Patrick Obahiagbon, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a former member of the House of Representatives from Edo State, has revealed the true cause of the internal crisis in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
This is even as Obahiagbon described the Christianity and Islam as two sides of the same coin, alluding that religion is being politicized by the leaders, thereby introducing into politics.
Obahiagbon made the comment in an interview with Nigerian Tribune, he said the crisis in PDP as a result of the fraudulent violation and unconscionable political rape of the party’s constitution
He said: “The noxious and pestilential crisis that has bedeviled the PDP and which has become a web of Penelope arose as a result of the fraudulent violation and unconscionable political rape of its constitution that recognised and constitutionally apotheosised the principle of zoning and rotation of political and elective offices between the north and the south.
“The inordinate ambition of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the palpable lack of neutrality by Iyorchia Ayu in the presidential nomination process which became evident by his verbal diarrhoea thereafter, the insensitivity to southern political interests by some high priests of northern caliphatism and the serial breaches of promises made to Governor [Nyesom] Wike by Atiku Abubakar are what have politically quagmired the PDP and left it luxating and hemorrhaging as of today.
Speaking on the bad effect of the political leaders introducing religion into politics, Obahiagbon said one of the fundamental problems as a nation is that ‘we find ourselves in a situation where religion has been politicised and politics has become religionised’.
“Let me state right away that I am always flummoxed more by the shameful ignorance that has been exhibited by Christian and Muslim leaders and their adherents over time.
“If I can forgive political desperadoes’ attempt to politicise religion, certainly not so with religious leaders.
“Christian and Muslim leaders in Nigeria over the years have exhibited their ignorance in not realising that there is really no fundamental disparity between Christianity and Islam.
“The time has come for those of us that are privileged ‘veiled prophets’ to use opportunities as this platform to let them know that both the Christian and Muslim religions arose from the same primordial tradition of light, thus making them two sides of the same coin.
“Do they even know that the 19th chapter of the Qur’an is devoted to Mary, the mother of Jesus the Christ? Was Islam, as related by Prophet Muhammad himself, not commenced with the appearance of Archangel Gabriel to him? Is that not the same Archangel Gabriel of the Bible?
“So, it is crass ignorance on display when we fight over religion and what I am worried about is more of the ignorance on the part of Nigeria’s religious leaders, their adherents and mankind.
“The sacred responsibility of ‘veiled prophets’ is to continually point out the similarities between these two religions and others that we may become aware of our common heritage, bound with the spiritual agglutinant of universal brotherhood under the fatherhood of the supreme intelligence. And thanks for giving me this opportunity.
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