We play politics with everything – Osinbajo
Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan, Bishop Joseph Bagobiri yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to thread cautiously on the ongoing battle against corruption.
The cleric also challenged all religious leaders in the country to condemn all forms of religious violence which seem to be tearing the country apart.
Bishop Bagobiri stated this when he delivered a sermon at the 55th independence anniversary interdenominational church service on the theme, ‘making Nigeria function as a family: panacea to healthy national integration’ which held in Abuja.
Delivering the homily , Bishop Bagobiri said the scriptures read from the books of II Chronicles 7:1-14 and I Corinthians 12:12-30 during the service were all pointed to the image of Nigeria as a family.
He explained that despite the country’s diversity which creates the perceived divide, Nigeria has been able to survive with several predictions of her disintegration.
According to him, “we need Nigeria first before the other contending things that citizens continue to fight for. Take Nigeria away and we will not do the fighting we are doing today”.
Bishop Bagobiri noted this year’s celebration of independence offers the country the opportunity to call to God and thank him for his mercy, intervention and favour as remaining as one indivisible nation.
“We have since our amalgamation in 1914, all through our independence as a sovereign state not been successful in harnessing our plurality, diversity into a rainbow of peace and sustainable development because, instead of allowing ourselves to be guided, to be propelled by national interest, we are bedevilled by the blind pursuit of self centred and parochial interest that often toe the lines of ethnic and religious and politically partisan considerations.”
“What we should struggle and make sacrosanct is the survival of our nation which is bigger than everything.” We need Nigeria first before the other contending needs that we are fighting for, relating this to Prophet Jeremiah in the Bible. That this is the only way to promote national cohesion.
He urged the Federal Government not to abandon he report of the just concluded National Conference which he noted would remain useful in resolving some of the major problems of the country.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in his remark at the event admitted that Nigeria has been long sharply divided along tribal and religious lines.
“Our nation is sharply divided and has been divided for long. Our nation is divided along religious divide, is divided along tribal lines but the word of God says in Mathew 12: 35 that a kingdom divided against itself shall be left dissolute, it also says a city that is divided within itself can not stand. It does not matter whether that is a nation or a city”
“The moment we are divided among ourselves, we can not stand” he added.
He said Muslim and Christian leaders must understand that the current insecurity can not be tackled if division among citizens is allowed to continue.
The Vice President noted that “We should not create further division, true freedom lies in recognising the reason why Jesus came to save mankind.”