*ask FG to rid the country of self acclaimed religious fundamentalists
By; AYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Ibadan Varsity Christian Union Alumni Association (IVCUAF) on Saturday charged Christian leaders in Nigeria to step out into the arena of politics and public governance .
Addressing a press conference at the Chapel of Resurrection, University of Ibadan on Saturday in Ibadan at the end of the IVCUAF 2020 Reunion with the theme “The Balanced Christian, International President of the association, Dr Tunde Emmanuel Ajala stated that the time is now for Christian leaders in and across the country to show more interest in the Nigeria politics and public governance.
“It is critically important for all Christian leaders all over Nigeria to understand that ‘the Great Commission’, more importantly at this auspicious juncture of Nigeria’s national history, entails the mandate for Christians to step out, with the support of the Church, into the arena of politics and public governance. Who is more qualified than well-trained and fully-supported Christians to take the reins of power, nationally and locally, and therewith reform public life with divine righteousness and competencies”, he said.
Stressing that “it is an aberation for Christian leaders to run away from politics and from leadership”, Dr Ajala maintained that “to counter obvious threats to Nigeria’s priceless national unity and integrity, Christians Leaders with ‘demographic’ authority must immediately receive divine wisdom to rightly vector their authority, after duly seeking and obtaining divine guidance, into organizing democratic access for heaven anointed believers into public power via the wise route of meaningful registered political parties. It is better late and determined, than never. “.
“Christian leaders must understand that the commitment to obey the political aspect of the Great Commission, is a long-term commitment which must be engaged with calculated godly caution using our best and brightest resources to lay out the engagement plan replete with Contingency and Redundancy Clauses; in full remembrance of the word of Christ to be “as gentle as doves, but as wise as serpents.
Speaking further, IVCUAF taskedthe Federal Government to rid Nigeria of self acclaimed religious fundamentalist groups and as well listen to the calls by Nigerians for the restructuring of the country for greater and better political, social and economic efficiency, growth and development.
The association stated in the communique that Nigerian government should ” be more sincere with its constitutional duty and rid the country of fundamentalist groups such as the Boko Haram, Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) Fulani militia herdsmen among others.
“The Nigerian Government has, and must commit more sincerely to, the Constitutional duty to rid the nation of self-acclaimed religious fundamentalist groups such as Boko Haram, Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA), Fulani Militia Herdsmen, etc., that are freely roaming the Nigerian geographic territory with impunity and godless abandonment; visiting their venomous ire and brand of jungle justice on peoples of faith, decency and modernity.”
The association stressed “the Nigerian Government need to pay more earnest heed, now, to the cry of millions of Nigerians for the Restructuring of the country for greater and better political, social and economic efficiency, growth and development.”
While stating that the several challenges facing the Federal Republic of Nigeria today, in terms of National Security, Tribalism, Nepotism, Structural Inefficiency, Civil Unrest and Political Disunity are not solely ascribable to the incumbent government of Nigeria but, rather are the making of successive governments from Independence in 1960 till date,” IVCUAF noted that “a critical and strategic takeoff point for the Government of Nigeria, at the Federal, then the State and Local Government levels, to begin to address the nation’s plethora of security, social, political and economic problems, is to recommit to the defense of the Constitutional rights of all Nigerians to freedom of religious worship and association”.