Politics is a game only for the matured minds, but in Nigeria, politics has taken a different dimension. To some of its players, it is a dirty game that is a do-or-die affair.
As Nigerians anticipate the February 2015 general elections, political gladiators have begun electioneering and attacks on the person rather than on issues.
It is no secret that candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari has been severally accused of being a religious bigot. Some have even accused him of nursing the ambition to Islamise Nigeria if he becomes President of the country.
But his camp has denied such claims, accusing the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) of using the religious card to deceive many Nigerians.
Buhari recently attended a thanksgiving service in Lagos at the Redeemed Christian Church of God with his running mate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who is a pastor at RCCG. He was criticised for it and labelled a pretender by some of his critics.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s aide on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, has also joined those who have mocked Buhari on the issue.
‘Buhari attends thanksgiving in Lagos. How time changes. Next Gmb will be taking Holy Communion in this desperate bid for Power. Jesus is Lord,’ Okupe wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.