Satguru Guru Maharaj Ji, the founder of One Love family, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the “rants” of religious leaders in midwifing the birth of Nigeria’s 9th Republic, urging the President to place emphasis on merit in appointments into political offices.
Naija News reports that the clergyman made the call in a statement signed and issued to journalists at the weekend.
Maharaj Ji said the quest for a united and prosperous Nigeria is a patriotic strive that requires the hard work of patriots.
His words: “Public officers appointed or elected on the premise of religious sentiments cannot but be loyal to the parochial and troublesome sentiments that got them the offices they occupy. This has been a major weakness of our country’s evolution so far.
“I insist that the leadership of Nigeria’s Christian and Muslim communities should be fenced off the decision-making processes of the 9th Republic to the extent that their prescription sacrifices merit.
“In other words, religious leaders should join in advocating merit in the election and appointment of public officers. In this wise, they will be open to telling the truth that the spiritual capital needed to propel and protect Nigeria upward lies in the hands of Satguru Maharaj Ji,” he stated.
Speaking further, Maharaj Ji said, “Religion is a mega liability to national development. Sentiments of religion are parochial and are never able to meet the objective demands of genuine and sustainable national progress.
“I fervently advise that the shallow logic and the cheap emotions of religion should not be admitted into the enabling though-processes of the coming 9th Republic. Competence should instead be emphasised. Religion does not grow economies. It does not produce inventions.
“Religion is of no relevance to sound economic planning and transformation. Religion is a multi-dimensional burden that should not be allowed to weigh Nigeria down further,” he added.
The clergyman noted that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), cannot deny the carnage that religion is known for in the modern world except it chooses to defecate on the clean-white robe of moral truth and urinate on the priceless pages of authentic world history.
Maharaj Ji stressed that “A competent person is fundamentally a human being, not a Christian, not a Muslim, not a religious man or woman. As such, focus should be on setting standards that give proper access to competent Nigerians to run Nigeria’s government agencies and institutions, irrespective of their religious and ethnic tilting,” he added.