 general elections, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria and other individuals turned religious bigotry. I am sure that the use of religious or tribal sentiments has not benefited anyone and the country as a whole. Over the past 7 years, the electoral patterns in the country alone have held along ethnic and religious lines, which has brought the country to the brink of failure so to speak.

There has not been a time when the country has been polarized like now because no one feels safe because of our collective failure to elect incompetent people who cannot be leaders at the same time to work for the economic growth of the country. This mistake of voting religious or tribal alone has widened the eyes of Nigerians to forget about tribalism and religious feelings but resort to seeking Allah’s guardians to vote. What are the benefits of our current generation of leaders voting only along ethnic and religious lines.

Today, the northern states and the country in general have turned into scarred zones with bandits, kidnappers and terrorists killing, kidnapping and raping innocent unarmed civilians without any challenge from security agencies. It is difficult to juxtapose the constitutional and primary responsibility of government with the situation in the country under the watchful eyes of the President and state governors given the situation in which dozens of people are being killed daily while hundreds of others have abandoned their homes. Due to this erroneous vote, the country’s economy is in bad shape as the country comes to the current dreaded moment, as the cost of servicing the debt has exceeded the federal government’s retained earnings by N310 billion over the past of the first four months of 2022. Total federal government revenue for the period was N1.63 trillion, while debt service gobbled up N1.94 trillion.

As the country approaches the general elections of 2023, Nigerians must learn to put the interests of the country ahead of our parochial, tribal, ethnic or religious interests, because the country is for all of us. Since the ruling ruling party is betting on Muslim banknotes since there is no end in sight to the public spitting on the banknotes, despite this spitting has nothing to do with the interest of Muslims or Christians but just for political interests.

Why, religion should be the criteria to determine who rules Nigeria. Why should the religion of presidential and vice-presidential candidates matter? And what does religion in this case, Christianity and Islam have to do with a person’s ability and ability to effectively govern a country like Nigeria?

I mean, Nigeria is not just a country of Christians and Muslims. Millions of Nigerians do not identify as Christians or Muslims. There are Nigerians who are atheists/humanists, traditional and religious. Like their Christian and Muslim counterparts, they also have the right to participate in politics and governance. They have the right to vote and to be elected. Discussions over the Muslim-Muslim, Christian-Muslim, Christian-Christian, and Christian-Muslim tickets have made religions, especially Christianity and Islam, the main parameters for choosing the president and vice president.

For this reason, the Christian Association of Nigeria and its foot soldiers must not know that making noise or intimidation cannot force voters to circumvent their ego and selfish interest in political survival. Why Babachir and co who are fumbling on the muslim muslim ticket why they felt aggrieved by the action using the available platform urging christians anyone to oppose the choice.

For the former secretary to the government of the Federation, SGF, and other like-minded people across the country should remember that Nigerians are wise enough not to let religious fanaticism add more suffering to us as they sway in dollars and naira in their comfort zone. Despite this, these people are morally corrupt to speak on behalf of Christians. They do it for their own good, not for poor Christians and Christianity for anyone to fight in the name of their religion, they must be morally upright because religion is about righting wrong.

Let the Christian Association of Nigeria and these selfish groups allow political seekers to misuse religion as a tool to gain power and simply gain personal gain from those in authority. Let the CAN and other religious sectarianisms understand that the Nigerian constitutions grant everyone freedom of religion, this must be strictly enforced and protected. Let CAN float a Christian party that will focus on partisan politics rather than making unnecessary noise.

Dukawa writing from Kano can be reached via [email protected]

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