THE Ogun Baptist Conference, yesterday, rejected the adoption of a Muslim-Muslim ticket by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, describing it as a display of gross insensitivity to the complexity of Nigeria and the entire Church.
President of the Ogun Baptist Conference, Rev ‘Wale Oyeniyi, said this at a press conference to usher in the 45th Edition of Conference in Session to be held at First Baptist Church, ‘Laditan, Oja-Odan and hosted by Irepodun Oke-Yewa Baptist Association from 6th to 10th of August, 2022.
The conference, theme, ‘Christian Lifestyle: Attitude of Gratitude, will have over 500 Churches within Ogun State in 26 Baptist Associations in attendance.
Oyeniyi, while urging Christians in Nigeria not to vote for any religious – biased party, reminded them of the subtle political movement in Turkey and some Asian countries that subtly and successfully turned them into Muslim states today.
His words: “Those pushing for the Muslim-Muslim ticket don’t mean well for the country and the citizens. Those who say religion doesn’t matter are not saying the truth. In our current state in this country, religion matters so much because the last few years have witnessed heavy attacks on people of a particular religion. They include mass killings, kidnapping of clerics and other forms of attack. Religion matters a lot now.
“I make bold to submit that there are competent hands in the Christian fold who can be entrusted with top political posts and who will make a whole lot of difference in governance with an attendant positive impact on the lives of the citizens of this country.
“Nigeria is in a hyper state of polarization. The country boils with inter-ethnic distrust and inter-religious discord. Consequently, the populace irrespective of location or region has been on edge for some time, their living space being devastated by unchecked terrorist acts by extremist Islamist groups and run-away violence by herdsmen. The overt nepotism of the number one citizen of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari, has exacerbated feelings of sectional injustice and marginalization.