By Sam EyobokaÂ & Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Action Congress, AC, has described as blasphemous, uncouth and unbecoming the statement credited to former President, General Olusegun Obasanjo that not even Jesus Christ can organise free and fair elections in the country.
Relatedly, National Vice-President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, has asked Obasanjo to withdraw his blasphemous statement on whether Jesus Christ can conduct undisputed elections in the country and apologise to christians or risk sanctions from the Christian community, stressing that it is absolutely unacceptable to Christendom.
AC’s National Publicity Secretary,Â Alhaji Lai Mohammed, weekend, noted that the painfully flippant, highly insensitive and deludedly messianic former president, a self-acclaimed born-again Christian may be stretching his fabled luck too far by blaspheming Jesus.
Meanwhile, addressing newsmen in his church office on Sunday, Okonkwo challenged Obasanjo to make such frivolous statements about the other religion and see if his apologies will be able to extinguish the conflagration that will follow.
On Prof. Maurice Iwu sack as INEC chairman last Thursday, at the Leon H. Sullivan Dialogue on Nigeria at the National Press Centre, Washington DC, United States,Â Obasanjo was reported to have said: â€œWith all due respect, if Jesus Christ could come to the world and be the chairman of INEC, any election he would conduct will be disputed.â€
According to Bishop Okonkwo, the past president has been known to made frivolous statements about Christianity which have gone unchallenged, but â€œI daresay that this one is not acceptable to us. I take great exceptions to the latest one. I mean, why should you in any way link Jesus Christ with elections in Nigeria?
â€œIt is not acceptable! This is the type of disrespect we give to Christianity that give other people theÂ muscle to do all kinds of things in the country and create confusion. The time has come when he should guard what he says about Christianity,â€ Okonkwo reacted angrily, pointing out that the last time, Obasanjo called a pastor an idiot and went behind to apologise.
â€œNow, you are coming again publicly to say â€˜with all due respectâ€¦â€™ We agree that elections in Nigeria are fraught with all kinds of fraud and irregularities and confusion, but why in any way relate it to Jesus? I want to put it to him that if Jesus conducts elections in Nigeria it will be credible because He is the Lord and He will know what to do,â€ he added.