Don’t allow politicians to wreck Nigeria, Obasanjo tasks religious leaders
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has warned religious leaders in the country not to allow politicians with no fear of God to wreck Nigeria, explaining that if such is allowed to happen, the entire country would regret it.
Penpushing reports that Obasanjo gave the caution note, when the new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Most Reverend Daniel Okoh paid him a courtesy visit at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Penthouse residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
The former President requested that Nigeria politicians could be made more responsible by the country’s religious leaders.
“If you stand on the truth, you stand for justice and equity, it is then the politicians will not be able to mess us around and I will say it with all sense of responsibility now, if we do not watch it, the politicians will wreck this country and we all regret it.
“And where can we look for salvation, that is where you religious leaders have a significant role to play. I think its the mistake of the past (particularly in the Christendom), that we say politics is not for the righteous. Now, if we take the righteous away from politics, and we leave politics to the unrighteous, the unrighteous will smear the righteous with the unrighteousness that they will carry into politics and will have no where to go.
“And in the next election, if we do not watch it, it may make or break Nigeria. And I pray that it will make Nigeria,” Obasanjo was quoted to have said.
Penpushing further reports that Obasanjo,pointed out that the Sultan of Sokoto had spoken about Okoh to him personality, adding that he’s impressed with him, stressing that for the Sultan to have sang his praises, they can both work together and turn around the country positively.
The former President for having both Sultan of Sokoto and the leader of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on same page, there is possibility that politicians will listen to them, and if they failed people will listen to them
Penpushing also reports that the visiting religious leader had earlier commended the Obasanjo for his roles in turning around the Christian faith in the country, asserting that he has made valid contributions to Christianity in Nigeria.
“In 1976, you started with the establishment of this association, the CAN and in September 1999, you formed the Inter Religious Faith Council 1999. On the political sector, you set up the National Political Reform Conference, which I am privilege to be a delegate, representing the Christian faith. These were the few I could remember as I was planning for this visit. Baba, you have played important roles in the political history of Nigeria and Africa, particularly your current role in the Horn of Africa, where the task is to ensure peace in the region. These are no doubt, valid contributions to Christianity.”
The Christians leader said the Council had resolved not to leave the political space to the politicians, that the religious leaders must get involved, not to be partisan, but, must give leadership to make sure that the values of the religion are brought to the space to help to live in peace and work for the unity of the nation, including fighting for justice.
“We are committed to the call Baba made And I can see it, that it is coming from his heart. He has the passion and definitely we are not going to take it for granted”, the cleric said
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