As fraudulent as organised faith is, it’s clearly the bane of Nigeria’s journey to growth. Fairly than positively affecting the struggling nation, it’s one issue that has ensured that it has stored Nigeria stunted in each aspect of growth.
Since Nigeria turned self-ruing, the nation has remained a slave to organised faith. Armed with this data, doubtful politicians have mastered the depraved act of manipulating and weaponising the feelings accruing from it to safe the sympathy of the folks at each election cycle.
As a result of emotive conditioning of Nigerians, they’ve remained pawns within the fingers of those harmful politicians. In lively connivance with bigoted, short-sighted non secular leaders, these politicians have continued to produce abject poverty and poor residing requirements to the folks whereas hiding their failures behind their non secular creed.
Many Nigerians have failed to understand that permitting organised faith to becloud their sense of essential pondering is the rationale the nation has did not develop regardless of the considerable assets it’s endowed with. Fairly than demand accountability from their elected leaders, they’ve been manipulated to consider that God is aware of their issues and solely him can remedy them.
One of many deadliest lively politicians in Nigeria who’ve grown notoriety for taking part in politics of faith is the outgone Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai. He has change into so rooted in non secular politics a lot that, not like his liberal colleagues, he’s now a continual bigot.
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The previous governor was within the information once more for the improper causes a fortnight in the past when he was captured in a tape telling a gaggle of Islamic leaders how the Islamic dominance in Kaduna which in accordance with him had come to remain was going to be efficiently replicated on the federal stage.
To indicate how deeply bigoted he was and the insincerity of the agenda he wished to drive, El-Rufai spoke in Hausa Language simply so his message deeply resonates along with his audience. These versed within the language have translated it to say that El-Rufai sniggered that Bola Tinubu’s emergence as President has silenced the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria, CAN, which is the umbrella physique of Christians within the nation. El-Rufai didn’t cease there, He went on to vow that he would guarantee an uninterrupted Islam-dominated authorities in Kaduna and Nigeria for the following 20 years and even past.
By El-Rufai’s requirements, the one approach to preserve peace in a deeply divided Nigeria was by means of a well-orchestrated Islamic dominance. In his small thoughts, the one approach to settle the non secular polarisation in Kaduna that has induced the dying of hundreds was to stuff the mouth of the ‘noisy’ CAN with Muslim-Muslim political lactogen.
For these oblivious of El-Rufai’s antecedents, his feedback got here off as deeply stunning. It was anticipated that since El-Rufai and his colleague-politicians had succeeded in guaranteeing that Kaduna State and Nigeria have been now extremely risky and religiously-charged, such bigoted feedback shouldn’t have come from a former governor in his late sixties who is meant to be a bridge builder and elder statesman. Nonetheless, those that know the diminutive Islamic fundamentalist know that there’s nothing actually stunning about his actions.
It’s typically anticipated that in life, the place one has attained performs no small function in mellowing the activism in her or him. Nonetheless, within the case of El-Rufai, the reverse is the case. His ill-contrived Islamic activism, ethno-religious bigotry, and unhindered chauvinism look like ageing with him. He managed to carve an unsightly identification for himself as a person that courts controversy and revels in it, even at the price of public good. He’s by no means uninterested in enjoying silly video games with problems with nationwide significance, even on the expense of individuals’s lives. To him, every part is politics, and politics is every part.
El-Rufai’s bigotry just isn’t new. As a sitting Governor, he flagrantly disregarded the complicated non secular and cultural sensitivities of Kaduna when he went towards all odds to nominate a fellow Muslim, Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, as his operating mate, manipulated himself to energy and carried on as if it didn’t matter. He even inspired his successor and protégé, Senator Uba Sani, to observe the odious step, and simply as he claimed, that was his everlasting answer.
The issue with El-Rufai is that he doesn’t know his limits or possibly doesn’t care about them. Within the build-up to the 2019 presidential elections, he brazenly threatened worldwide election observers who have been coming to observe the rigging of the All Progressives Congress, APC was planning to unleash. El-Rufai shamelessly went on on nationwide tv to threaten that these observers will return in physique luggage if they don’t behave themselves. What a person! El-Rufai speaks with out tact and infrequently describes himself as blunt. El-Rufai is just a delusional nuisance with hidden psychotic points.
Throughout his screening for ministerial appointment in 2003 beneath the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidency, El-Rufai got here out to announce that he was requested to supply bribes by senators to be confirmed as minister when this similar unstable character was pressed to offer proof to again up his claims, he chickened out just like the coward that he’s claiming that Allah was his witness.
His chameleonic character is unmatched. The identical man that went to Lagos to show members of the APC within the state methods to destroy godfathers in an obvious dig at Tinubu is similar El-Rufai that gathered jobless clerics to thank them for serving to the identical Tinubu to control their followers to win. El-Rufai’s antecedents clearly present that every one that issues to him is his curiosity at any level, and he can do something to realize it.
It’s obvious that El-Rufai is presently courting Tinubu’s consideration, and he’s keen to do something to have it. Nonetheless, he have to be reminded that whereas pursuing his private pursuits on the expense of individuals’s lives, there ought to be pink traces that one should not cross. He have to be reminded that he can’t be allowed to create the bubble and transfer on, as he has all the time achieved just because he’s the poster boy of the Fulani Oligarchy in Nigeria. He ought to and have to be stopped from his antics earlier than they inflict huge hurt on Kaduna State and the nation at massive.
El-Rufai have to be duly prosecuted for his extremely flammable feedback to ship a robust message to different politicians and non secular leaders each on the Christian and Muslim sides who think about themselves untouchables. Extremists’ views and careless feedback similar to these are ones which can be able to pushing a rustic to the precipice and setting it on the sting.
Latest studies by the folks of Southern Kaduna, beneath the aegis of Atyap Group Growth Affiliation (ACDA), point out that beneath El-Rufai’s watch, 518 folks have been killed, 20 villages ransacked, 18 burnt down, and hundreds of victims rendered refugees throughout many communities from 2017 until date, over the persistent assaults and killings in Atyapland in Zangon Kataff Native Authorities Space of Kaduna State. The determine speaks volumes of what lies forward if he’s allowed to forge on along with his Islamisation agenda throughout the nation.
In conclusion, it’s excessive time all women and men of fine conscience rose to the event and proffer lasting options to the lingering challenges going through all the nation that are, little doubt, rooted in ethnic and non secular chauvinism. Individuals like El-Rufai don’t have any place in management in a good society.