2023 and the curse of the ghost bishops – The Sun Nigeria
By Mefor Law
Democracy is about choices and freedoms. In a pluralistic nation like Nigeria, democracy is also about inclusiveness, social justice and equity. The final consideration was the principle of rotation and zoning in this exemption. The need for stability and unity has become a major issue in maintaining the ongoing democratic dispensation in a nation more sharply divided than ever.
In other words, individual ambitions and legitimate aspirations must be weighed carefully alongside these national feelings. But the emergence of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the presidential standard-bearer of the APC (All Progressives Congress) and its consequences have generated controversy, which does not bode well for democracy. Desperation is also fueling speculation that there is more to it than meets the eye.
First, Tinubu told the party that the APC presidential ticket was his, saying it was his turn to be president of Nigeria after incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, as if there is no didn’t need a party primaries and presidential election in 2023. He was able to bulldoze his way through and thus became the APC’s presidential candidate, whether party members liked it or not. Will he also bulldoze his way to Aso Rock, whether Nigerians like it or not?
Tinubu’s controversies and desperation only multiply. Tinubu pushed himself against a major headwind by appointing a fellow Muslim, Kashim Shettima, as his running mate at a time when religion has become so emotionally charged in Nigeria. Despite the public outcry, Tinubu stuck to his guns and announced Shettima, a man equally familiar with controversies, as the running mate, in another take-it-or-leave-it move. This time, the whole country’s bluff was what Tinubu called it, especially that of the Christian community.
The Muslim-Muslim ticket shouldn’t be a big deal. But the desperation to push the same faith ticket down the throats of Nigerians or make it palatable makes it a serious cause for concern. APC/Tinubu’s desperation reached a dizzying height when fake bishops showed up at Shettima’s presentation as running mate. Many may not see the grave consequence of hiring men who may not even be Christians to represent the Christian faith at the unveiling. In Islam, these imposters would be treated as blasphemers and eventually killed. But because Christianity is a religion of “turning the other cheek,” the affront has been minimized.
For those who don’t know, in Christianity, as exemplified by Catholicism, the office of bishop is the pinnacle of church leadership. Even the pope is the bishop of Rome. So to impersonate such a level of church leadership is an assault and a desecration of the church.
The argument by some APC members that anyone could have attended the event, in their weakened attempt to steer the party away from the fiasco, was countered by the tribute paid to the so-called 30 bishops who attended nothing less than running APC. mate himself. Shettima even knew the exact number of so-called men of God (bishops). It would take a sorcerer or a magician to know the exact number of the so-called bishops, if the person was not aware of their invitation and their presence. In other words, the APC and its nominee and running mate have been made aware of the invitation of the sleazy cartoon characters who, to date, have yet to reveal their identities or speak to the press or public. . And the question is: why?
For starters, whoever handled the invite made a mess of it. The organizer was so stupid. Bishops in Nigeria do not belong to the same denomination and cannot attend a ceremony together. The bishops are always elegant and impeccable, not disheveled like those strange characters some of whom did not know how to wear the habit. Perhaps most embarrassing was wearing the chasuble, the last garment the priest puts on when celebrating Mass, to such a public function. A simple diligence could have saved the nation from heartbreaking embarrassment. But then it could also be seen as the will of God, to expose the fraud perpetrated in his name.
This despicable desperation is unnecessary and could be an indicator of something more sinister. Tinubu said skill (which he said Shettima embodied without showing how) was more important to him than Christianity in Nigeria. Why then is he desperately trying to prove that he has obtained Christian approval?
In doing so, he inadvertently shows that he is in serious need of Christian votes and approval. If he has come to this realization, he must approach it with courage and sincerity, and not by subterfuge or clandestinely.
Tinubu and Shettima should be told that leadership without integrity cannot serve the common good and therefore poses an existential threat.
They should also be told that, for political matters, Christians in Nigeria organize themselves in the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and that the CAN is made up of five blocks representing all Christian denominations in Nigeria. For the record, the five blocks are the Christian Council of Nigeria, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria/Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Organization of African Instituted Churches and TEKAN/ECWA Fellowship.
CAN also has women’s and youth sections, a national executive council of 110 members (which elects the president) and a general assembly of 304 members (which ratifies the election of the president).
So where did APC, Tinubu and Shettima find the charlatans they dressed as bishops? Those looking for church leaders or bishops of churches in Nigeria should know where to look and not in car parks. The so-called bishops who emerged from the blues to represent Christians in Nigeria are therefore not a good development. This suggests that a person who forges it is capable of doing the unimaginable to achieve power.
Power is not meant to be a do-or-die affair. Power is given by God through the people. After bringing Christianity into disrepute in Nigeria, Tinubu and Shettima should leave Christians alone. Pretending and aping Christians and Christianity is unacceptable. And that opened Pandora’s box. Pandora’s box never contains anything good. It is a source of unexpected great troubles, which release physical and emotional curses on people.
For the Christians of Nigeria, therefore, the false bishops were only waving a red flag. It is nothing but a curse and a bad omen.
•Dr. Mefor writes via [email protected]