By Beauty John, LAFIA
The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YWCAN) Nasarawa state chapter, has warned politicians in the state to desist from using religion to settle their political scores.
The YWCAN chairman, Amb. Solomon A. Inusa, gave the warning in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Lafia, Tuesday.
According to the chairman, with Nasarawa state having its fair share of insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other forms of criminality threatening the peace of the country, he is appalled by the actions of a few individuals who are trying to drag the public into their personal political fights.
“While effort by all men and women of goodwill is required to redirect our course towards a peaceful society, a handful of mischief makers who are bent on fanning the embers of disunity and violence are high at work to achieve their selfish aim”.
Inusa described the story by Sahara Reporters that has been trending since Sunday, August 23, 2020 with the claim that the Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi A. Sule had joined forces with others to frustrate the appointment of the immediate past Deputy Governor, Mr. Silas Ali Agara to head the National Population Commission for being a Christian in preference for Alhaji Kura Isa, a Muslim from Kano State, as not only disturbing but quite unfortunate.
“The content and spirit of the story spew of deliberate falsehood to cast aspersion on the person of the Governor with the aim to unsettle the peace the State is beginning to build from the fragments it inherited from the past” he said.
“The authors of this falsehood ought to know that this is not the time to whip up religious sentiments to cause division among the Nasarawa People,” he added.
Inusa while noting that Silas Ali Agara had served the State in various leadership positions at various times said peace, security and safety of the State and its people should be uppermost in his heart beyond any personal interest.
According to him, those raising the alarms do not possess the moral credential to claim a Christian heroism from persecution to warrant a bandwagon agitation.
He commended the Abdullahi Sule-led administration in his quest to create a stable society for rapid socio-economic growth putting youth in the front burner.
“He has distinguished himself as a detribalized and cosmopolitan citizen whose social sphere and dealings are not influenced by religious leanings”.
The chairman reiterated that no Christian youth in Nasarawa state will be used as a pawn for the clash of selfish interests.
“It is time for politicians to come to terms with the reality that elections have come and gone and those ordained by The Almighty God should be allowed to prow.”
He then called on all politicians in the state to show patriotism and shun the habit of dragging the people into unnecessary religious crisis for their selfish interests.