From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi
The Christian Recovery Alliance of Nigeria (CRAN) has observed that the country is bleeding with a cocktail of multi-layered challenges and fault lines with religion foregrounding several of the fault lines.
CRAN while also noting that the country has never been divided as it is now, observed that, “Nigeria is today a failed state and the rebirth/recovery of the country lies with the Christians.”
It thus advised Christian leaders and adherents of the faith to understand the true nature of the threatening political landscape, especially with the current electioneering cycle and be emboldened as leaders of the faith to embrace participation in politics and political leadership.
This is contained in a communique issued at the end of the CRAN strategic discourse for Christians in Strategic Political Leadership for Recovery of Nigeria (CSPL) held at the BENCEDI Hall, Makurdi, Benue State.
The communique, which was jointly signed by Pastor Qrisstuberg Amua (PhD), Gideon Doo Inyom and Evangelist Arc Brahms Ikyuan, took note of Integrity for Christians in political leadership, especially to the extent of justice, equity, probity and accountability to the nation, to encompass a more inclusive system that allows all the key players to work as a team to realise the dream of the university.
It further noted that Christians in Nigeria have been slow at reading the landscape to grasp the larger picture; that most are yet to appreciate the fact that the same faith ticket is a statement by Nigerian Muslims which MUST have an immediate and firm response and the 2023 elections represent the right time for that response.
“The country must avoid the Lebanon Trap, and the key to success on this is in how well Christians will organise. That the consequences for missing this opportunity for we Christians and our children are too high; thus Christians must think ‘globally’ and act ‘locally,’ NEVER forgetting that everything is about statecraft, stealth, blood, money, organisation and power.”
It stressed the need for Christian lawyers to guild up to sacrificially challenge the variance in Nigeria’s constitution with respect to Sharia and the non-sharia legal system.
The communique harped on the need for Christians to shed uncooperative, non-sacrificial attitudes towards goals and the culture of denominational differences that is reflected in the disunity amongst adherents of our faith.