Former minister of aviation Femi Fani- Kayode has written a fresh piece of advise to Christians to rise in unity to avoid defeat and destruction which he said might lead to the Islamization of the nation.
Read on Fani Kayode’s advise to Christians:
It is welcome news that Mr. Anjem Choudary, Britain’s “most hated man” and the radical British Islamist who pledged an oath of allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Amir Abubakar Al Baghdadi, has been jailed in the United Kingdom.
This was a man who encouraged Islamic fundamentalism and terror and who has spent many years on the international television networks trying to justify the actions of Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, Boko Haram, the Taliban, Al Shabab, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Daesh, Abu Sayyaf and all the other evil Muslim terror groups in the world that believe in the establishment of a new world caliphate where sharia law is imposed on everyone. If the truth be told there are many Ansem Choudarys in Nigeria; as a matter of fact many of those that think like him now run the affairs of our country and that is our major challenge.
The fact that Nigerian Christians have been so accommodating, tolerant and restrained in the face of what has been going on in the last one year is a glaring testimony to their maturity and decency. It is not a sign of weakness but rather evidence of true strength.
I say this because it takes courage not to retaliate when you are consistently marginalized, insulted, cheated, pillaged, raped, murdered, singled out for destruction and treated like filth. Yet it is not just about being restrained even in the face of the worst type of provocation.
The children of the Lord, the believers and the faithful still have so much more to do in order to protect ourselves from the relentless onslaught of the Islamists in our country like Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen and from the excesses of a federal government that is hell bent on turning Christians into an endangered species and second class citizens.
Anyone that doubts that this is the case would do well to read the seminal and well-researched contribution made by the elder-statesman Chief Solomon Asemota, SAN, a few days ago which was titled “Discriminatory Appointments Against Non-Muslims In Nigeria”. Though much of the Nigerian print media, out of fear of the authorities, have refused to publish it, the essay is all over the internet and it can be accessed there.
Today, more than at any other time in our history, Christians must be united in our country. Anything less than that would lead to our collective defeat and destruction and it would feed into the narrative of those who wish to islamise our nation. It is for this reason that I am a little concerned by what appears to be happening in the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
It is very important that the Christian community in Nigeria keeps a united front and supports the new leadership of CAN. No matter what our differences may be, the attempt to discredit and destroy CAN by threats of breaking off from it by any group is counter-productive and dangerous to our collective cause.
When the Muslim fundamentalists and Fulani herdsmen kill our brothers and sisters, when the Federal and core northern state governments discriminate against us and persecute members of our faith, when the Sultan of Sokoto says that Christians indulge in more wicked acts than any other group in the world and when you have a religiously partial man as your President who says that sharia law should be spread into every state of the federation, you do not split your ranks and give room to your collective enemies.
This brings me to another point. Other than yours truly no-one has made the point that the Chibok girls are virtually all Christians. First of all Boko Haram abducted, raped, killed, enslaved and Islamized them and now our Muslim-controlled and Muslim-led military are carpet-bombing them from the sky and murdering them. I watched the video on CNN today and I wept-especially after I watched the interview of the mother of the young girl that spoke from captivity. Those are CHRISTIAN girls and just look at what they are being subjected to.
Regardless of their faith, whether they be Christian or Muslim, no child should be subjected to such atrocities but the truth is that the fact that virtually all the communities and towns that Boko Haram managed to torment, capture or hoist their evil black flag over the years were predominantly Christian communities like Mubi, Biu, Chibok, Dikwa, Bama, Gwoza, Banki and Potiskum.
This is a point that is relevant but that is purposely underplayed and ignored by the Nigerian and international media for obvious reasons. President Jonathan may not have been able to rescue the Chibok girls but at least his army and air force did not carpet-bomb them. At least he did not order that they should be aerial-bombed to death and slaughtered if they can’t be rescued.
And you can bet your bottom dollar that if those girls had come from a Muslim community and not a Christian one like Chibok, the government, and more likely than not Boko Haram itself, would have been more restrained and they would not have bombed and killed them in the way that they are doing. Yet the Bible says “vengeance belongs to the Lord”. It says that He “will repay”.
I have little doubt that in the fullness of time He will repay the powers that be for what they are doing to the Body of Christ and to our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Meanwhile I sincerely hope that the northern Christians will not break ranks with the rest of us and that we maintain our unity.
I sincerely hope that the Judas’ in our ranks and all those that are being used as agents of division and destruction by the government in return for a fee think twice and retrace their steps.