Christians Must Listen To The Voice Of God To Save Nigeria
Christians Must Listen To The Voice Of God To Save Nigeria.
Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
As you know, I am not a Priest, Pastor or Catechist; I am a Lay Faithful with learning in Law and not Theology. It is on the basis of my learning and understanding of political events in Nigeria that I send you this letter in good faith without malice to anyone, Group or Religion.
At the last meeting of the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) which took place on Thursday June 2, 2016, it was very clear to some of us Elders that Christians in Nigeria do not fully appreciate their precarious political situation – one country with two systems, two conflicting ideologies (Democracy and Sharia) where Christians are subject to Jihad, conventional such as Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen and stealth or Civilized Jihad such as membership of OIC etc by the Nigerian State.
What is left for us Christians is to put on our thinking caps and promote ideas that can win the peace as the Jihadists had almost won. At that meeting, it became very clear to me that until Christians reconciled themselves as an entity, the possibility of reconciling the diverse Religious, Ethnic Nationalities etc in Nigeria will be very difficult if not impossible.
Below are some of my reasons for the statement above:
- An arm of one of our Church Groups at the meeting was determined that its Leader should be the next President of CAN and their argument was, if the Head of their Group who was kidnapped had died, life would go on without the said Leader’s signature as to who should be the candidate for the Presidency of CAN for their Church Group. Some of the members of this Church Group in NCEF did not see anything wrong with their leader who convened a meeting without authority, developed a new Group letterhead to convey the decisions of the meeting with himself as the candidate for the Church Group for the office of President of CAN. As Christians, some of us felt that the action of this Church Leader was morally wrong.
- A top Christian in government of this Church Group was said to have been approached to contribute to the fund needed to pay ransom for the release of his Leader and his reply, I am told, was that he had no sympathy for the kidnapped leader who had refused to endorse his own Candidate.
- Fortunately, the question of Candidates for election to the post of the next President of CAN had been concluded and two candidates had been cleared for Election. It is my hope that members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of CAN will consider the question of Christian unity in making their choice by allowing the Church Group yet to produce the President of CAN to do so this time.
Luxury enjoyed by Christians in America
America is a Christian county where “the Bible is the book of all the people and the whole super structure of government and jurisprudence is built on it”; can afford the luxury of inter-denominational squabbles such as Gideon’s distribution of the Bible (King James Version) to public schools throughout the country though rejected by some other states for denominational reasons.
Christians or Church Groups cannot afford such luxury because Nigeria is a country where the Islamists regard Christianity as standing in its way and therefore must be vanquished. This treatment also applies to other Muslims the Islamists regard as false Preachers and Leaders who are not able or unwilling to interpret the Koran and Hadith “correctly”. In other words, the Islamists in Nigeria represented by Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen are demanding
(1) that the Nigeria society should be reconstructed in line with the Religious principle and ideals of Islam;
(2) that Section 10 of the Constitution which provides that “the government of the Federation or of a State shall not adopt any Religion as state Religion” should be replaced by an Islamic state in which Islamic principles and authority have primacy over and above the Nigerian Constitution; and
(3) that the Western values agreed to by our founding fathers at various Constitutional Conferences before independence and adopted by Nigeria in the Independence Constitution of 1960 and subsequent Constitutions, are corrupt to the extent of justifying Jihad against the West and Nigeria which they had conducted since 1975 with the overthrow of Gen. Yakubu Gowon. The Jihad was conducted initially by means of what is called civilization Jihad such as expansion of Sharia Law in the Constitution; Nigeria’s entry into OIC etc and, since the year 2002, conventional Jihad of Boko Haram and, recently, Fulani herdsmen. In the above circumstances, Christians and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians, have no choice but to unite against Islamism, not in battle, but through ideas to win the peace for Nigeria.
Religion and the Constitution
We, Christians in Nigerian seem not to understand the difference between separation of Church and State (Section 10) and the influence of Religion in Politics. Most Christians in Nigeria however know and believe that government supporting a particular Religion is unconstitutional and wrong more so when government is tacitly promoting that Religion.
We, Christians in Nigeria, have no business to determine whether Islamist Jihad doctrine is correct or genuine, it is for the Muslims to determine if the doctrine is not genuine, they must lead in its condemnation. To have some of us Christians say that Islamist Jihadists (Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen) are misguided Muslims is to weaken Nigeria’s appreciation of the correct situation of our country concerning Security and Politics and in the process, inadvertently strengthening the Islamists. It is also unfortunate that some of us Christians hold ourselves out as the mouthpieces of the Jihadists for financial consideration. This should stop and we must call the spade by its correct name as we are not oblivious of all that is happening in the Middle East. We must also be careful that “Pastor” does not become the cover name for Intelligence Operatives in the promotion of Islamism.
Taqiyya and Waqf
Taqiyya – permissible falsehood
Lying is not only permissible in Islam but obligatory for Muslims in some situations, thus providing two standards for truth and falsehood. In general, the Koran disapprove of Muslims deceiving other Muslims but approves and recommends lying to non-Muslims (infidels). The Koran 3:28 provides thus: “Let not the believer take the disbelievers as friends and whoever does that will never be helped by Allah in anyway unless you indeed fear a danger from them and Allah warns you against himself and to Allah is the final return”.
In the message of Yousufu Al-Qaradawi a Spiritual Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 he said: “The acceptance of secularism means abandonment of Sharia, a denial of the divine guidance and a rejection of Allah’s injunctions …. For this reason, the call for secularism among Muslim is atheism and a rejection of Islam. Its acceptance as a basis for rule in place of sharia is downright apostasy….”
Are we Christians being deceived by our brothers Muslims? In any case, the above explains why for many years, military President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida lied to the country about Nigeria’s membership of the OIC and why systematically, all our Muslim military leaders deliberately sabotaged the growth of democracy in Nigeria including the overthrow of President Shagari.
Waqf – Sacred Space
The concept of sacred space is a well developed one in Sharia. Sharia – an aggressively territorial system holds that all lands on earth has been given by Allah to Muslims in perpetuity. Since the world already belong to Muslims in its entirety they must dominate land already conquered and occupied by Muslims as well as space gained in the past by force of the faithful – Waqf considered sacred ground endowed by Allah to the Ummah – (Muslims people) forever.
If ever such space has been lost, it is the duty of Muslim to regain it by Jihad if necessary. This explains why Fulani herdsmen are all over the country with Fulani from outside the country coming into Nigeria from neighbouring countries to kill, maim, destroy and to video these atrocities, while at the same time the Federal Government is waging civilized Jihad by trying to legislate Grazing Reserve for Fulani herdsmen throughout the country.
Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen
It is necessary to make it clear that terrorism cost money in quantum. Terrorism is very difficult and, above all, requires the State; it is not a venture for individuals or Group of renegade or vandal without State support. With respect to cost, money is required for recruitment and Jihad fighters. This explains why a North/Eastern Nigerian ex-Governor, months after leaving office, collected 40% of the allocation of the State for his personal use. It also explains why security votes are massively and excessively unrelated to security when States have no Police Force or Intelligence Service.
They are used to promote and develop anti-democratic institutions to defeat democracy. Jihad also requires establishing training camps and infrastructures; it also requires agents and sophisticated planning. We, Christians, therefore need to ask ourselves who are those behind Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen? It is common sense to appreciate that the Jihadists could not operate for so long since 2001 i.e. 15 years without State support. Only last week, Friday, June 3, 2016, thirty soldiers from Niger Republic and two Nigerian soldiers were killed by Boko Haram and a town Babaka in Yobe, North/East Nigeria was sacked on June 6, 2016. Boko Haram is still potent and active.
Islamist (Jihadist) Ideology
Islamist ideology is similar to that of Nazism which provides for: state as vessel, extreme racialism, essentialism, biological superiority, racial purity, anti-Semitism, world domination. To enforce Nazism, Secret Police was set up, the SSS Nazism was defeated by championing freedom. The Islamist Jihadist believed that they can obtain the benefit of modernity without borrowing from Western civilization.
They are wrong, very wrong. President Buhari had said that his government had technically defeated Boko Haram and also asked the Police to go after the Fulani herdsmen to arrest and prosecute them. Unlike Christianity, Islamism offers its believers reward here on earth and in heaven. Adherents of the faith are assured of victory in the battle field, economical and cultural supremacy here on earth. In addition, the malams and imams sow the seed and culture of hate among children, yearn for a Caliphate and the liberation of Palestine. President Buhari can do more than just technical defeat and order for arrest. The most important fight against the Islamist is the liberation of the mind of men and women of the Jihadists Islamic world.
President Buhari in addition must cut off terrorists’ access to weapon, money, must above all destroy the Islamist Jihadists’ ideology that justifies and sustain terrorism. We, Christians, can justifiably say that Buhari is yet to defeat Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen in that to do so he must also defeat the ideology of hate. We must stop promoting ignorance under the guise of culture and tradition.
The Voice of God
As you are aware, having joined me to celebrate 50 happy years of marital bliss with my wife Irene Osayuwame in Benin City in 2012, I belong to a Jesuit Parish – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Benin City. Our Parish Priest for many years an African/American, Rev. Fr George Quickley, later became the Jesuit Provincial for West Africa. At an Induction Mass at the Noviciate in Benin City (the first spiritual training to make them Jesuits), he said in his homily that this Induction of Jesuits was at the stage of development whereby the Novices are trained to be able to distinguish the voice of God from the voice of Satan as there is a very thin line separating the two. There is no doubt in my mind with respect to the election of the next President of CAN based on what had transpired so far, one can conclude that the voice and hand of Satan is at work. Otherwise how does one rationalize, that:
(1) On March 21, 2016, Rev. Emmanuel Dziggau was kidnapped along with two of his Pastors in which one of them Rev. Iliya Anto died in captivity. Rev Dziggau and the other Pastor were in the hands of their kidnappers for 9 days until ransom was paid. The information at our disposal, is that the kidnap might not be unconnected with Rev. Dziggau’s refusal to co-operate with the Head of ECWA who wanted to be the TEKAN/ECWA Candidate for the Election.
(2) On May 23, 2016 after a TEKAN/ECWA Executive meeting in Kaduna, Rev Dr Caleb Ahima, Head of Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria, a denomination in TEKAN, on his way to Takum in Taraba State from the meeting of the Bloc was attacked and his jeep and personal belongings (including that of his wife who was with him) were stolen. Till this day, the vehicle is yet to be recovered. Dr. Ahima was being considered by TEKAN to be the presidential nominee of TEKAN/ECWA.
In addition to the above, I wish to add, the kidnapping of the Chibok Girls, 276 human beings (girls) do not just disappear from the face of the earth in the 21stCentury without State conspiracy and involvement. Is the Intelligence Service telling Nigerians that they have no idea where the Chibok girls are? “They should go tell that to the marines” – the limit of Taqiyya.
While we, Christians have no quarrel with Islam, Islamic Groups, Boko Haram have declared war on us Christians and other Nigerians including Muslims. We must evoke freedom to defeat them, intimidation is no longer an effective weapon as it was in 1983 – 1999, we must not allow the State to vilify some Nigerians especially Christians.
Agents of Satan
These agents of Satan have stretched their invisible hands to some of us Christians and we have fallen for them. They are determined to prevent well-meaning Nigerians from winning Peace and Reconciliation. Satan must be in favour of disunity among Christians in Nigeria and the Intelligence Community must be stopped from continuing as Satan’s unseen voice and hands. We, Christians and, indeed, all well-meaning Nigerians must unite under God to defeat the hands of Satanic Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen and we can only do so in unity first as Christians and, thereafter, as Nigerians in Reconciliation.
My prayer therefore, is that members of the National Executive Committee of CAN that will conduct the election of the next President of CAN on June 14 and 15, 2016 must listen and seek the voice and hands of God to aid them in choosing the right person as the next President of CAN to mobilize Christians to save Nigeria.
God save CAN, God bless Nigeria.
Solomon Asemota SAN