Since my relocation to Abuja, I have realized certain realities by my interaction with an average Northern Moslem. These are facts that I never appreciated before now. Sometimes, it is difficult to make a sweeping statement on what you know a little about or have not experienced adequately. Empirical realities far outweigh theoretical postulations. Therefore, please permit me to make the following observations about the Moslem and the Christians in Nigeria.
1. COMMITMENT TO VISION
The commitment of the average Moslem to Allah is far higher and and more passionate than the commitment of most Bishops not to mention the average Christian to God through Jesus Christ . The Moslem practices the Law of Islamism while the Christians practice grace. Yet the breaking of the Moslem ordinance is as dreadful as death itself. While the Christian under the dispensation of grace is recklessly lawless. Now, don't get me wrong , this comparisons are by no means a wholesale generalization. I am just using the average Christian as a case study .
2. LEADERSHIP CONSCIOUSNESS
The Moslem believes in Hierarchical leadership. A word from the Sultan of Sokoto who is at the top of the Islamic leadership in Nigeria is law. But the Christians, Inspite of CAN, PFN, BCN, and other bodies, they have this unabashed attitudinal disregard to proper leadership. For example,
In the last general election in Nigeria, the entire Moslem community was convinced and directed to work against the so called "infidel" in Aso Villa. It was so compelling that even the party faithfuls of the erstwhile president worked at odds with him as against the practice of loyalty to party affiliations .
How ever, the Christians on the other hand,had no leadership. No one to speak for the generality of the Christians in Nigeria. For example, Some of the Big names in our Christian faith were too selfish to consider supporting a Christian against a moslem in the last general election. One of the big general overseers was "nicodemus"in his support for the then Ruling President who was a Christian like him. He was a friend in the day while covertly supporting the moslem candidate in the night. What an abomination.
Christianity in Nigeria is as fragmented as the diversity and heterogeneity in denominations accross the land. In the present Nigeria, the Christian has no voice. Now tell me, whose voice can command the respect of all Christians? Not sure there is one. The CAN president cannot issue a declaration and be obeyed by all Christians neither can any general overseer, Cardinal, Arch Bishop, or Primate make a pronouncement and all Christians will obey. So who will Christians obey? Isreali prime minister? Or Donald Trump? May be God coming down from above.
It is a tragedy to our evangelistic agenda that we cannot speak as one. If Christ or the Kingdom of God is at the center of our pursuit, there is no way the body of christ can be this fragmented. The time to forge a united front is now. That seems an uphill task at the moment?
3.CAPACITY TO DIE FOR THE FAITH
Very many Moslems are ready to die for their God, but you can't say that of Christians confidently. We boast that we have a living God, we condemned them for serving a dead God, but when it comes to sticking out our heads for our belief, we crawl back in diffidence. It is a shame. Imagine the scenario where Christians where slaughtered by Moslems recently and the pastors of these Martyrs could not bat an eyelid. There was no explanation to this graveyard silence than the fact that they couldn't stick out their necks. Christianity is being strategically eroded in the country and no one is speaking. In the absence of any authoritative voice, forces of lesser influence will be speaking as the voice of the church .
4. POLITICAL AWARENESS
A moslem man seeks political office predominantly to promote his religion. Political Power to a moslem is a means to fulfill Islamic mandate When a moslem man becomes a president,Governor, minister or a Commisioner etc, his primary objective is normally to use the office to advance the cause of Islam. But when a Christian man mounts any position of political significance, he fights to maintain the principles of secularism of the nigerian state . He even fights the church where he belongs to. Now check this out.
The multi billion dollar Abuja Central Mosque was built solely with Nigerian Money by a dictator who understands the significance of his position to Islamic agenda. No fund raising, no funds drive, no APEALS in that direction. Every moslem was committed to it and its execution was seamless.
Thank God former president Olusegun Obasanjo also made some efforts to give us a befitting ecumenical center, Sincerely, I Truly appreciate him for this exceptional feat. But this was after much fund raising and other strategic launching event before the committee headed by Chief Rochas Okorocha could attempt what we now celebrate as a national church.
We had a Christian president for six years in this country whose most trusted confidants were Moslems. Strategic positions of national significance were occupied by moslems. There was this case in point that really devastated me. Among the most qualified officer to be appointed the inspector General of police during the 2014 change of guards was a Holy Ghost filled tongue talking DIG by name Zuokumor Micheal. We pitched our tent waiting for the announcement of his name, but lo and behold, it was not to be. A Muslim, Suleiman Abba was appointed as Inspector general of Police on the 14th of April 2014. Guess what, can you fathom the explanation? It was that a Christian was already the Chief of army Staff and we couldn't dominate the armed forces with Christians. But take a look at the system as it exist today, for the first time, all the service chiefs in Nigeria at the moment are moslems this is actually a rarity. Not even during the military era was this acceptable. Now when security matters are discussed, there is no one to represent the body of christ and everything seems normal to a lot of people.
And talking about the IG appointed he became one of the men who perfected the conspiratorial alliance to oust the same president who appointed him similar to the antics of the electoral umpire. Now this is not just an isolated case. It is the same scenario all over. when Christians are in position of power, they don't protect their faith, neither do they give a damn where they come from.
The 1989 Abuja declaration, an agenda for the Islamization of the Nigeria state was supervised by a sitting Moslem President.