Many ‘Peace Moves’ of Our Clerics

Nigeria News takes a look at the endorsement of Atiku Abubakar by ex-president Obasanjo and the roles of religious leaders.

No doubt, our Catholic Bishop, Matthew Kukah has felt the heat from Nigerians who have been criticizing him for his role in Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar’s peace meeting.

The cleric and his counterpart a Muslim priest, Sheik Abubakar Mahmud Gumi were among the prominent figures that attended the peace cum endorsement meeting.

Also, the Bishop of the Faith Tabernacle, aka, Winners Chapel, David Oyedepo was among the dignitaries. Two of them, Kukah and Oyedepo had since claimed that their purpose at the meeting with the former President Obasanjo and his vice, Atiku was to broker peace between the two political leaders.

Blessed are the peacemakers, the scripture tells me. So, let us agree that the men of God were at the meeting for peace to reign. However, the news conference addressed by the former leaders, after the meeting revealed an endorsement of Atiku by Obasanjo.

This happened a few days after the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and his counterpart for the Deeper Christian Life Bible Church, Pastor W.A Kumuyi had visited President Muhammadu Buhari. There was no rumour that they had endorsed the president anyway.

But the presence of Kukah, Gumi and Oyedepo at the Obasanjo Presidential Library on the day the former president endorsed Atiku has been generating discordant views. What is the agenda of the clerics in Atiku’s presidency?

And the clerics have felt the burn from Nigeria social media dwellers. Kukah and Oyedepo quickly dissociated themselves from the endorsement, even when they sat comfortably with Obasanjo as he opened up on Atiku’s past and why he would support him now.

Kukah said that he had only involved in the scenario for a peace accord. It was clear that the clerics wanted Buhari out in 2019. Obasanjo’s Bell University, Oyedepo’s Covenant University and Atiku’s American University of Nigeria are some of the most expensive tertiary institutions in the country.

Besides, Obasanjo runs a farm in Ota, Obada and Ifo, which for years have indirectly depended on successive governments to survive. As at today, only the farm in Obada is doing well and it’s being managed by the Chinese.

The Ota farm is moribund, there is no enough fund to run it, even though the current government of President Muhammadu Buhari has diversified the economy to agriculture. It was gathered that its policy did not favour Ota farm.

President Buhari runs no other business besides rearing of cows. He has no oil well, neither has he invested in the educational sector like other retired military brass. That is why he will care less about how his policy had affected those who own private institutions.

As petty as this may sound, one is surprised that many of the political elites hardly complain when a bad policy favours them. In Obasanjo’s words, Atiku will be a better president compared to Buhari because he has knowledge of the economy. As a matter of fact, Atiku is a successful businessman.

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