APC Rally: MC Oluomo Made It Hard for People to Get to Church, Lagos-based Pastor Laments
- Lagos Park managers held a procession in support of the Tinubu/Shettima presidential ticket in the state
- The procession by the transport stakeholders was said to have caused traffic congestion is some areas of the state
- A pastor, Bolaji Akinyemi, says organising such an event on a Sunday is a disrespect to the Christian community in Lagos
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Facebook - A Lagos-based pastor, Bolaji Akinyemi, has lamented the hardship that some Lagosians experienced over the rally orgainsed by the chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garages Management committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo.
The procession was organised in support of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Lagos on Sunday, October 9.
The march, which commenced with a mammoth crowd at the Teslim Balogun Stadium ended at Oshodi.
Reacting, Akinyemi in a lengthy post on his Facebook page, criticized the organisers for holding the walk on a Sunday morning.
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“I take exception to our insensitivity as Christians, a 5 million man march on a Sunday morning at 8:00am in support of a Muslim/Boko Haram ticket? And we said and did nothing!
“Now they have said it loud and clear in Lagos to our face. For me, it's a subtle way of saying we are inconsequential! I know a lot of you will like to stay civil in this and sincerely that is what it should be, but these are no ordinary times.
“Am in the space by divine mandate and know things in ways I can't explain, forgive my brashness if it offended your civility, political affiliation or religious leaning. Am zeal driven to keep Nigeria for what it should be; a secular state.
“Do they have the right to walk on a Sunday? Of course they do! But the point is made, Lagos has more people who have no business with church and wouldn't mind a walk in exchange for worship on a Sunday! So, live with it from now on!
“Saturday, 8th October was Id el Maulud, that was yesterday and Monday 10th October was declared as the holiday. So, tomorrow is a public holiday for Id el Maulud.”
Akinyemi also stated that the procession should have been held on Monday, October 10 since the federal government had declared it as a holiday.
“Why was the walk not slated for tomorrow Monday; knowing it was going to be a public holiday?
“Does it mean there are no Christians in the new Lagos state park union who needed to honour the Lord with their worship today?
“These things are deeper than we see them. This generation will either bury faith in the graveyard of politics or revive it by making the same place the holy ground where our Lord's name must be respected and honored.”
Expert asks Nigerians to interrogate presidential hopefuls on health issues
Meanwhile, Robert Yates, a political health economist specializing in Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and progressive health financing at Chatham House, London, has advised Nigerians to scrutinize the various presidential candidates in the country on their stance concerning health issues.
He also advised the political candidates ahead of the 2023 general elections to out UHC in the front burner of their campaigns.
He told Legit.ng during an event in Abuja:
“The coming elections is a tremendous opportunity for Nigeria to take a great stride towards UHC.
“It will be a smart thing for the political candidates to do. It is during crisis that politicians do something for their people. UHCs are relatively easy to do and bring benefits to the people.
“You (Nigeria) have shown through the COVID pandemic that when there is true political commitment, work can be done.”
CAN, PFN should stand firm against same faith ticket, says US-based Nigerian pastors
In a related development, the Nigerian Faith-Based Community Organization (NFBCO) based in the United States has urged Christian leaders and clerics to stand firm in their stance against same faith ticket in the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Bishop Samuel Ayeni, the president of the NFBCO specifically called on the Christian Association of Nigeria and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria to reject the move, noting that Nigeria is a country where religious pluralism is practiced.
Bishop Ayeni explained that any individual or group that is unwilling to support religious inclusion in Nigeria should actually be rejected collectively by all religions in the country.
Labour Party's chieftain Pat Utomi says Tinubu is ailing, not fit to be president
On his part, a chieftain of the Labour Party, Professor Pat Utomi, has stated that the APC made a mistake by fielding an ailing person to be the flag bearer of the party come 2023 presidential election.
He said that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo should have been the best candidate for the ruling party instead of Tinubu.
The respected economic expert also dared Tinubu to go for a medical checkup and make the result public, claiming the APC presidential candidate is unfit.