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Kalu visits Assemblies of God Church, sells APC to leadership, members

…Dismisses claims that the party is Islamic

From: Petrus Obi, Enugu

In continuation of his tour of churches ostensibly  to disabuse the mind of the people of the South East that All Progressives Congress (APC) is an Islamic party, former governor of Abia State Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, on Tuesday, visited the National headquarters of the Assemblies of God Nigeria reassuring members that the party was for all.

Kalu, who was received by the General Superintendent of the church, Dr. Chidi Okorafor, in Enugu, noted that since he joined the APC, he has been visiting bishops and other church leaders explaining to them why he joined the party.

He lamented that the Igbo “have been deceived that APC is an Islamic party.”

Kalu argued that one man does not own a party, saying “it belongs to everybody. I am sure that some of your church members are members of this party. I want to say that APC does not belong to President Buhari. The chairman of the party is Chief John Oyegun, a Knight of the Catholic Church. So, I have continued to explain to church leaders that APC is one big family.

“That we are not what people think. We are a political party that will continue to strive to make Nigeria a better country. Rome was not built in a day, the economy is very difficult today, people are suffering, Nigerians are seeing the worst economic situation, but I know it will soon be over.

“President Buhari has been able to address some issues while some are still pending; I know there is hunger in the land and we are advising him to address the issue of the economy because it is very important.

“He met a battered economy and is struggling to see what he can do to address that issue. The economy when he met it was affected by the fall in oil price and massive looting by people who were supposed to protect the economy.”

The former Abia governor requested the church to continue to pray for President Buhari for good health and the wisdom to move the nation forward.

General Superintendent Assemblies of God Nigeria, Rev. Chidi Okorafor, in his response, noted that the church with a population of over 67 million worldwide, has become a force to be reckoned with in the country and beyond.

He identified the church as part and parcel of Nigeria, with the responsibility to pray for the government not minding the party in power.

Acceding to the clergy, “It is God that gives power, so if any person finds himself in office it is just because God has allowed it. I am glad that you mentioned God severally as you spoke, I pray that all our leaders in the entire nation will give reverence to God.

“As part of the society we always tell members to play their roles, during voters registration, during elections and other civic obligations.

“Assemblies of God Nigeria cannot be partisan, but we have members who belong to political parties; who are actively involved in politics. And our prayer go for them and the entire nation.

“We have been praying for Mr. President and the church will continue to pray for him and the leadership of the country for a better Nigeria, and for a better tomorrow. We believe that God will continue to sustain him.

“Thank you for recognizing the leadership of the church and coming to visit us today, we don’t take it for granted.”

 

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  1. Mike 19th April 2017 at 1:28 am

    Mr Orji, u are now showing how folish you are.. I feel like insult u face2face..U are a coward

  2. Mike 19th April 2017 at 5:44 am

    Orji Uzor Kalu, will stop at nothing to extricate himself of his corruption case. Can somebody tell him to stop wasting his precious time trying to convince the south East people for the evil they witness from the APC govt is more convincing. No reasonable Igbo will ever cast his or her vote for APC part.

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 19th April 2017 at 6:51 am

    Ohanaeze urges FG to support research finding on HIV/AIDS.- any individual or group that do not Respect decision of majority Igbos- which is Republic Of Biafra will without fail face the consequenses. Present Ohanaeze can go on to make fool of themselves as beggars and slave of north, but must Respect affairs of Igbos in Biafraland under Republic Of Biafra. Should not in any form involve Igbos and Igbos affairs in their mess and mockery as ignorant and naive group- present Ohanaeze is not a representing entity of Igbos, as the group do not stand for Republic Of Biafra and defend it- which is decision of majority Igbos.

  4. Nelson Ogbu 19th April 2017 at 8:52 am

    Orji Uzor Kalu’s visits to religous leaders/members in the south east is not bad, what is bad in the visit is the campaign for a particular party. Experience has shown that party as an entity doesn’t do anything good for the people rather it is the persons that make up membership of the party that does things good. For instance, who are the members of the APC today? are they not former members of one party or the other even Doc himself. And because they are no longer in their former parties, those parties are now evil while the APC is now saint. He shoud wait until 2018 or 2019 during campaigns/voting for people to know who and who is coming out for what and what position and from which party. It is high time we started voting based on the intergrity/past performance and life history of any person coming out for any position and not the party he or she belong to. I thank God for the response of the man of God Rev. Chidi, it is filled with the wisdom of God. One thing I know is that it had always been and will always be very difficult if not imposible to get the whole Igbos to vote for one person or belong to one party. The Igbos are never united when it comes to issue of voting because of the selfishness and fraudulent acts of some of our eldlers/political office seekers . Are the likes of Kalus, Obis, Elechis, Obianos, Okorochas, Ubas etc ready and willing to unite and be in the fore front of fighting for the interest of ndi Igbo ? If they can, then I strongly believe that the rest especially the youths will unanimously follow them. NDI OKENYE IGBO BU NSOGBU NDI IGBO NWERE.

  5. rua 19th April 2017 at 9:52 am

    Those who bring ant infested fire woods into their homes should be ready to welcome all species of lizards as tenants. How are the mighty fallen and the weapons of war perished? I pitty those who sold Assembles of God for a few pieces of silver due to filthy lucre!

  6. Onyewuchi Nze 19th April 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Kalu no doubt, is a big Igboman and has his followers. He also has his own personal interests. His, like every one else’s choice of a political party, rests on his or her perceived personal interests, and how best to realize them. So he is free to belong to any political, that he adjudges best, for the realization of those interests. He is also free to go everywhere to canvass for the support of his party, but I have my doubt, that the church building and premises in the right place to do so.

    Kalu’s personal interests are not necessarily the same as the interests of Christians or their clergy. Most of the clergy are far more educated than Kalu, and some are older. It should be a assumed that the clergy of Nigerian Christendom should be well versed in the history and current condition of Nigeria.

    Now coming to the Igbo, amongst who kalu is one of the recognized names and leaders. Has Kalu always identified with their interests. The answer is no. An example was during the 1999 PDP national convection. Kalu was one of those who betrayed the wish of the Igbos and worked against Alex Ekwueme. We should not hold this against him forever, but he must identify with Igbo interest to get the support of the Igbos. Mere visiting of the leader of IPOB is not sufficient enough.

    Now can APC be seen to be neutral vis-a-vis religion? My answer is that it is not likely. Some of my reasons are based in the formation of the party. No christian had a voice in the formation of the party. In the first interim executives of the party, consisting of those who formed it, there was not a single Christian. No christian and one Igbo man. The only Igbo man in that interim executive was a Muslim, aptly named Sharia Ikpeazu. When it is known that Muslim Igbos are less than zero point zero one percent of all Igbos, then one begins to wonder whether the choice of this unknown Igboman was deliberate or accidental.

    From this, one can clearly see that Christians in APC are all joiners and not actual founders. They were there to fill the numbers and fulfill the constitutional requirement, as well as enhance the party’s electability.

    President Buhari from his past utterances, is clearly a salafist. Salafism may be a political asset in the far north, where the president comes from, but certainly can not be a Nigerian political asset. President Buhari was known to be a patron of Mayetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN). MACBAN had been defending the marauding Fulani herdsmen and is in some quarters suspected to be sponsoring them. President Buhari participated in one such defense, when he led a delegation to Lam Adesina, over a retaliatory attack against the herdsman by some people in Oyo state. Can not this alone, put off Christians from APC?

    President Buhari once said that any attack on Boko Haram is an attack on Northerners. The corollary to this, is that any attack by Boko Haram is an attack by northern. Till date, he is not known to have apologized for that statement. Can not this alone, put Christians from president Buhari and his party.

    When the APC comes to the south, it will tell people, it is not a religious party, but in the north, it tells people that it is for Islam and that no Muslim should vote for other parties.

    So Oyegun, Kalu, and all Christians in APC are just joiners and do not know the real koko of the koko of APC. Kalu holds no post in APC, and is a late joiner of the party. I am not convinced he knows much about the real APC, not even the one Oyegun leads.

    My observations leads me to conclude that there are many classes of members in the real APC. 1st class are from the core North, 2nd class are Muslims from other parts of the north. 3rd class from southern Muslims, 4th class are from south western and northern Christians, the 5th class are Christians from the south east and south south. Salafist are taught to distrust Christians and only to cooperate with them till the opportune time.

  7. maduagwu nkemakolam 20th April 2017 at 1:57 am

    This habit of insulting people because of political or religious differences is very primitive and ungodly. Religious or political persuasion is a personal decision.
    Igbos cannot be in one political party. Those that belong to the ruling should use their position to help Igbo land.

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