When a handshake goes past the elbow, one must put together for a fight, says Chinua Achebe in his book (things crumble). This commentary higher explains the relationship between the governor of the state of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola and his friends and admirers from the Baptists Church in Nigeria and the Christian affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) Osun Chapter, it’s hoped that the spirit of Christmas will reunite the two pals. Their disagreement emanated from the ongoing reclassification of faculties within the state that has not long past down smartly with the previous that seems to be rupturing their hither to tough relationship.
In April 22, 2013 the Baptist nationwide Centenary conference commenced at Osogbo, state of Osun, Mr. Governor Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola was the guest of honour, he got red carpet therapy from the Baptists. prior to the conference, the Baptists had challenges in getting the conference ground prepared because of scarcity of fund, it dawned on the leaders that they need to do whatever they might to acquire fund, it was once at this stage that the church leaders approached the governor of the state of Osun for financial assistance, as a way to keep away from failure in getting the conference ground ready for the d-day. The governor in his love, hospitality and liberality gave a sum of 25million naira to them in addition to 3acres of land. The convention ground used to be but to obtain certificate of Occupancy(C of O) and the Baptists leaders like Oliver Twist took the good thing about the hospitality of the governor, asked for the C of O for their land, Ogbeni in his government atypical fashion, and speedy directed the commissioner for Lands, Arc. Muyiwa Ige to get him the essential paperwork needed for the C of O, so that the Baptists may be aware of that they have gotten a real pal in Bola Ige house.
The governor did not go away the convention floor except the documents were signed and exceeded over to the Baptists. This motion of the governor was greater than a miracle to the leaders and laities. the entire convention ground erupted in ecstasy. The conference ground was charged with the shout of praise to God and commendation to a Muslim governor that gave the Baptists all their requests.
Aregbesola commended the Baptists national convention for selecting Osun, for his or her centenary social gathering. The governor mentioned “your intervention in schooling on the main, secondary and university- Bowen university at Iwo, the primary generation of the oldsters in Osun benefited from the Baptist training. The hand of God is in this state and this is the reason your presence here is welcome.” The governor further informed the congregation that “it is faith and moral values that preserve the society together”.
The president of the Baptist convention, Rev. Dr. Ayokunle was once very happy with the governor for his extraordinary generosity and hospitality and thereafter, suggested the baptismal title of the Osun governor to be “Rueben.” He thanked the governor for his financial and moral reinforce given to them which no any governor has ever performed for them.
then again, the governor preferred the identify Nathaniel to Rueben Governor Aregbesola quoted John1 vs 47 the place Jesus Christ mentioned “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is not any guile”. religion the governor stated will haven’t any that means if people do not know we’re consultant of God on earth. religion manner love, team spirit, oneness together with your maker.
As 2013 is set to finish, the Baptists leaders had forgotten that Aregbesola didn’t just most popular Nathaniel as a reputation but share all that characterised the life of the Biblical Nathaniel, Aregbesola does now not and can by no means deceived any man, he imagine that the aim of man on this planet is to serve God and render services to fellow beings in whatever place a man could occupy. Aregbesola while donating 25 million naira to the Baptists centenary conference used to be rendering service to God even though a religious Muslim, the governor was once given a Bible and he obtained the present enthusiastically.
The Baptists have additionally forgotten the message of Nathaniel Aregbesola on the aim of faith which he claimed was once for us to reside in love and solidarity. today, Pastor Nathaniel shouldn’t be a person of God, but a man purported to be on the direction of Islamizing the state where he hosted his Baptists lavishly. Governor Aregbesola is just like the legend Cassius Clay later identified and known as Muhammed Ali. Ali got pleasure in being different, most of all he favored being himself. He refused to battle in conventional manner. A boxer on a regular basis keeps his gloves up towards his head and upper physique, ready to parry a blow. Ali likes to keep his arms low, it sounds as if inviting assault- however he’s sooner than different boxers, and one of the simplest ways to entice the opponent’s chin just shut sufficient for Ali to snap a jab, by way of reducing his fingers. Ali’s unconventional ways defeated Sonny Liston twice, compelled Joe Frasier to kiss the canvass in Kinshasa at-“The Rumble within the Jungle” fight.
Nathaniel Aregbesola, a Muslim gave them money to finish Christian conference ground, no one accused him of non secular bigotry, when C of O was issued in an unconventional method, and he was celebrated as the Nathaniel on who is not any guile. When Iwo Baptist high school was once chosen as one of the vital variation faculties to be constructed at the cost of 1.3billion, the governor used to be on the great e book of the church. How come that the products that Aregbesola have done no longer simplest to the Baptists but to the Catholic and Methodists had been forgotten below six months handiest to be labeled with that of a jihadist. If Baptists had been in trance, the Christian association of Nigeria (CAN) can not fall in to the identical trance. Are we not in this u . s . when Pastor Oluwole Obadare was once buried few months ago and the identical Aregbesola administration spent 30 million naira for his burial? Is that how a Muslim governor can Islamize a state? Early this year the Christian affiliation of Nigeria Osun chapter sought and gotten acclaim for a sum of 10 million for their secretariat from the identical government they’re now falsely accusing of islamization.
How about his fellow Muslim, they too can accuse the governor of favoring the Christian in opposition to the Muslim, for the entire help which have been given to the Christians in the state.
Ki le ni a se o te fin bi nu, a o bi nu eru a bi nu omo ki le ni a se te fi nbi nu?( what have we finished that provoke you, we’re neither towards the slaves nor in opposition to the genuine born)
The composition of the state executive is biased in opposition to the Muslims. Out of the 34 participants, the Christian participants are 22, the legislators too contains of 2/three Christian individuals. nearly all of the judicial individuals are Christians.In Yoruba land, the people don’t struggle over religion, it’s because there is not any group within the South West that has a mono faith; our secularism in Yoruba land lets in husband and wife to belong to totally different religions without any trouble. Two of our governors within the South West even supposing working towards Muslims they’re efficiently married to Christians.
The bitter actuality is that all public schools belong to the government since the promulgation of 1975 September decree that gave the power of ownership of schools to the government. If there is any state in the Federation that may return faculties to the missionaries out of kindness, such gesture should no longer be abused, it’s because if such gesture is challenged in the court the plaintiff stands to win.
this is due to the supremacy of the regulations of the Federation over that of the states according to section1 sub part three of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “If any other regulation is inconsistent with the provisions of this constitution, the structure shall succeed, and that different legislation shall to the extent of the inconsistency be void”.The names of those colleges in basic terms reminded us that they had been as soon as dependent by using the former house owners. If we look at the Tenancy regulation in Nigeria when a person abandons its property for 12 years with out accumulating any employ, it loses its property to the occupier, if alternatively, it impacts individual and the state the forfeiture takes place after two decades.
So, the schools that the government have taken over for the past 35 years, is there any legislation that may strengthen the repossession? None so far as i know. Let the religious bodies cool down and call to mind how they may be able to additionally mission into new school projects to counterpoint government effort at revamping the educational sector.
nEso writes from Oshogbo