Former House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, has called on Christians to resist the temptation not to waste their votes in the 2023 general elections.
According to him, “Every Christian knows that our God does not tolerate waste. It is un-Christian for the church to waste anything given to us from above as we own nothing except what is given to us from above.”
Dogara spoke in a statement by his media aide Turaki Hassan Adamu which was distributed to newsmen in Bauchi today Tuesday.
The former speaker spoke in Abuja at a summit tagged “Meet the Church” organised by the Nigerian National Christians Coalition (NNCC) with the theme; “The role of the Church in Nation Building”.
He said adoption of people of same faith as presidential and vice presidential candidates by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is antithetical to Nigeria’s quest for nation building, .
Dogara commended the church in today’s Nigeria for “shaking off the beast of complacency of the past into fire by speaking up and resisting measures adopted by some political platforms that will hamper nation building.”
He argued that the APC ignored warnings by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Catholic Secretariate, ECWA church and many other church bodies and adopted the same faith ticket in a manner that negated the fundamentals of nation building, such as shared identity, values and vision.
“The APC adopted a same faith ticket in a country that has never attained nationhood,” he said.
“These warnings were not only ignored but dismissed in one fell swoop by the APC presidential candidate who strangely believes that he can build a strong, secure and viable nation-state without first forging a shared identity, vision and values for our people thereby enabling us transit from citizens of a country into a nation of people with strong shared identity and values.
“In their convoluted posturing, they have placed state-building ahead of nation building; a task never before achieved in history and we need no seer to tell us that such endeavor is guaranteed to end in spectacular failure. No divided people have ever built any civilization.
“To demonstrate that the church is right, it is not alone in condemning the same faith ticket. Other prominent Islamic clerics and Muslim leaders have also spoken in the same light. It is a good omen that both Christian and Muslim elites are not complacent over this matter.
“To this end it will be easy to generate the needed elite consensus that is key to nation building. All nations are built by elite consensus while all countries that failed at nation building were destroyed by elite complacency.
“Granted that the Christians and Muslims will always disagree on some issues, there are, however, many things over which we are agreeable. It is enough to forge ahead with the task of nation building based on those common issues we agree on.
“It must be noted that just as Muslims alone cannot build a nation out of Nigeria so also Christians alone cannot. We have to work together on nation formations”.