APC, Tinubu, Shettima, have no plans for northern Nigeria Christians – Lawal

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The former secretary to the government of the federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC), its presidential candidate and running mate for the 2023 election, Messrs Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima have no intention or plan that offers the northern Christians any sense of inclusion through any tangible roles in their government.

He said in a statement on Sunday entitled ‘Why we are doing what we are doing’ that any nation or political dispensation built on injustice would crumble because justice and equity settle all other disputes.

He said Christian politicians in Northern Nigeria would remain steadfast in their stand for justice, equity and fair play in the 2023 political dispensation in the overall interest of the nation,

He said neither the APC nor its Muslim-Muslim presidential candidate and running mate sees anything wrong in their choice of same faith ticket for 2023 to make peace or assuage the feelings of northern Christian politicians.

“The reality of their zoning arrangement is that the north east region is already out of the equation for any other posts because it has the vice presidency while the north central too is out because they have the party’s national chairmanship.

“The other key positions, the senate president, speaker, secretary to the government of the federation and chief of staff to the president, have been zoned to the north west, south-south, southeast and southwest regions, respectively.

“Besides, we all know that there is and will be no ranking Christian senator or house of representatives member from the north west that could occupy the seats of senate president, speaker or even their deputies.

“In any case, it is an open secret that they never allow Christians to occupy such positions in the northwest zone even if there is a qualified Christian,” he said.

Lawal said northern Nigeria Christians would remain steadfast in their stand for justice, equity and fair play in the 2023 political dispensation in the overall interest of the nation.

The statement:

“Quite a number of Nigerians have reached out to Rt Hon (Yakubu) Dogara and I and to some of the leaders in our Eminent Group Of Northern Christian Politicians to sheath our swords and instead go for negotiations with the APC.

“I now want to respond to this. We have so far not taken the road to reconciliation because, in the first instance, neither the APC as a party nor its presidential candidate has bothered to seek us out for reconciliation even though early on, our doors were left open for such.

“We only get to learn of their views through vile propaganda in the media courtesy of their rabid attack hogs whom they have procured in abundance.

“There are of course some “Christian” turncoats and “Judases” who, driven either by moral turpitude, poverty or greed, have hired themselves out as agents and spoilers of this noble Christian course.

“To this group, I wish to recommend the study of the biographies of Judas Iscariot and Ahithophel in the Bible. Be careful to note how their lives ended.

“It seems that Bola/Shettima’s preferred approach is to attempt to counter our position through insults and sponsored fake Christian organisations in order to create the impression that there is a division within the Christendom on this matter.

“Needless to say, this tactic has failed woefully. They are now the butt of jokes in church gatherings all over the country. Unknown to them Church history emphatically records that Christians are more united in terms of adversity and persecution as now being propelled by this Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC.

“This approach has also portrayed the duo as arrogant and pitiable people while also exposing them to the public as people with unimaginable deficiencies of noble character.

“The reality is that for each minute that this same-faith ticket duo have spent on their Goebellsian propaganda, they have ended up spending several hours more trying to rebut the controversies that they themselves create in the process.

“Everyone, including some notable Christian haters are now inviting false “Bishops” and “CAN” Leaders to meetings. They are busy fabricating overnight “Christian” organizations that churn out falsehoods to the public.

“It is such a pity that people who intend to lead our country could descend to such low levels of morality and deficiency of conscience.

“But belying this posture is the reality of their true intentions not to have any roles for northern Christians in their government.

“The unarguable fact is that they intend to offer nothing of significance to any northern Christian in an APC government anticipated to be led by Bola and Kashim.

“The reality of their zoning arrangement is that the north east region is already out of the equation for any other posts because it has the vice presidency while the north central too is out because they have the party’s national chairmanship.

“The other key positions, the senate president, speaker, secretary to the government of the federation and chief of staff to the president, have been zoned to the north west, south-south, southeast and southwest regions, respectively.

“Besides, we all know that there is and will be no ranking Christian senator or house of representatives member from the north west that could occupy the seats of senate president, speaker or even their deputies.

“In any case, it is an open secret that they never allow Christians to occupy such positions in the northwest zone even if there is a qualified Christian.

“Who then do they think they are fooling with this their “there are other positions in government that could go to the northern Christians” mantra?

“If Kashim Shettima worked determinedly with Bola Tinubu’s acquiescence to deny the northern Christians the deputy national chairman (north) position during the party’s national convention, what magic will then compel them to give a northern Christian any significant posts in their government?

“Let us make no mistake; these guys will persecute us to no end. They are very well practiced in this.

“My dear Christians, it has been clear to us from the onset that APC, Bola and Kashim never had the intention or plan that offers the northern Christians any sense of inclusion through any tangible roles in their government.

“Those with major political influence on them are mostly religious bigots of the hegemonist flavor and some self-centered sycophants of the evil kind.

“So instead of reconciliation which would involve offering some important positions to northern Christians, they have decided to go for broke and ignore the interests of Christians of the north.”

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