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 Stop Playing Politics With Terrorism, Osinbajo Charges Nigerians

Posted: Sep 27, 2015 at 7:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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By Chesa Chesa, Abuja

Vice-Presidnt Yemi Osinbajo has enjoined Christians to spread the love and gospel of Jesus Christ as the saving grace to the problems of the country and the world today.

Osinbajo spoke on Sunday during Nigeria’s 55th Independence Anniversary Interdenominational Church Service at the National Christian Centre in Abuja.

The Vice President, accompanied by wife, Dolapo, admonished Nigerians to stop playing politics with terrorism as such tragedies do not discriminate according to tribe or religion.

Noting that ?Nigeria is divided along religious and tribal lines, Osinbajo pointed out that a kingdom or city divided against itself will remain desolate and cannot stand.

We must speak on unity of the nation in addition to unity of body of Christ, he said while recalling that among terror victims he saw across the country, there were Christians, Muslims and those of no faiths, but only united by poverty.

The Vice President said that “our country’s major problem is the fact that at the end of the day, we play politics with anything. ?We play politics with religion, with tribe but the fate of the vast majority of our people, the 110 million extremely poor people is not the concern of anyone.”

He observed that ?bombs of terrorists don’t discriminate according to religion or tribe.

Osinbajo therefore enjoined Nigerians and religious leaders not to address or simplify terrorism in Nigeria in the context of Christian or Muslim ?disagreement.

He further charged Nigerians, particularly Christians not to create more divisions but to bind the wounds that separate humanity.

“No matter what we face today, the answer lies in the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Share that love with others today and always,” he said.

Delivered the sermon on the occasion, Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan, Dr. Joseph Bagobori, harped on the need to make Nigeria work as one family with religious tolerance in play.

Bishop Bagobori pointed out that despite many threats to national unity and predictions of collapse and disintegration, God has kept the country as one?, a good reason for Nigerians to recommit themselves to the continuous growth and survival of the nation.

Nigeria is more than any one religion, resources, political parties or interests in any part of the country, and its unity is bigger than any other, Bagobiri counseled.

“Let us think Nigeria, love Nigeria and see ourselves as Nigerians?”, even as he stressed that “take Nigeria away and we shall not be able to do some of the fine things we do today.”.

Bagobiri declared that despite ?10,000 pages of 600 resolutions reached by delegates at the National Conference, “yet we hear of an invisible government running this country.”

He lamented that those charged with millions of Naira to secure the nation have ?allowed insecurity to thrive in the country.

He wished that President Buhari criticised these killings by religious sects in the past, as he only did so after he became president of the country.

Nonetheless, he assured Nigerian Christians not to slumber as the night is almost over and time to stay awake to define a clear path for the Church.

“We are equal stakeholders; we should have a plan for Nigeria,” he stated, pointing out that Christians must not advance the cause of Christ with violence but should reserve the right to defend themselves.

The cleric stressed that Christians hold the key to peace in Nigeria because if they continue to revenge every wrong done them, the country would still be boiling by now.

Referring to cases of institutionalised discrimination, he lamented that heads of the Supreme Court come from one section of the country, and enjoined the Buhari administration to entrench justice, fairness and equity.

Bishop Bagobiri also warned that any attempt by the government to fight corruption just for the sake of it by using state ?powers for vendetta would be decoded by Nigerians and it would not augur well for the nation.

He further charged Buhari to implement the report of the last National Conference?, because anyone who throws the report away would be throwing Nigeria away.

Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, took the Second Reading from the book of Corinthians.

Other dignitaries at the service included the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; former Head of State, Ernest Shonekan; Senator Philip Aduda, and APC chairman,? John Odigie-Oyegun; service chiefs, their representatives, ?and members of the diplomatic corps.