Professor Farooq Kperogi shared his opinion in an article he shared on his Fb web page.
“Professor Farooq Kperogi has condemned the choice of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) to delve into politics, leaving its core calling of preaching the phrase of God.
He made this recognized in an article he shared on his Fb web page.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Nigeria’s hottest Pentecostal church the place Yemi Osinbajo was (is?) a pastor, issued a Feb. 28, 2022, memo, which got here to gentle at this time, that hints at an enormous, ground-up political operation to assist its members win political workplaces in Nigeria.
The memo talked of the institution of an “Workplace of Directorate of Politics and Governance,” which it stated ought to be replicated “in any respect ranges of the church – zone, space and parish” so as to “assist coordinate the engagement of our people who find themselves prepared to be concerned in politics in addition to mobilize assist for them when required.”
Peoples Gazette appropriately interpreted the memo as an “association to mobilise sweeping assist for [Osinbajo’s] ambition” to be president.
This isn’t actually shocking, frankly, as a result of Pentecostal Christians see Osinbajo as their consultant in authorities and assume he’s the fulfilment of Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s oft-quoted prediction that certainly one of them would develop into Nigeria’s president throughout his lifetime.
(Osinbajo’s rise to the vice presidency, for the document, was a consequence of Buhari’s private need to blunt notions of his Islamic fanaticism by having a pastor as a working mate. It was the identical cause that precipitated him to favor Pastor Tunde Bakare, a Muslim convert, as his working mate).
Osinbajo himself defines his function in authorities within the slim phrases that his co-pentecostalists see it: because the materialization of a Pentecostal Christian theocratic dream. That’s why his inside political circle is sort of solely made up of Yoruba RCCG members.
When his multi-billion-naira corruption within the administration of the Buhari regime’s social funding program was probed by members of the Aso Rock cabal (which precipitated it to be taken away from him and remodeled right into a separate ministry), it was found that the overwhelming majority of people that benefited from the contracts he awarded have been Yoruba members of the RCCG.
Osinbajo is so smugly ensconced in his RCCG filter bubble that he doesn’t even care to hunt out the cultural counsel of his Federal Authorities-imposed Muslim aides when he travels to the Muslim North.
That’s the reason he routinely steps into mosques– and into the the late Yar’adua’s mom’s bed room– along with his footwear on, despite the fact that the Queen of England whose individuals dropped at Nigeria the Christianity he practices takes off her footwear when she visits mosques.
There’s no Christian in authorities in Nigeria’s historical past who has ever been as narrowminded, as culturally clueless, and as insular as Osinbajo, which was why, as I stated in my final Saturday column, a senior Yoruba Christian professor informed me lately that Osinbajo would “create higher instability as president” than Buhari has as a result of “The Sharia of us will confront [Osinbajo’s] Christian fundamentalism with extra violence,” which might precipitate disabling communal upheavals.
What the RCCG is doing with its wholesale immersion into partisan politics isn’t distinctive, after all. Muslims, significantly Salafists, pioneered it.
The late Sheikh Abubakar Gumi began it in, I believe, the Eighties when he urged his followers to be politically partisan and shocked the Nigerian Muslim group when he stated politics was extra essential than worship.
Similar to the Pentecostals, the Salafists wish to take over the ability construction and impose, by stealth or by pressure, their model of theocracy on the remainder of Nigeria.
Salafists’ highest consultant in authorities at this time is Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami. He taught for two years on the Islamic College of Madinah, the ideological breeding floor for Salafist ideology, and is being prepped for a higher function.
Anybody who desires to hasten Nigeria’s conflagration ought to elect Osinbajo as President and Pantami as Vice President. Osinbajo could be the matchbox and Pantami the matchstick.
The push and pull between Pentecostal and Salafist theocratic craziness would offer the friction mandatory for the matchstick and the matchbox to collide.
With RCCG’s overtly political partisanship, anticipate the identical from the Salafists. Let’s see the place that leads.