I was compelled to write this piece of note, not because I have any interest of partisanship in any particular political party nor do I have a special personal advantage to derive from the victory of any of the candidates in the 2015 general elections in Nigeria. But, considering the antecedents and events that preceded all the episodes on the political stage today, and also the fact that no previous elections in the country had caused so much cracks and divisions among the body of Christ in Nigeria like we are experiencing this year, it became imperative for me to sound this note of warning to the body of Christ in Nigeria.

What most so called Christians in this country do not realize is that, some powerful principalities and powers had already put certain machinery in motion since 1989 to ensure that the mantle of leadership of Nigeria is only within their control. The plan was the outcome of a conference of the African member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) in 1989 known as “ABUJA DECLARATION (1989).” For details see: http://eaclj.org/religion/13-religion-feature-articles/15-the-abuja-declaration.html or  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abuja_Declaration_%281989%29

In a communiqué issued at the end of the conference by the 46-member Organization of the OIC, it was resolved that an organization to be known as Islam in Africa Organization (IAO) be formed to spearhead a Muslim initiative to solve the problems facing Africa. The organisation was founded on 28 November 1989 in Abuja, with the goal to win the whole of Africa for Islam, starting from Nigeria. The plan was subtly designed in such a way that the economic relief measures and solutions to our political problems will be fashioned in such a way that they would be very appealing to the Christians as well.

The key goals of Abuja Declaration are:
1.                  To ensure that only Muslims are elected as head of state or president of the country.
2.                  To eradicate in all its forms and ramifications all non-Muslim religions in member nations (such religions shall include Christianity, Ahmadiyya and other tribal modes of worship unacceptable to Muslim)." (the word Christianity is underlined in the declaration)
3.                  To ensure the ultimate replacement of all western forms of legal and judicial systems with the sharia in all member nations.
4.                  To ensure the appointment of only Muslims into strategic national and international posts of member nations."

The execution of this strategy started immediately and that was one of the very paramount reasons why the June 12 1993 election was annulled. Although the winner of that election, Chief M.K.O. Abiola was a Muslim but based on the original intention of the proponents of Abuja Declaration, Chief M.K.O does not qualify. Aliyu Gwarzo, the former National Security Adviser to late Sani Abacha clarified this when he said, “The Christians in the north such as the Berom, the Tiv, the Kataf, the Jaba, the Zuru, the Sayyawa, the Bachama, the Jukun, the Idoma and all the others are nothing and the Muslim minorities in the north, including the Kanuri, the Nupe, the Igbira, the Babur, the Shuwa Arabs, the Marghur and all the others know that when we are talking about leadership in the north and in Nigeria, Allah has given it to us, the Hausa-Fulani.” So, M.K.O was a Muslim but not a Hausa-Fulani Muslim.   

Today in Nigeria many states in the North prefer the Sharia law to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  These facts are the silent agitations in the hearts of most honest Muslims in the Northern part of Nigeria. That was what gave rise to the issue of Boko Haram. Unlike the Nigeria Delta militants, the only agitation of boko haram is the replacement of the Constitution of the nation with Sharia law.  

Gen. Muhammed Buhari is and will remain a fanatical Muslim. He was quoted in 2001 as saying “I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria”, he then added that; “God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country.” Realizing what such statements caused him in the last general election, Buhari preferred to adopt a more tactical approach to such issue this time around. For instance, he promised to abolish the office of the first lady if elected as President, of course he might say it was due to economic considerations but that was not the truth. A fanatical Muslim like Buhari knows that a woman cannot hold such political office. The evidence hinges on the Islamic hadith which says that: "a nation would never succeed that make woman in charge of her affairs."  

Buhari’s proposal is part of a grand strategy to tactically introduce Sharia law into the national stage. According to a statement credited to Dr Usman Muhammad Bugaje, pioneer secretary of Islam in Africa Organization, “In Nigeria the movements have over the last two decades or so been challenging the secular status of the country and pressing for the application of Sharia for the Muslims. Though they have not as yet secured a total application of the Sharia, they have extended the jurisdiction of the Sharia from the narrow confines of personal law to cover all civil matters. But even more important, the movements have, through the Sharia debate, mobilized an increasing number of the Muslim population for future action.”

The direction of that journey towards that future that Dr Usman Muhammad Bugaje talked about will be determined by the outcome of this 2015 general election. That is why there seems to be so much desperation about the outcome of this election by certain group of persons.  Aliyu Gwarzo had vowed that, “No Goodluck or anyone else will stop the Hausa-Fulani from taking back our power next year. We will kill, maim, destroy and turn this country into Africa’s biggest war zone and refugee camp if they try it. We must fight and we will fight back in order to keep it. They have brought in the infidels from America and the pigs from Israel to help them but they will fail. The war has just begun, the Mujahadeen are more than ready and by Allah we shall win...” Some ex-Niger Delta militants are threatening same should President Goodluck Jonathan fail. Which side are you?

Unfortunately, as the Christians continue with the dichotomy of the secular and the spiritual aspects of our political structure, their Muslim counterparts have taken a holistic approach to take charge and dictate the pace. Part of the strategies for achieving their goal in 2015 is to paint the picture of Nigeria as a failed state, submerged in abject poverty, corruption, debt and deprivation. That is the image of Nigeria that they want the Christians to see.  I do not dispute these facts either but certainly it is not the whole truth.

You would recall that in 2003, these principalities in the North reluctantly relinquished power to Gen Olusegun Obasanjo as a token to appease the Yoruba people for the death of Chief M.K.O Abiola. Although Obasanjo, probably because of his military background tried to prove to the nation that he was capable of taming the excesses of these principalities in the North but he failed the Yoruba nation and the country at large when he refused the call for a sovereign national conference whose outcome is believed would help reshape the nation into a true federalism. In a nation where “monkey dey work, baboon dey chop”, of course corruption will always be flourishing because everybody wants to have a share of the national cake.

Just imagine all the drama about Buhari’s certificate; ordinarily if justice and equity should be upheld, Buhari’s salary should not be above that of the category of the school certificate holder. If Buhari says that within 100 days in office he would end corruption, end insurgency, bring back the value of naira relative to a dollar, bring down inflation, create 3million jobs, etc and you believe him, am sorry but you are the KING OF FOOLS. How do you think that he will achieve that? These promises are the basis upon which most Christians are hinging their support for Buhari. But, these are strategies for achieving the primary agenda of “ABUJA DECLRARATION”. Another subtle strategy to woo unsuspecting and ignorant Christians was the adoption of a Pastor as his running mate knowing full well that the office of the Vice President is just ceremonial.  

So, if peradventure Buhari wins the 2015 general election, that victory is not for democracy; it is not for economic glory; it is not victory for Nigeria but indeed, victory for those who started the struggle for it since 1989. It will be victory for people like Aliyu Gwarzo; it will be victory for the Boko Haram and I know that at the end, certainly Christianity can never remain the same again in this nation. President Goodluck Jonathan may not be the messiah that Nigeria truly desire at this time but choosing Buhari as an alternative is certainly the worst mistake that we can ever make as a nation. Buhari has been a product of the Hausa-Fulani power brokers. That background made to rise up to the rank of a General in the Nigerian Army even without a secondary school certificate. That connection also gave him the job as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) under the leadership of late General Sani Abacha. He feels so proud that he executed 76% of PTF projects in the north only, neglecting other states in the country. Buhari never saw anything bad in the demonic dictator called Sani Abacha; in fact, He maintains that Abacha didn’t steal. Has he repented? The answer is NO.    

My question then to every genuine Christian in Nigeria is, “Why do we have to look back to Egypt for help”.  God said in His word, “What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help, trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers and depending on the strength of human armies instead of looking to the Lord, the Holy One of Israel” - Isaiah 31:1(NLT).