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SIR: The way most Nigerian politicians use issues and non-issues to confuse the gullible electorate is despicable. Instead of them to go on with issue-based campaigns, they kept on falsifying statements and promising the impossible all in the bid to sway the would-be voters to their side. They make sensitive statements that are capable of injuring our collective existence and in the process, heating up the polity. It is a fact that members of ISIS and Boko Haram are Moslems and this does not mean that all Moslems are members of ISIS and Boko Haram. These blood-thirsty groups kill not only Christians but also Moslems.

He referred to the appointments of most of the Nigeria’s security portfolios, namely the National Security Adviser, which Col. Dasuki occupies; the Defence, with General Aliu Gusau as the Minister and the Police where Suleiman Abba is in charge. He even mentioned that Buhari was likely to Christianise Nigeria if voted in, because he has a Pastor who controls over 5,000 churches, as his vice-presidential candidate. To me, Sambo with the foregoing has not contributed positively and intelligently to the PDP campaigns.

Nigeria is so blessed that today, irrespective of varied religious beliefs, citizens live in harmony with one another. Coupled with our various tongues, we are strengthened, in diversity. Within a nucleus family, especially in the western part of Nigeria, we have Christians and Moslems of the same blood. The earlier we stopped bringing religion into our politics, the better. Vice-President Sambo campaigning in the northern part of the country, mostly used Hausa language. In most of his outings he wasted no time in informing his predominantly Moslem crowd that the present PDP administration favours Moslems more than what the opposition would offer.

He referred to the appointments of most of the Nigeria’s security portfolios, namely the National Security Adviser, which Col. Dasuki occupies; the Defence, with General Aliu Gusau as the Minister and the Police where Suleiman Abba is in charge. He even mentioned that Buhari was likely to Christianise Nigeria if voted in, because he has a Pastor who controls over 5,000 churches, as his vice-presidential candidate. To me, Sambo with the foregoing has not contributed positively and intelligently to the PDP campaigns.

Buhari, on his part, has maintained that he would crush the Boko Haram faster and completely if voted in. He averred that he is not capable of Islamising Nigeria in a democratic dispensation, alluding that he did not do such during his military era that he had all the opportunity to do so. He went further to say that if he could not Islamise his personal assistants, including those that cook what he eats, who are mostly Christians, how would he possibly Islamise the entire Nigerians this time. It will be recalled that it was Babangida’s administration that took Nigeria to Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC). President Goodluck Jonathan, who is not a Moslem, has sat in meetings of the OIC since becoming Nigerian President. Therefore, I submit that no democratically elected President is capable of Islamising or Christianising Nigerians. Nigeria remains a secular nation.

Cosmas Omoku, Omole Phase 1, Lagos.



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