“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
– John 8:23
The attention of the Godwin Obaseki Campaign Organisation has been drawn to the mindless propaganda by the opposition to the effect that the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the September 10 Edo gubernatorial elections, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, plans to Islamize the state when elected governor.
All through this campaign – in their desperation to cause disaffection among the Edo electorate – they have continued to fabricate one malicious claim after the other, peddling wicked rumors against the person of Godwin Obaseki.
But we have always ignored their antics, choosing instead to focus our campaign on real issues affecting our people, and practical steps to address them. The Islamisation propaganda, however, is one we cannot afford to ignore. Though cloaked like a message from the hallowed pulpit, it is actually a lie from the pit of hell!
Watching the conduct of the major actors closely, particularly the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who is a professed pastor, one wonders how fanning the embers of resentment and promoting religious hatred in the name of politics falls within the tenets of Christianity?
Jesus tells his followers in John 13:35: “by this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” With Ize-Iyamu’s divisive politics and crude tactics, you are left to ponder whose disciple he is, really: as God is not an author of confusion?
Godwin Obaseki is certainly not a pastor, and has never claimed to be one. However, from his growing years in the vicarage (his grandparents set up the first Anglican Church in Benin City) he imbibed the chrsitain virtues of love, respect, humility, selflessness, honesty and sincerity, and continues to live by them till this day.
For the ‘Doubting Thomases’, consider attending service at St. Mathews Anglican Church, Benin City one Sunday, and when you turn around you just might find that Godwin Obaseki is the one seated on the pew next to you. The Bishop of the Diocese of Benin, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Peter Imasuen, can also attest to this fact.
So, isn’t it nonsensical and cruel that the PDP would choose to push the Islamisation propaganda against a Christian faithful? No matter how hard these dark forces try to muddle things up, Edo people can see beyond the deception; they know the truth!
The Nigerian constitution is clear on the place of religion in governance, and Godwin Obaseki, when elected governor, will respect the secular nature of Edo State and the nation. All persons, irrespective of their professed faith, shall practice their religion in full freedom, peace and harmony in Edo State.
God bless Edo State!
God bless Nigeria!
Barrister Osarodion Ogie,
Godwin Obaseki Campaign Organisation