Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and other northern Christian leaders have vowed to resist the Muslim-Muslim Presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general election.
They have described the party as anti-Christ, stressing that Christians, including members of the APC, will use their Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) and prayers to resist the party’s plan ahead of the polls.
The northern Christian leaders spoke today, July 29, at an APC Northern Christian Leaders Summit in Abuja.
The former SGF stressed that he would keep protesting against the Muslim-Muslim ticket, describing his “resistance” as a wake-up call.
He said that the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket is proof of its anti-Christian agenda and that the party has completely eliminated northern Christians from its National Working Committee (NWC) and National Executive Committee (NEC).
The Muslim-Muslim ticket, he said, has been a long-term political strategy and not a one-off decision.
“Thus, all this talk of competence as the reason for the choice of the Muslim VP is balderdash and diversionary. This is a calculated anti-Christian exclusion agenda that is being implemented.”
He wondered why the APC is quiet on the opposition of some members and why the party “hired fake Bishops to further embarrass the church.”
“Christians all over the country see this ticket as a deliberate and premeditated attempt to introduce and firmly entrench religion into the politics of the country, which could lead to further disharmony.
“This is truly a wake-up call for all Nigerian Christians. We didn’t start this religious politics; APC and its candidates did; so, all of us should take note and act as appropriate.
“So, our dear APC colleagues spare us these sanctimonious lectures on competence and the cliche ‘religion of the candidates does not matter’. The truth is that the 2023 presidential election will be all about religion, and sadly, you started it; religion does matter in this context so be ready for the consequences,” he said.
He emphasized that Christians neither seek to oppress nor dominate any one or religion, adding that Christians will resist any one trying to discriminate against them and the religion.
“The PVC and our prayers will be our weapons of choice and we will massively deploy them in 2023.
“But while we are ready to battle this politics of exclusion and oppression, we are open to discussions with anyone who wants to engage with us in good faith.”
The former Reps Speaker too said that the party’s flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has made a fatal error in choosing Kashim Shettima as a running mate, saying that the is a rude awakening that happened sooner than later.
He lamented unhelpful framings of a debate by pundits that posit that Christians in the North are so small in number that their votes don’t count, adding that this argument seeks to reinforce the satanic agenda of dividing the church in Nigeria into North and South.
The former lawmaker said that the Muslim/Muslim ticket is a bad decision because it would fuel inequality and breed division which is counter-productive to the collective aspirations for a united and prosperous nation.
“An indispensable attribute of a leader in crisis is to be able to recognise a departure of events from routine to novel.
“Consequently, anyone who thinks that events in Nigeria in 2022 are not novel but routine as they were in 1993 is totally incapable of finding solutions to challenges currently ravaging our dear nation.”
He called on Nigerians to rebuke with love, the nodding dogs who have sold themselves to lying spirits by deliberately believing in lies or are refusing to accept the truth.
“The harder they try to make us bow to the golden image of greed, the more we should chant to their chagrin the answer given by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
“As long as God remains the God of justice, may we continue to resist injustice to our sinews, no matter who is for or against it because it is the requirement of the just God.”
Also at the event were Adamawa senator, Elisha Abbo; former sports minister, Solomon Dalung, and other APC leaders.
Source: PREMIUM TIMES.