Politicians using religion as divisive tool – Ozekhome
Nigerian politicians are using religion as a mechanism of divide and rule, a federal government delegate at the National Conference, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, has said.
“I want to ask a question: why are we suddenly discriminating against ourselves. Religion is being used, as Karl Marx once said, as opium of the masses to oppress the people. It is by the elites of our people,” he said.
“I am of a Muslim family; my father and my mother were Muslims. In my house, we have as many Muslims as we have Christians and I send many of them to Mecca on the Hajj as one of the five pillars of Islam. We don’t discriminate,” the lawyer said.
He added that: “What is going on in the North East Nigeria does not seem to concern many of us because we are in the comfort of our homes either in Abuja, or in Lagos, or in Port Harcourt or in Enugu….”
Citing a portion of the Holy Quran, he said when the people of Mecca wanted Prophet Mohammed to worship their gods, he told them, “I worship not that which you worship nor do you worship that which I worship. Do not expect me to worship that which you worship nor should I expect you to worship that which I worship. To you your religion and to me my religion.”