Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has urged Christians to not “waste” their votes in 2023, saying the Muslim-Muslim tickets of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are “antithetical” to nation constructing.
Dogara spoke in Abuja, yesterday, at a summit, tagged: ‘Meet the Church’, organized by the Nigerian National Christian Coalition (NNCC), with the theme, ‘The role of the Church in nation building’, focused on the Muslim-Muslim tickets in Nigeria’s forthcoming election.
Hon. Dogara and former Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and different Christian politicians from the north have publicly expressed opposition to the celebration’s same-faith ticket.
Mr. Dogara, citing Matthew 25:14-30, stated, in accordance with one in every of Jesus’ most important parables, Christians should “make investments every little thing God offers us, not waste it. ”
He argued that APC ignored warnings by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Catholic Secretariat, ECWA Church, and lots of different church bodies, and adopted the ticket in a fashion that negated the basics of nation constructing, comparable to shared id, values and imaginative and prescient.
He stated: “The APC adopted same-faith tickets in a rustic that has by no means attained nationhood. These warnings weren’t solely ignored but additionally 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 without first forging a shared id, imaginative and prescient and worth for our individuals, thereby enabling us transit from residents of a rustic right into a nation of individuals with robust shared id and values
“Of their convoluted posturing, they’ve positioned state constructing forward of nation constructing; an activity by no means earlier than achieved in the historical past. And we want no seer to inform us that such endeavor is assured to finish in spectacular failure. No divided individuals have ever constructed any civilization.
Dogara added: “To display that the Church is true, it’s not alone in condemning the identical religion ticket. Different outstanding Islamic clerics and Muslim leaders have additionally spoken in the identical mild. It’s a good omen that Christian and Muslim elites usually are not complacent over this matter.
“To this finish, it is going to be straightforward to generate the wanted elite consensus that’s key to nation constructing. All nations are constructed by elite consensus, whereas all countries that failed at nation-building had been destroyed by elite complacency.
“Granted that the Christians and Muslims will all the time disagree on some points, there are, nevertheless, many issues over which we’re agreeable.
“It is sufficient to forge forward with the duty of nation constructing, primarily based on these frequent points we agree on. It has to be famous that simply as Muslims alone can’t construct a nation out of Nigeria, so additionally Christians alone can’t.”