2023: Storm over RCCG political body as CAN challenges MURIC – Nexus News
Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Youth Wing, Saturday, challenged Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, for imploring political parties not to give their 2023 presidential tickets to members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, after the church created the Directorate of Politics.
National Chairman of CAN Youth Wing, Belusochukwu Enwere, who spoke in Owerri, debated that MURIC’s words were an insult to Christians and an abuse of the freedom of the people.
The Chairman of MURIC in Bauchi State, Idrees Safiyanu Gambo, had, in a press release, Friday, informed political parties to pick their presidential candidates from the RCCG and “kiss Aso Rock goodbye”.
While one of the RCCG members, Dele Momodu, is aspiring to obtain the PDP ticket to contest in the 2023 presidential race, VP Yemi Osinbajo, a pastor in the church, is under pressure to run on the platform of APC.
“Since the RCCG has the effrontery to launch a national political structure, the rest of us have no option than to challenge this existential threat. We must work towards our survival before the RCCG tsunami threat sweeps Islam and other Christian denominations out of existence”, Gambo had said.
“It is very clear that the plan of our Redeemer friends is to eliminate other religions or turn their faithfuls into political slaves.
“The ugly experience of our Muslim brothers in Yorubaland where they are persecuted politically and marginalized economically despite their superior numerical strength is enough for us to know what is likely to happen if members of the RCCG take over the reins of power either in Aso Rock or in any state in the manner they are going about it at the moment. We in the North have been watching this ugly development with keen interest.
“In fact, it is unimaginable to expect the emergence of RCCG candidates as winners in Northern States and we will ensure that this does not happen now or any time in the future.
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We are aware of the ‘winner-takes-all’ mentality of the RCCG but Northern Muslims will never expose their land to such obnoxious cultural invasion, as what we want is a nation where everyone is treated equally.
“The RCCG declaration of a directorate of political affairs was met with great annoyance by us in the North and it has destroyed any goodwill Christian politicians enjoy here in the North. It is so bad that any Muslim who queues behind a redeemer is now considered a traitor to the cause of Islam and this is not what we want at this critical point in our nation”.
In a riposte yesterday, Enwere said: “This singular statement of MURIC shows the low level of the said group and how blind they are in the 21st century. For MURIC to say they are challenging RCCG for having the effrontery to launch a political and good governance wing is an insult to our fathers and the entire Christians in Nigeria, especially we the young people”.
“MURIC calling another faith-based group that will queue behind any candidate from RCCG a traitor is an abuse of office and their freedom of association as stipulated in the Nigerian constitution, and their warning to Islamic organizations and Muslim communities against supporting RCCG is indirectly telling them not to support a Christian candidate in 2023.
“It’s the turn of Christians to produce the next president of the country in 2023. We call on them to join hands with us to preach for peace, oneness and help make Nigeria a better place where both Christians and Muslims will be seen as one and have equal rights in all ramifications.”
RCCG had a few weeks ago established the Directorate for Politics and Governance across the country, noting that it was to canvass support for members aspiring to occupy political offices.