By Masara Kim

The controversy that ex COCIN President, Rev. Prof. Pandang Yamsat's views on politics generated over the past few days is amazing.

Unfortunately news of the ex COCIN President's comments first broke on my blog.

No report on the blog has ever been shared as this. In fact, people circulated the report without attribution so much so that they were sending me the piece I wrote without knowing.

The reactions of people on the cleric's words I think have revealed the character of Plateau people.

We are always quick to judge and form inferences from leads and headlines, something psychologists would link to stereotypic tendencies and prejudice.

Frankly I thought this was only peculiar to supporters of the ruling party but it appears Plateau youths are generally cursed with this sense of shallow judgment.

The commentators failed to perceive the message in its totality and only paid attention to what suits them.

The Prof only used Lalong as a reference to say anyone whom God tells would be anything in life should not rush but ask God when such would happen and be patient at chasing such dreams.

He also observed that not all voices should be perceived to be God's voice as desperation according to psychologists has the tendency to induce dreams.

Prof. Yamsat didn't only talk about secular politics but also church politics. He was visibly disappointed at the way Christians pursue politics. His advice was that unity, patience and love must guide everyone in leadership or aspiring to lead.

I take full responsibility for anything having given prominence to the statement that God cannot call anyone to contest until he has finished with the incumbent.

I knew it was going to cause conflict but somehow expected the last few paragraphs of the report should save the day.

Unfortunately it has stuck him between two political gun barrels. While those in the ruling party feel he is campaigning against Lalong, those in the opposition feel he is campaigning for Lalong.

Yamsat has been a controversial preacher over time but his stance has always been for justice and fair play. He has declined gifts from governments and politicians severally just to maintain independence and authority in speaking truth to them.

Even if he has any political sentiments, knowing the current state of the nation and his public image as an upright spiritual leader, he wouldn't make them open.

Moreover, it was a funeral service that he made the assertions. He could make his political stance known anywhere but certainly not on the pulpit during funeral.

I am not speaking for him but having been at the funeral and in fact recorded the entire message, I am in sound position to explain moreso that I gave the piece that birthed the controversy.

Nonetheless, Plateau people must learn to give priority to things that matter. One person's comments cannot change an entire system.

They could influence opinions but the lessons of 2015 are enough to know that Nigerian electorates are no longer dependent on anyone to take decisions especially on matters of governance and political representation.