2015: Oritsejafor Warns Of Impending Danger, Decries Marginalisation Of Christians

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Oritsejafor

National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has warned of impending danger as 2015 draws nigh due to the way politicians are aligning along religious line.

Oritsejafor said this before the commencement of the 8th edition of Word of Life Bible Church/Eagle Flight Micro-Finance Bank poverty reduction programme where he gave out six brand new cars, 15 tricycles and 100 grinding machines.

Speaking at the event which took place on Boxing day, the CAN president spoke on the essence of Christmas saying it is, “a season of love and giving,” noting that, “the most powerful verse in the Holy Bible is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him will not perish but have everlasting life””.

Oritsejafor lamented that the essence of Christmas has been lost in many places.

“It’s very painful and pathetic for me to see what Christmas has become, but that must not stop us from celebrating. It’s sad, because it has become a commercial venture, where people sell this and that.

“The worst of it is not just even the selling, it’s the killing and the maiming and destruction. People get drunk and do all kinds of crazy stuff in the name of Christmas. Yesterday, Christmas day, some people died; they didn’t die because they were sick, they died because they were stupid,” Oritsejafor said.

“In the name of Christmas, people get drunk and have accidents that take their lives. In my own opinion, 99 per cent of people in this world, either they don’t understand what Christmas is, or they don’t want to understand what Christmas is, because when you see the way people do certain things, the extent which they go….People literally don’t go to church on Christmas day. It’s surprising to me that the person you are celebrating is the Church Himself, and yet you won’t go to Church on Christmas day, so what exactly are you celebrating?”

The seeming gang-up between the Muslim South-west and the North-west that is predominantly Muslims ahead of 2015, according to Oritsejafor portends danger.

“To be honest with you, I’m very troubled,” he confessed. “They don’t like people like us saying certain things. At the end of the day, they look at us and say ‘you are the one that is heating up the polity’, but it is strange because all we do is react to the reactions of other people.

“What you have just described is exactly what some of us are seeing that is very frightening. Are we aligning along religious line? Because if that is what is happening, it is very dangerous for Nigeria.

“Obviously, it is not all of the South-west, it is like the Muslim South-west, the far North Muslims. It is very frightening, it shouldn’t be, and they shouldn’t pretend about this, they should come out and tell the truth because that’s what we see here.

“I don’t want to comment on political parties because I’m not a politician, I’m not going to that extent, but we should not do that. We should please allow Nigeria be and allow the people to decide what they want.

“It’s a very dangerous direction if we go that way. The body language we see is not good for this nation, and I think the media must help us to get the message across that this is very dangerous for the unity of this nation and I pray that it shouldn’t go that way so that we can come today and not try to divide this nation.

“I’m being very selective in my words. I wish Nigeria well. I believe that 2013 was a year of discovery, 2014 for me is a year of recovery. I see Nigeria being able to recover. We have an incredible opportunity to recover and I hope and pray and believe God for recovery,” Oritsejafor said.

The CAN president also decried the way Christians are being marginalised in the country.

“For example, two weeks ago,” he said, “the Christian Association of Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri, led by Rtd Gen Piko, visited me in Abuja on a solidarity visit. I didn’t even know they existed, and in the spirit of Christmas, when they shared how pathetic their situation is today in Nigeria, I wept. I had to look for two million naira to give to them to start something like a revolving loan. Some things that certain people do appear on front pages, but 99 per cent of Nigerians don’t even know what happened.

“These people came from Jigawa, Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Zamfara. They are the real core northerners that we are talking about.

“They lamented that the Federal Government is spending huge sums establishing Almajiri schools across the North, asking what about our own children? ‘Our children can’t go to those schools. We are more marginalized than anybody else, we are seen as Fulanis, we are seen as Hausas, Kanuris, but we are not treated as such; even by our own people, just for the single reason that we are Christians’.

“And I asked a question, ‘where are the civil rights groups in this country?’ Where are all these groups in Nigeria? What is their mission? Because, sometimes, when I see them go after certain issues, forgive me but sometimes I feel like these are paid events that they do.”

Speaking further on marginalisation of Christians, Oritsejafor cited another example of such act.

“Five days ago, the Sarawa nation, an ethnic nationality from Bauchi State, in the Tafawa Balewa Bogoro local government area, also paid me a solidarity visit. They have chosen their paramount ruler, but the governor refused to give him a staff of office. Why? Because they are Christians.

“The headquarters of their local government was removed. That should not be because, according to the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, nobody except the National Assembly can alter local government headquarters. Bauchi State government did it. They moved it. The only girl secondary school in their area was closed down by the governor and Muslim girls were moved to other schools, but Christian girls were left to roam the streets,” he lamented.

“When I say things like this, people say ‘oh he hates Muslims’ , no! I don’t hate Muslims, but I hate this discrimination which started long before Boko Haram,” Oritsejafor said.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. If your not a Politician where talking about politics in the church, then you your self is like your doing a paid job or working for another party. Secondly whoever come to you claiming he is a Kanuri xtain is a blody lier no any kanuri xtain in this world

  2. When I said things like this people say I hate muslim NO I don’t hate muslim I hate Discrimination which started long before Boko Haram-Ayo Orisejafor -CAN National President

  3. Oritse what ever, u are stupid evil, Boko Haram, your plan towards your Boko Haram is exposed and now u are devising another means ko. U will not succeed by God’s grace. Is okorocha and Amaechi not a Christian from the southeast? You are a fool. Is it u have seen sign of your Bank Jonathan Jonathan loosing in 2015? We shall see?

  4. Most muslims will take Orji serious and infact challenged him for this.He is right.Marginalization of christians is worrisome.U dnt expect christians in those areas to kip mute cos of the tensed muslim environment.When a muslim is unfairly treated,the world will get to hear it and insult the sitting authority for nt taking satisfactory actions.Y the reverse?
    Prove the ill sentimental action of the governor who abolish gurls secondary sch and move the muslims gurls to another.Such things are nt fair.The issues raised in CAN chairman’s remak are true,brief and precise.
    Muslims of nowadays are clamouring a stinct of violence.Christians are patient enough in everyth bt y frustrating them?Is only God that will vendicate christians from this barbaric treatment from muslim reisdent authorities.

  5. Islam is TERROR 2 naija & evry nation dey resid.

    CRUELTY & VIOLENCE lies in d hrt of evry muslim.

    Dey islam is a religion of peace but
    Yet say dey plot & commit violence.

  6. CAN President,u’re a Bloody fool,u alwys tlk lyk parrot,meaningless,if nt for u being stupid idiot dat doesn’t knw his left or right,who is going to believe dis statement dat muslims girl child have been move to anoda schl while d christian own has been left there jst bcos they r christian,dis shows to d world dat u’r an illiterate n u dnt move round d country to c for urslf wat is happening to avoid any rumour dat may cmes to u.And on politics,evn ur own fellow christian has accused u of being a politian in d cover of preaching for peace,go n copy oneyekan of abj a true christian dat says d truth n avoid any sentiment to gather private jet n oda material things is nt on his side.u stupid questionable character man jst bcos u started seing failure dat begin to cry wolf.

  7. CAN President,u’re a Bloody fool,u alwys tlk lyk parrot,meaningless,if nt for u being stupid idiot dat doesn’t knw his left or right,who is going to believe dis statement dat muslims girl child have been move to anoda schl while d christian own has been left there jst bcos they r christian,dis shows to d world dat u’r an illiterate n u dnt move round d country to c for urslf wat is happening to avoid any rumour dat may cmes to u.And on politics,evn ur own fellow christian has accused u of being a politian in d cover of preaching for peace,go n copy oneyekan of abj a true christian dat says d truth n avoid any sentiment to gather private jet n oda material things is nt on his side.u stupid questionable character man jst bcos u started seing failure dat begin to cry wolf.

  8. Ha Oritsejafor and you call yourself beloved son of God! Please be careful for the wrath of God is around the corner for u. Please let me ask you, do you want to claim you know nothing about the troubles in the North? Please can you tell us the secret behind ur romance with the president? Please streamline the line between politics and religion. Please where did u get money to buy cars, tricicles and grdn machines? Fear God Oritsejafor

  9. I feel shy for you, coming public to say u don’t know that a body (“the Christian Association of Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri, led by Rtd Gen Piko) under u exist. Why will u knw?, instead of bng concerned abt d welfare of ur members, u concentrate on d government, vomiting what u’r left concerned with, romancing the government.
    We’r nt fools, we knw d right frm the left, stop d campaign nd if u will, then go public to announce that u’r the campaign chairman for 2015.

  10. Mr. Oritse? Y can’t u use the romanticism between ur office and the government to help them as u’v always do. Dn’t deceive us we’r knowledgeable enough to differentiate truth frm falsehood. Your conscious will judge u.
    Y’ll u nt be troubled? since ur candidate is loosing. Dn’t use d church as a campaign ground be fearful of God’s wrath.

  11. Mr. Oritse? Y can’t u use the romanticism between ur office and the government to help them (“the Christian Association of Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri, led by Rtd Gen Piko) as u’v always done. Dn’t deceive us we’r knowledgeable enough to differentiate truth frm falsehood. Your conscience will judge u.
    Y will u nt be troubled? since ur candidate is losing. Dn’t use d church as a campaign ground be fearful of God’s wrath.

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