Kaduna has been a state which though I’ve never been to, but I feel a kindred spirit with. This is probably because some of the ministries/ministers that I respect are based in Kaduna viz: Joshua Selman, Chris Delvan Gwamna, and Afam Eruchalu, and many more. In fact, I have one of my Christian brothers based there who I always contact in the face of any crisis in Kaduna to ensure he and his family were alright.
Kaduna is not a Muslim state, neither is it a Christian state. It is composed of both Muslims and Christians, and the politics of Kaduna had tended to reflect this reality. Every time a ticket is begin forged between any political parties, it usually reflected a Muslim Governor with his Christian Deputy, and vice versa. This helps to give each bloc a sense of belonging, and to ensure that the interest of each blocs are not in any way neglected, or put out of view.
Hence, when I heard about El-Rufai’s Muslim-Muslim ticket, I felt agitated about it, because I understood the implication of this wicked move. If El-Rufai succeeds in winning the governorship ticket with this unholy alliance, he had succeeded in communicating to the christian bloc that they do not matter in the affairs of the state, and policies can be crafted against them with no reservations whatsoever. For the first time in my life, I prayed for a man to lose his elections, because I feared what his government will mean for my Christian brethren.
However, the elections had been successfully concluded, and El-Rufai has won with his Muslim-Muslim ticket. Whether the election results were manipulated or not, the truth remains that he has won, and has now 4 more years to pursue reprehensible policies against the Christian community with no serious minded persons to act as his conscience. I spoke recently with one of my brothers who took time to explain to me the politics of Kaduna, and how the elections were manipulated to ensure that two-third majority of the House of Assembly went to Muslims. Hence, unless that courts reverses the elections, decisions can be taken in Kaduna House of Assembly with no regards to the opinions of the Christians therein (P/S: this claim is controvertible).
As I meditated on what happened in Kaduna, it dawned on me that Kaduna is a microcosm of the Nigerian state, and if El-Rufai could win this election with a Muslim-Muslim ticket, then a time is coming when the Nigerian president and vice-president will be Muslims, and nothing will happen.
I’m still trying to balance all these in the light of scriptures in order not to overreact, and I’m working on an article where I will try to speak clearly on how our reaction and attitude should be in the face of these next four years.
However, I will say just a few things:
1. I encourage every one to follow carefully the policies and activities that goes on in Kaduna in this second tenure of Gov. El-Rufai, and we may have a duty to speak out and condemn and reject any policies aimed at gagging the Gospel of Christ Jesus and rubbishing the Christian community in Kaduna.
2. One fundamental difference between Christianity and Islam is that Islam lends itself to the politics of Nations, and desires by hook or crook to take over a nation’s politics and leadership, and propagate it worldview. However, Christianity is not so. Regardless of who sits in office, Christianity continues to strive and flourish even in the face of persecution. We do not expect that we will win political office, and use it to compel men to become believers in Christ Jesus. That is not acceptable to our Lord.
3. Hence, our greatest force as Christians is spiritual. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. Hence, that God allowed El-Rufai to continue in that office does not mean that God’s cause has lost. The Almighty is in charge, and he is the Governor amongst the nations. Hence, all we must do is to keep praying, and preaching the Gospel of Jesus without shame (and living the life too). In the end, it still remains true that wherever the die turns, we win. For our God is the only one who sits on the throne, and our Lord Jesus Christ is victorious.
God bless the Government and People of Kaduna,
In hope of Eternal Life,
J. M. Obodozie.