By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The chairman of Kaduna State chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. John Joseph Hayab, has stressed that the biggest problem impending the progress, unity and development of the country is lack of justice.
He noted that instead, divisions have been created along religious, ethnic and sectional lines that makes it a serious challenge for Nigerians to see themselves as one entity in all spheres of life that would move the country forward.
Speaking on “Good morning Nigerians”, discussing the role of youths in NTA programme, the CAN state chairman noted that, “If you want to get out of these divisions that have created in Nigeria, we have to admit where we went wrong, was that how we were before? Even with the Civil war, was there no sense of unity in Northern and the Southern Nigeria? Efforts were put in place to unite Nigeria and bring people together.”
He added, “What went wrong that today in Nigeria everybody talk about his tribe, religion, section, himself and private identity, not talking about the unity of Nigeria and how to move forward.”
He noted that our parents sacrificed so much their lives to make this country one, adding that, “Let us be honest to ourselves, our failure to talk the truth to ourselves about where we went wrong, things that we did that are not right is the reason why ethnic tension keep growing and expanding all over Nigeria.”
He lamented that in the country, Nigerians create divisions among themselves, dividing along ethnic and religious lines, purposefully to cover the evil they have done to the people following the bad governance they have given to Nigerians by the way they have stolen the wealth of the country.
He noted that Nigerians are so divided even to the extent that even someone steals money, instead of of Nigerians confronting him or her, the first thing you hear is you are accusing him or her because the accuser is not your tribe or of the same religion.
When it comes to serious issues, he explained, Nigerians are suppose to voice out, adding that in any crisis, Nigerians should not have religion or tribe but should talk about humanity and togetherness in order to get out of the problem.
Rev. Hayab observed that already, there is a seat of division going on in the country, stressing that, “We should look at our problems as a collective challenge that we all need together to solve and find the way out to it but regrettably, we begin to use ethnicity and religion to divide ourselves.”
He noted that the Global Peace Foundation in Nigeria preaches that human beings are one family under God, saying that his Bible teaches him that Nigerians need to tell each other the truth in order to move forward.
He lamented that most religious preachers are not honest, pointing out that in the public, they preach peace but in their privacy, they said a different thing.
“We must learn to embrace one another and walk together as brothers and sisters and as members of the same family for the country to move forward in all aspects of life.