The coming Presidential election in Nigeria could be putting the nation on the red alert following religious sentiments being whipped up by some notable political leaders.
It has been revealed that political campaigners for the forth-coming presidential elections are towing both tribal and religious routes to achieve their goal of influencing the action of voters, thereby employing both tribal and religion links.
In a recent report, Vice President Arc Namadi Sambo attributed the poor performance recorded by the People’s Democratic Party in Kaduna State during last Saturday’s National Assembly elections to a religious conspiracy by some northerners against the presidential ambitions of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
The vice president who spoke through his senior special assistant on media, Umar Sani, affirmed that the defeat was not targeted at him but at the PDP.
He said that those who voted against the PDP in the state were mostly Muslims who saw the coming presidential election as a religious and tribal contest between Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, and Muhammadu Buhari who is a Muslim.
According to him, “Some people have been going around the North warning that any Muslim that votes for PDP or any other party outside CPC (Congress for Progressive Change) is not a genuine Muslim and will be punished for that.
“They have already made up their minds to vote for CPC because of Buhari without minding the calibre of candidates they voted on Saturday”, the Vice President spokesman said.
The move however has been described as a desperate move which may work against CPC both in the Southern and Northern parts of the country as the entire nation may view the presidential election as a tribal and religious matter rather than considerations for the quality and vibrancy of the candidates contesting.
A respondents claimed on Wednesday: “ The move has exposed Congress for Progressive Change as an hypocritical party who wants to ride on the back of Pastor Bakare to achieve its end “.
The respondent querried the rationale behind the CPC making Pastor Tunde Bakare its Vice Presidential candidates knowing fully well that he was not wanted as a staunch Christian concluding that the pastor might have been fooled in the CPC political agreement with the leaders of the party knowing fully that Bakare is being used to achieve election victory, especially soliciting for votes from both north and south Christians.
The source said: ” Now the handwriting is on the wall to prove to the world that Buhari and his party are hypocrites who cavorted Bakare only for the purpose of vote winning” adding that if President Goodluck Jonathan is being blackmailed on religious ground, what moral justification has CPC got to pick Bakare as presidential running mate”
Our source further summed up that Buhari knew what he was doing knowing fully that Bakare would be doomed after the election, especially if CPC won”
“The intention for picking on Bakare is undoubtedly to use the pastor for Buhari’s desperate purpose”, a political analyst further concluded”, adding there is likehood that the pastor would only be dumped on flimsy excuses or be made administratively redundant as had been seen in the past.
Our source made references to President Goodluck Jonathan while serving under the Yar’ Adua regime only as a figure head completely sidelined, and know nothing about the state of the nation’s affairs as the former leader travelled for medical treatment.
” The president was bitterly complaining as the nation’s affairs were handed over to four ex leader to run while Jonathan was made redundant and ineffective.
In a national message in 2006, Pastor Bakare spoke to the nation about Buhari ‘s stake in today’s Nigeria
“Neither Buhari nor IBB nor Obasanjo nor Atiku will be part of the new Nigeria. They are part of the old that has decayed and is still decaying. The new is coming forth. It is the counsel of the Lord that shall stand in this nation. Until the sons of turmoil destroy themselves, this nation will not know peace”, claims Pastor Bakare, who was addressing a large congregation of Worshippers in his Church.
“This is really shocking; an indication that Buhari knew what he was doing by using Bakare as a stepping stone in to the presidency”, our respondent added.
Continued Pastor Bakare: “The same people who balanced the equation that if Abacha is dead, M. K. O. Abiola must follow suit are still around. Whoever tells you M. K. O. died a natural death has lied.
They contrived his cold murder.
When Abacha died, Abiola was still in prison and IBB for the first time since he left power for his fortress in Minna came to Abeokuta to see the current president. He came to greet him and came to offer him the package of the elders of the north and at the same time, to present it (offer to be president in 1999) to the then General Obasanjo.
Bakare said, “Let me tell you the truth by the spirit of God, neither (President Olusegun Obasanjo), OBJ, Atiku (Abubakar), IBB and this tall one, (Muhammadu) Buhari are part of the new. They are part of the old that is decaying. That old one is passing away. The new is emerging and these ones are not part of that new.”
The so called divine revelation however has been contradicted Pastor Bakare’s acceptance as Buhari’s running mate under CPC.
Many who emailed EMNnews after reading Bakare’s address have pegged their reservation, holding the view now that all may not be well with his romance and cavorting of Buhari and CPC.
With the presidential election coming up on Saturday, may be Pastor Bakare knows what many Nigerians do not know, or maybe the pastor is helping to rewrite Buharis destiny, having exorcised from him his past decay, may be.