Shun Ethnic/Religious Politics come 2019: NGO Advocates In Lafia
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, an NGO, Yusufu Turaki Foundation, on Tuesday advised the different ethnic groups in Nasarawa State to eschew religious and ethnic sentiments in voting their leaders.
The Founder of the NGO, Prof. Yusufu Turaki, gave the counsel in a paper presentation during a public lecture organised by the Unity Forum of Ethnic Nationalities of Nasarawa State (UFENNS) in Lafia.
The paper was titled: “Myself, My People, and My Land’’.
Turaki, a Professor of Geology and Ethics, ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Plateau, urged that credibility and integrity should guide the people’s choice in choosing their leaders.
According to him, the people of the middle belt and Nigerians generally are so divided along ethnic and religious lines, adding that lack of unity is a major factor affecting the zone.
“Have you ask yourself what is happening in Nigeria? What is happening to your people and what is happening to our land?
“You must unite if you want to win elections and protect your land from invaders, irrespective of ethnic and religious background.
“Why are we so divided along religious and ethnic affiliations? Christians, Muslims and Pagans must sit down to discuss how to move the state forward.
“We should use our religion to bring peace and the much-needed development to our society.
“Religion is created by God for the betterment of humanity; no religion preaches violence and confusion.
“Any religion that will not promote human development is no longer a religion. Religion should unite us not divide us,’’ he said.
Turaki advised the ethnic groups not to abandon their culture and language, adding that culture promote peace and unity among the people.
Earlier, Mr Mathew Akwe, the Chairman of UFENNS, said that the forum was formed in order to promote unity and peace among the various ethnic groups in the state.
Akwe said that peace is priceless, non-negotiable and a necessary requirement for the development of any society.
He said that the forum would continue to organise workshops and public lectures on the need for all ethnic groups in the state to embrace unity, peace and tolerate one another.
The public lecture was attended by politicians and traditional rulers including Sen. Solomon Ewuga, Sen. Philip Gyunka, Mr Mike Abdul and Mr Demeshi Luka.
Representatives of Eggon, Mada, Rindre, Gbagi, Afo, Ibira, Igede, Gwandara, Tiv, Alago and Migili communities were also present at the lecture.
Source : Independent