The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, The Rt. Rev. Emele Mba Uka has said that the time has come when Nigerians must begin to make conscious and deliberate efforts to forge a virile and viable unity out of our diversity.
Addressing the Executive members of the Men’s Christian Association (MCA) of Northern Calabar Presbytery of the Church, the Moderator said that Nigerians have every reason to thank God for letting the country be, not just a geographical expression, but a unified and indivisible nation under God.
“Nigeria has been tested and tried over the years,” he said, “with disintegrating and dangerous forces of evil, characterized by ethno-religious crises, inter-religious conflicts, inter-ethnic political conflicts and even a bitter civil war, yet by the special grace of God, we are still together.
To this end, we must no longer take God’s favour for granted. We must begin to live up to our pledge “…to be faithful, loyal and honest, to serve Nigeria with all our strength, to defend her unity and uphold her honour and glory – so help us God.”
Rt. Rev. Prof. Uka appealed to political leaders to help us practice true democracy and not the present perverted kind of democracy which is “government of the Rich, by the Rich and for the Rich.”
“Our democracy in Nigeria is not touching the grass roots,” he lamented. “The rural parts of this country are not experiencing the dividend of democracy.
If the political leaders do not review their jumbo pay package downwards so as to give room for the common man to taste a bit of God’s goodness to Nigeria, then the political leaders had better be careful not to lead this country into a peasant revolution as was the case with the French Revolution of 1789.