On Saturday, Oyinehi Ejoga, president of the Presbyterian Forum of Northern States, asked Christians to deny Bola Tinubu and his running mate Sen. Kashim Shettima the all-progressive convention all-faith presidential vote ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking to delegates at the NOSCEF National Congress in Kaduna, Ejoga said it was time for Christians to rise up against the APC’s Muslim-Muslim presidential vote, otherwise it will remain in the country’s future elections.
According to him, despite the national outcry following the Muslim-Muslim presidential election, the APC’s insistence shows that the party has no respect for Christians in the country in the slightest, adding that if nothing is done now, Christians will be in the midst of acceptance. Status is in the future.
He said, “Unpatriotic politicians will use any formula they can apply to win elections, whether it hurts or not, and promise to plcate as APC is doing after all the pleas. They will drop any formula that makes them lose elections in the future.
“Kill it now, make the single-faith vote unattractive for the future, or make yourself a perpetually irrelevant commodity in the future electoral equation.
“A man who is easily persuaded to destroy his body by personal and selfish interests will be the Judas of Christendom. Let us be men and women who are principled and faithful to God.
“We ask Nigerian fans of all faiths to reject the use of single-faith votes to thwart exclusionary politics that take into account regional balance but are insensitive to faith inclusion.”
The event’s guest speaker, Professor Josiah Onarapo, said it was time for Christians across the country to get involved in politics to correct some of the country’s ills.
Turning to the theme: “Politics Today: The Orientation of Christians in the North”, Onarapo pointed to the lack of Christian participation in politics in this land as the reason for the current bad situation in Nigeria.
He said: “Christians must join politics. After God, politics guides the nation. So the church should be part of those who guide Nigeria.
“If Christians were serious politically, we wouldn’t be what this country is today. The church has been serving as a moral compass, not a practitioner. So, it’s time for us to get up.”
Lamenting the persecution of northern Christians, Onaolapo added that in the entire region, only 3 states are ruled by northern Christians from 19 states.
As such, he noted that the 2023 election poses a threat to the political viability of Northern Christians, noting that Northern Christians must take their destiny into their own hands or they are doomed for life.
“In the northern states, including Sokoto and Zamfara, there is not a single state without about 30 percent Christians,” he said.
“What have we done to our population? It’s time to use our numbers to bring about political change.
“Muslims in the north are known to vote for their brothers.
“Unfortunately, I see Christians being attracted to northern Muslims when it is the North’s turn to get the presidency.
“When we get to the South, we’re drawn to Southern Christians. Shameful, isn’t it.
He added, “Does this mean we don’t have a Christian in the north to be president? A party says northern Christians are politically worthless in Nigeria and that’s why they chose another Muslim as their vice presidential candidate.
“Do you blame them, the answer is no. They think you are purchasable. The 2023 election is a threat to the political viability of Northern Christians.
“We have to fight as if our lives depended on it. If you keep the door closed to northern Christians, the door is closed forever.
“If we allow the door to be closed to Christians in Kaduna, that door will be closed forever.
“Northern Christians must take control of their own destiny or they will be wiped out politically. The political equation in Nigeria will be wiped out.”