A group, Christian Social Movement of Nigeria, CSMN, with a former key 2014 National Conference member, Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, as Executive Secretary, has called for a serious-minded Christian President to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Insisting that a Christian President is non-negotiable in 2023, CSMN added that electing a Christian to pilot the affairs of Nigeria in these hard times will restore balance and moderation to the country, after the flagrant display of politics of religion seen in the past five years.
According to the group in a statement signed and made available to the media by Esanerovo Agbodo, the Christian faith preaches love for all; and as such would heal the wounds of the past.
Reflecting on President Buhari’s inability to unite Nigerians due to sentiments, nepotism and tribalism, the group called on Nigerian leaders in the future to learn lessons from the hardship Nigerians are suffering today because of round pegs in square holes.
The group insisted that Nigeria belongs to all citizens, whether Muslim, Christian, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo or any other religion or ethnic group and therefore, everyone should be treated equally to achieve a better nation for all.
Accusing President Buhari of failure to prove himself as a father to all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic and religious affiliations, CSMN said that this is bad for the progress and unity of the country.
It therefore called on any Christian that will take over as President of Nigeria in 2023 to exhibit love and kindness to all Nigerians in appointments and in the general development of the country without religious or ethnic sentiments but competence.
Among others, the group also called on all Christians across Nigeria to note that “God Almighty is interested in politics because He is the Kingmaker. The process of crowning rulers in this age is through politics, therefore the Church must redefine its theology of separation of Church and state. This is because Christian participation in politics is now an existential issue. Christians must therefore deliberately, strategically, and intelligently be involved in politics.”
It further asserted, “Christians who see politics as a channel to satisfy selfish personal interests from the proceeds of corruption should amend their ways and place the collective interests of the body of Christ and the entire nation above personal interests because they will give account to God on the last day.
“The search for a credible Christian consensus candidate to contest and occupy the position of the President in 2023 must commence now; Nigerian youths must be strategically engaged to understand the political dynamics of Nigeria and be deployed as game changers to save and preserve their future and the future of our great country.