On the day of the swearing in of the new president of America, Donald Trump, Nigeria's security operatives shot at and killed and wounded many members of the Indigenous People of Biafra in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Their crime was organizing a solidarity rally for Trump who they see as someone that will help them to actualize their dream for a new Biafran State.
Yet, while the security operatives were shooting at the unarmed Nigerian protesters, Americans who were unhappy with the election of Trump as their president, lined up the route to the White House which would be taken by Trump on the day of his swearing in, to protest against his emergence. The American security operatives did not shoot at them and showed great restraint even when the protesters were hurling missiles at them. But in Nigeria, all hell was let loose merely because some people were showing their support for some other person.
Not done with that, the Directorate of State Intelligence, DSS, swooped down on Pastor Johnson Suleiman, General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, and after failing to whisk him away from his hotel after he preached against the killing of Christians in Kaduna and asking them to defend themselves, eventually invited him for interrogation before releasing him.
These two incidents are not isolated as there have been many others that have succeeded in sending disturbing signals across the land. These have made Nigerians to begin to wonder about the brand of democracy being practiced in Nigeria by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and President Muhammadu Buhari.
It is no longer difficult to notice the biased treatment against sections of the country and a particular religion by the federal government of APC. While the federal government has virtually kept mum on the killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna, it has been moving with speed against Biafran agitators and Christians, despite the country's constitution guaranteeing freedom of association, speech and worship to her citizens.
We frown at the way the APC-led federal government s fanning the embers of ethnicity and religious hate. Nigeria is yet to be declared an Islamic State and as such, other religions should be allowed to practice their faith freely without molestation. What is panning out in the country does not raise hopes that the country is moving on the right track. If anything, the country is walking on a time bomb which detonation will rip the nation to pieces.
We therefore call on the federal government to quickly refrain from harassing innocent Nigerians and instead, seek the safety of all Nigerians.
We also enjoin Christians serving under the APC-led federal government to rise up in defence of their faith by calling the government to order. They have the option of resigning if no heed is paid to their complaints. It will be the best way to show they are people of integrity. The fact that some of them are knights of their churches, makes it imperative that they do not feign ignorance of what is happening against their faith and people.