NATIONAL CONSENSUS MOVEMENT (NCM)
REPORT OF CONFERENCE
ENDING NATIONAL DISTRESS:
THE IMPERATIVE OF CHRISTIAN POLITICAL UNITY
Saturday 13th November 2021
The National Consensus Movement (NCM) held another meeting on 13th November 2021 as follow up to its meeting in October 2021. The goal of the NCM is to build Christian political unity as imperative prerequisite towards restoring balance and order in the polity.
National Consensus Movement (NCM) is a body of concerned Christians and Nigerians desirous of good governance, justice, equality, and fairness in the country. It is not an arm of any political party neither is it sponsored by any political interest group.
The Conference was chaired by Rev. Matthew Owojaiye on behalf of National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF).
Participants at the Conference include the leadership group of NCM, former Christian presidential candidate, the Directorate of Politics and Governance of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Lagos and Ogun States Branch, representative of NINAS, and representative of Christian Traditional Rulers.
The following are resolutions from the meeting:
1. NCM acknowledges that Nigeria is currently playing “politics of religion” that resulted in the latitude and audacity of jihadists who unleashed a reign of terror and destruction on the entire country.
2. The Conference resolved that if the impunity and lawlessness of the jihadists is to be checked, the Christian community should forge political unity to promote democracy and good governance. This will be in line with Isaiah 9: 6 that “government shall be upon his shoulder”. Christians must organize to provide Godly leadership for the Common Good of all.
3. The Conference affirms that NCM shall support and cooperate with Church Groups and Denominational leaders desirous of uniting and mobilizing Christians to forge Christian political unity. The Conference regrets that due to political disunity in the Church, Christians become minority during elections.
4. NCM does not have any preferred political candidate neither has it adopted any political party. The goal of the Movement is to encourage Christian political consensus.
5. The slogan of NCM is THINK NEW. The Movement calls on Nigerians to support new Political candidates that are untainted by the flagrant corruption and ineptitude that characterize the current political class. Nigeria requires NEW leaders, NEW methods, NEW people, and NEW strategies. THINK NEW.
6. The Conference decried information that there may be subterranean attempts to utilize judicial channels to scuttle Presidential election in 2023. Conference called on Church leaders to prepare to resist any attempt to transfer power through the Court and not through the ballot box.
7. The Conference is in support of elections in 2023 but is firm that no election should henceforth be conducted under the 1999 Constitution. The Conference is firm in its resolution that the 1999 Constitution must be replaced as the basic prerequisite for good governance, justice, equality, and fairness.
8. The Conference called on Christian leaders and Church Groups in the country to support the demand for a new Constitution for Nigeria.
9. Conference congratulates the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) for establishing Directorate of Politics and Governance, in like manner as Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN) and encourages all Christian Blocs to commence the same arrangement. Christians must no longer be shy of participation in politics because it is the channel of providing leadership for the country.
10. The Conference mandated the Leadership Group of NCM to write a letter to Church leaders all over the country to encourage their participation in building Christian political unity.
Rev. Matthew Owojaiye
Pastor Bosun Emmanuel
Bro. Gideon Ghajiga
Dr. Paul Gadzama
Prof. P. Bamaiyi
Prince Kola Bamigbade
Bro. Esanevoro Agbodo
Mrs. Ene Orgah
Pastor Edwin Ezeh
Engr. Abiodun Oni