BY SAM ASOWATA
Gani Adams of the Odua Peoples Congress, OPC, has handed me a great and pleasant surprise. He says RELIGION should be LOCKED OUT of the Nigerian Constitution!
I have never considered him as deserving of my attention; he and his OPC. I still do not confer any consequence on both. However, scavengers of refuse dumps sometimes light upon treasures, resulting in “Waste-to-Wealth”.
This is the apt analogy to Gani Adams’ submission on Wednesday that RELIGION should be excluded from our Supreme Law! I support him!
More than the hydra called CORRUPTION, Religion has WOUNDED Nigeria. All our ‘Leaders’ are ‘PAGANS’ who call themselves “Christians’ or ‘Muslims’. I put ‘PAGANS’ in quotes because the TRUE PAGANS will better serve us all if only we would stop being so sanctimonious.
I do not know of one single former Head of State, or President, who was not a Christian or a Muslim. The current president and vice president are a Christian and a Muslim, respectively. The swore by their religions’ holy books, but look at the VASTLY UNHOLY location of Nigeria in the moral universe.
But, this is NOT THE CRUX OF THE ANARCHY. The CRUX of it all is that both Christian and Muslim leaders brazenly overthrow the CONSTITUTION by ESTABLISHING Christianity and Islam as STATE RELIGIONS when the CONSTITUTION provides for SECULARITY.
They spend public money sponsoring pilgrims to Israel and Saudi Arabia. There is a Church and a Mosque at the State House but not a Shrine for AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION, ATR’S adherents.
Indeed, President Goodluck Jonathan only recently accused a governor in the north of sponsoring only Muslim pilgrims, ignoring Christians.
Why should there be Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board and a Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board answerable to the Federal Government? Why should the President receive the REPORTS of Pilgrimages in this SECULAR country?
It is because the GOVERNMENTS are CONSTITUTIONALLY ILLITERATE and HOSTILE. The Presidents and governors INCARNATE Nigeria’s RELIGIOUS upheavals.
Those who have NOTHING to offer inevitably offer religion. Instead of tackling problems arising from their mis -governance, they chant: “Let us pray! Let us fast!” And all these from atop the MOUNT OF SINS.
Hypocrisy does NOT EXHALT.
But, the topic of discourse is CONSTITUTIONALITY and SECULARITY both of which our sanctimonious rulers have torpedoed!
I, therefore, back Gani Adams’ call that we exclude RELIGION from our CONSTITUTION.