By Raymond Gukas, Jos
The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) has warned that Nigeria may be heading towards Afghanistan and Syrian type of crises if efforts are not explored to prevent breakout of violence and hostilities between the Negros and Negroids in Nigeria.
According to it, the similarities in the crises in these countries and with what is happening in Nigeria currently calls for serious concerns.
The body stated this in a 13 point communique issued at the end of its meeting of 24th February, 2020 which is signed by Solomon Asemota, SAN, Chairman of the Forum last Sunday.
It said “NCEF expressed grave concern at the insecurity and atmosphere of uncertainty in the country. The threats became worse because Christians have not been properly harmonized in recent years and are unable to confront Islamism in unity”
For this failure on the part of church leaders, the forum said every effort must be made for the international community to be persuaded to step in since they too have been responsible for the distabilization of a United Nigeria.
It stressed that the “NCEF recognized that the problem in Nigeria is basically ideological due to different worldviews between the Islamist Negroid and the Democratic Negro races. This ideological conflict has to be resolved in the bid to unite all races and ethnic nationalities in Nigeria”.
It then called on the Traditional Rulers of the indigenous tribes to rally round and defend their people and their ancestral lands insisting that the “real owners of Nigeria are the indigenous ethnic nationalities represented by the Traditional Rulers and leaders”
While urging the Traditional Rulers of the indigenous tribes of the North and South to unite and ward off Islamism – Boko Haram, the Christian Elders appealed to General Yakubu Gowon, General Olusegun Obasanjo, and General Theophilus Danjuma, “as the most prominent Christian leaders in the country’s Military history, to put aside personal differences and embark on joint intervention for Christians and Nigeria”
It particularly express its gratitude to General Danjuma for warning all Nigerians to take their destinies in their hands, General Obasanjo for drawing the attention of Nigerians to the Fulanization policy of the present administration and General Gowon for lending his support to the restructuring of Nigeria, adding that it “has no doubt that all three working together, Nigeria should be able to overcome the breakdown of security in the country”
The “NCEF is aware that the crisis in Nigeria has its root in foreign nations and the intervention of the international community would be required to resolve it. The Christian Elders expressed hope that Europe would now be willing and free to intervene following the exit of Britain from the European Union. This opportunity should be explored by all lovers of Democracy and Western way of life.
“NCEF supports the model of “Amotekun” in its original conception – State Police and encourages other parts of the country to emulate it to enhance security of lives and properties. NCEF further encourages the Yoruba race not to limit its intervention to Oduduwa land but to think of the entire Black race of Nigeria and Africa.
“NCEF enjoins all Christians to support the persecuted Christians in the North and Middle Belt. It is both Christian duty and strategic response to reinforce Christians in the North.
“The Christian Elders endorsed the relief support to persecuted Christians under Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN) tagged “CRY OF MARTYRS” and sought for more support from Christians so that it can do lot more to alleviate the plight of internally displaced Christians (IDPs) in refugee camps.
“Christians must unite, become active, and devise means to protect and defend themselves. Self-defense is legal security and it is not on the Executive List of the Federal Government as claimed by some Negroid Nigerians. Consequently, the Church must resolve its leadership crisis to provide the necessary synergy for unity”
The Forum then resolved to work with groups that have credible road map for resolving the crisis in the country, eventhough funding for the advocacy of NCEF has been a major challenge.
“If effective advocacy is desired by Christians, the process has to be adequately funded. Christians are encouraged to support the NCEF so that timely and relevant interventions can be implemented because without funding, no concrete action can be put in place”, and encouraged Christians to remain prayerful and to ensure personal right standing with God.