Deeply saddened by the myriads of problem besetting Nigeria, the Catalyst For Global Peace and Justice Initiative (CPJ) has called on Nigerians to vote out politicians who don’t have the interest of the country at heart with their PVCs in the next general elections in 2023.
The Convener of the group, Abraham Sam Aiyedogbon, expressed grief over the unprecedented pains of Nigerians, said it was high time Nigerians made wise decision not regarding any form of sentiment as Nigerians go to the poll in 2023.
According to him, with the hardship in the country, Nigerians should not allow mundane gratifications from politicians to make them lose focus on the ultimate goal of voting a competent candidate.
“The Nigerian populace for so long is being subjected and being severely traumatised with all forms of deprivation of basic necessities in life, such as food, water, shelter, security, electricity, health care, education, and every form of basic infrastructure which are taken for granted in any modern society.
“We dare not forget but recall with nostalgia, the fraudulent package of a phantom hope that promised us a glorious change in the year 2014/2015.
The convener maintained that Nigerians were fooled prior 2015 general elections, noting that the same set of people who packaged, presented and promoted, with so much jamboree, this incumbent administration, are the ones, who without any sense of shame, remorse nor repentance, are now stooping below the level of every basic norm, morality and decency, to promote a reincarnated and rebranded caricature of their abysmal failure before using in what they dare call continuity.
“A closer scrutiny of the health, the credentials, public behaviour and the insensitivity, hypocrisy and arrogance of what is now known as ‘same faith presidential ticket’ of the ruling party will convince you without any iota or shadow of doubt that we are going from bad to worse,”
Aiyedogbon, who is the founder of Realm of Glory Church, Lagos, affirmed that the unprecedented state and level of insecurity pervading every region and segment of the society, due to the insincerity and the seeming cluelessness and ruthlessness of Nigeria’s present rulers.
The cleric posited that most people are unaware that the country has been permanently under lock down, which in reality was even worse than what was necessitated at peak of the COVID – 19 pandemic.
“No thanks to the operations of bandits, herdsmen, terrorists, Boko-haram, ISWAP, unknown gunmen, unknown soldiers, including the now newly unveiled unknown bishops with their unknown churches & diocese etc.
“People can no longer travel by road, by rail, and even by air with the recent suspension of the operations of dana airlines and the self imposed grounding of one of the airlines in the country due to the unfriendly environment.
“These have literally turned air travellers to refugees as they slumber like people in coma at the departure lounges of our various airports.
“Worse still is the current threat to ban commercial motor bikes (popularly known as ‘okada’ or ‘going’) nation-wide, and that was after the pump price of PMS has been clandestinely increased.
“With less & less commuting by road, by rail & traveling by air and with the proposed banning of ‘okada or going?’, what we have is a perfect recipe for complete or total lockdown,”
He frowned at what he christened “An elevation to high heavens, the flagrant display of insensitivity and the insult on the collective sensibility of every Nigerian, up to the level of sacrilege through the desecration of the sacredness of divinely ordained priesthood.
He lamented over the parade of fake bishops and so called Christian leaders, just like the unsettled matters of fake date/place of birth, fake record of schools attended, fake degrees & fake source of wealth.
“Any candidate who treats millions of people of a particular faith as inconsequential and disposable, can most likely commit murder without blinking an eye.
“Candidates and their parties, who can impersonate the revered ministers of one of the most noble religion, or that of the leadership of any organization for that matter, have surely given themselves away, not only as being fraudsters, but as a gang of vicious criminals.
“Such should be strongly condemned and resisted by every well meaning individuals and by lovers of God. They probably know nothing about the famous common sensual adage that says “The hood or the robe does not make the monk”.
“The folly and the stupidity of their incompetence was made glaring before the whole world since their hired actors know nothing about either the robe or the comportment of genuine men and women of God.
He added that the scheme by desperate politicians is antithetical to that of the Lord Jesus Christ. What we are witnessing is much more like desperate fraudsters leading hungry miscreants who may easily masquerade as Christian leaders or quacks of other professions.
“It is now an open secret that there is a well orchestrated conspiracy to strip Christians of our God given identity, the dignity of our ethnic nationality and ancestral lands, along with the potency, stability and immunity that our faith or religious beliefs as anchored to our souls affords us.
He added that the argument by some analysts and some APC apologists for same faith ticket and the need to take or separate religion from politics.
“Most people in history have chosen the pursuit of freedom and happiness (which are deeply rooted in their religious beliefs) over the temporary comfort of a good/serene environment and availability of food with other amenities from so called benevolent tyrants.
“The argument that ‘same faith (Muslim Muslim) ticket will not matter at these perilous times if there is ability and competence to provide basic necessities, is the exclusive luxury of some elites who are either very shallow in faith and in their knowledge of true human psychology.
“Both the Muslims and Christians and other religions should not be stigmatised or persecuted for seeking to protect their religious rights and freedom in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation with the constitutional status of a secular state like Nigeria.
“Balance, inclusiveness, respect for all, and freedom to demand and enjoy those rights as enshrined in the constitution must be allowed unchallenged,” he stated.