From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The General Overseer Christ Evangelical Life Intervention Ministry and Ambassador of Peace, Rev Yohanna Buru, has condemned any form of campaign that is in conflict with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Speaking to journalists during the annual Christmas celebration which attracted about 2,000 Muslims and Christians at his headquarters in ‘Sabo Tasha, Chikun Local Government area of Kaduna State on yesterday he said, “Any form of campaign for political office that is in conflict with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the worst crime one can commit against his or her country.
“It is a national catastrophe to campaign on ethnic, religious or tribal sentiments, sectionalism or bigotry.
“What so ever sentiments or reasons we are using to campaign is wrong. It will never promote peace rather it will divide the country and create more conflict in the country.
“ So we are begging the politicians, more especially the youth not to allow themselves to used by anybody for a token, may be you die or be maimed for life. When we produce a leader, he or she is not for south-south, south-east, south-west, north-east, north-central. He or she is for all,” he said.
On the large turnout for the celebration of Christmas at his headquarters, he said, “Nigeria should celebrate Christmas in peace and harmony.
“They should share with one another. They should show love and try to understand each other. You should treat others as it should be done to you.
“Let’s preach the gospel. Let’s promote peace in all ramifications. Let’s not allow sentiments to take the better part of us. Let us pray for the peace of this nation. Let us promote peace in all its ramification” He stressed
Rev Buru said he was overwhelmed with the large turnout for the celebration of Christmas at the headquarters where Muslims and Christians feasted, prayed and danced, under one roof irrespective of religion or tribal sentiments.
He said, ,”There are so many people who came from different towns. About fifty from towns and local governments in Katsina State. I have seen the list. About 2,000 comprising hunters, local barbers, fishermen, non governmental organizations, blind peoples association. Some people I did not even expect were here. I thank them all for coming.
“We are using this Christmas season to unite Christians and Muslims for a better understanding. My house today is filled with Muslims and this has made me the most happiest person on earth
“Am pleading with the Christians and Muslims across the world to use this season to spread and promote peace and unity.
“We have counted over 500 Muslims youth, women, Imams, traditional title holders and various groups in attendance at this Christmas service in my house in order to build peace, harmony and religious tolerance across the state.
I am really happy to have Muslims from Niger, Cameroon and others from five states in Nigeria that have come to join us in this year’s celebration,” he said.