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Director Inter-Religious Affairs of the church, Archbishop Joseph Dike, described politicians as businessmen using human beings as commodities to achieve their aims.
He spoke at a rally with the theme ‘celebrating the unity of Lagos in this centenary year’ in preparation for the centenary celebration of the church.
According to him: “All Nigerians should know that whatever they are doing to this country they are doing it to themselves.
“Political gladiators are businessmen and human beings are their commodities. It is us who should choose either to become tools to be destroyed or to make ourselves what we want to be.”
He described religion as one of the major tools politicians use to break the ranks of the masses.
Dike said: “Religion has always been the problem of man. God is never our problem because all of us agree that there is God, the only challenges we have is our approaches and our understanding of that approach to God.”
He stated Nigerians remained underdeveloped because “we are not thinking outside the box.”
No public sector, Dike added, “can sustain the economy and the growth of a nation, it is private initiatives that can sustain growth and development.”
On the significance of the rally, he said: “The unity feast is the first of its kind and it’s coming at a time in the history of Nigeria because in the country everyone knows that Nigeria is walking in the cliffs edge of tension.
“Olumba Olumba Obu has mandated that there is going to be a special universal charity day because the essence of Christianity is to visit the fatherless in their afflictions and the widows and to remember the plight of the people and also touch their lives.”