Speaker Tambuwal attacks PDP, says supporting party “undignified”

With less than two weeks to the March 28 presidential election, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has said that a vote for the Peoples Democratic Party will undermine the self-worth of every Nigerian.

Mr. Tambuwal said if he and some of his colleagues in the National Assembly wanted the easy option for themselves, they would not have moved away from the PDP but would have remained in the party and make themselves richer for it.

A statement issued by his spokesman, Imam Imam, on Monday said Mr. Tambuwal made the remarks Sunday night when he addressed a Town Hall meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Tsafe Emirate, Zamfara State.

He said since 1999, the PDP has proven to be incapable of steering the ship of state in an effective manner, adding that for Nigerians to regain their dignity and self-worth, they must join hands to vote out the party from power.

“Many patriotic Nigerians who felt the need to change the course of our country have protested the inept administrative style visited on this country. They made their voices known by abandoning the PDP and teaming up with progressive-minded Nigerians.

“Remaining in the PDP would have the easy option for us. We would have been richer and would been enjoying the benefits of being in the same political camp with the Federal Government. But we chose a different option because we felt enough is enough. We felt Nigeria deserves better leadership that is why we are in the APC.
“So a vote for PDP would be undignified. We must re-discover our self-worth as a people, we must move the country forward,” the Speaker added.

Mr. Tambuwal is a former member of the PDP. He became speaker on the platform of the party, but later dumped it late 2014.

The PDP-led federal government tried but failed to unseat Mr. Tambuwal after he defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Speaking at the event attended by traditional rulers and other interest groups at the Emirate, Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, commended Mr. Tambuwal and the House of Representatives for their patriotic stand to issues, and assured the people of Tsafe Emirate of his commitment to provide quality representation when elected for a second term in the coming election.


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  • Sam

    Nigeria will be free from the shackels of every satanic leader that hates peace

  • Umar Dendi

    Indeed, Mr Speaker!

  • Salisu Dan-Gombe

    See and hear who is talking !!!

  • the truth

    lol, this nigerian anywhere belle face politicians. bring more money and u would see him singing pdp tunes. the same man that defended pdp now he is out and he is busy criticizing them. mr speaker u have no electoral value, u can’t even win your ward. the same party that gave u d platform is the same party u are castigating.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      @the truth,

      If this choice of nom de guerre you have chosen to be identified with, is important to you, the least you could do is to be faithful to it.

      Even as a card-carrying member of the PDP, Mr. Tambuwal was always the “Speaker” for his primary constituent and not a “PDP Speaker”

      How can you truthfully and unabashedly label him as a “PDP tune singer”?

    • tundemash

      I guess just like your PDP vuvuzela druggie FFK…

  • progress

    No peace loving Nigerian should contemplate voting for the PDP, the destruction done to Nigeria is better imagined.

    • only a thief will align his thoughts with that of certificate forgers and drug convicts

      • GEJisaDISASTER

        Advice GEJ to start packing from Aso Rock. This wind of change will leave him with only two options; the Gbagbo way or the Abacha way.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Mr. Speaker you absolutely right.

    • The used Akintola against Awo then killed him–only for them to move into Abiola–hired him to abuse Awo again———then killed him with his wife-kudirat——————–only those who are suffering from brain fag-will ever take the rantings of a man who stole what belongs to the south west serious—he is not different from the chief of certificate forgers buhari-ati tinubu

      • GEJisaDISASTER

        Tambuwal, Tinubu and Buhari are more honorable than any member of your family. Nigerians has never seen any Orbuka as a Speaker of the House of Representatives, a governor or Military Head of State.

  • Elijah Moses

    Yoruba Christians will be very naive if………….

    The purpose of going to school is to have and sharpen one’s ability to reason.
    Yoruba Christians are likely the best educated groups in Nigeria, but alas, they
    are becoming the least thinking. I am writing this letter out of extreme anger plus
    huge dis-appointment with Yoruba Christians who are being led by the nose to a
    slaughterhouse by the Muslims but told they’re just being taken on a frolic.

    What is progressive in Muhammadu Buhari’s ATAVISM to take Yorubaland by the scruff
    of the neck and throw it back inside the 1804 A.D Islamic Jihad of the Sokoto Caliphate?

    What is progressive in the rulership by a man showing just a primary school certificate?
    What is progressive in the APC announcing a plan to enact Sharia Law in the 36 states –
    given that nation-wide Sharia Law is a good definition of an Islamic State of Nigeria?
    Muslims are defining “Islamism” as “progressive” for otherwise educated Christians to accept.
    Whereas, APC is out and out an Islamic organization – full of Alhajis – signifying nothing.

    • Akiika

      You’re so ignorant! you need help.

    • SAM .A

      You have lost your conscience & the spirit of God in you to descend into the muddy partisanship ,a Religious bigot like u, a creek monkey or e-rat from SE. Listen ,there is nothing like Yoruba Christians or Muslim , it is only in your deluded mind. Yorubas are one. Christians & Muslims are in same family ,no division , & your psychiatric mind can not creat one where it doesn’t exist. We are not Ibo or Ijaw we are Yorubas with our tradition & culture as it exists in your tribe. Stop writing NONSENSE about Yoruba to make yourself happy. For your info ,we also have traditional worshipers .

    • tundemash

      Creek rat yoruba christians or yoruba muslims only exist in your infantile mind ! Go get a life, amnesty “awoof” must end May 29th!

    • Etomi

      Spot-on!
      In less than two weeks after the bombing of the UN headquarters in Abuja, the governor of Kano State, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso ordered 20 members of Boko Haram released as part of celebrations of the end of the holy month of fasting. Vanguard Newspaper of August 30, 2011 quotes him: “As a government, we consider all Islamic and Christian religious sects the same. It is the duty of government to embrace all religious groups toward peaceful coexistence among citizens.”
      And Kwankwaso and Buhari (who is notorious for his religious bigotry), inveterate Boko Haramists are leaders of APC!

  • Longjo Augustine Yusuf

    PDP knows that, that is why they are busy bribing traditional rulers, clerics, youths and women organisation in the name of soliciting for support

    • P.Jones

      ISLAMIST BEHEADING OF HUMAN beings IS THE EPITOME OF EVIL.
      YOU THAT LOVE THE LORD…..and loves Jehovah…MUST HATE EVIL:

      • Interogator

        THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, AND, THEREFORE

      • Akiika

        Get a life! this religion nonsense ain’t working. If you think it is a particular religion that makes people do heinous crimes, you need to go treat your ignorance.

  • C3kwe

    Mr Tambuwal, you are the most despicable and dishonorable man ever lived on the surface of the earth. If you want to be listened to, resign first as a member of the house of Representatives on Pdp ticket and re-contest under your apc. Shameless pig

    • Progress

      Winston Churchil changed party to contest on the LP ticket. It is actually honorable to risk losing pecks of office than hobnobbing with a failure like Jonothin

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        Did Winston CHurchil steal the Conservative party MANDATE like TAMBUWAL has tolen the PDP MANDATE?

        • Progress

          PDP has no mnadate pls. The mandate belong to people who if not supportive of his CHANGE has constitutional right to recall him! Infact, it is constituents that granted him the mandate in the first case that asked him to transfer the mandate to APC from PDP. Political parties are just vehicle of the voters wish.

          • SAM .A

            Thank you brother, for educating this stiff naked and an ignorant e rat.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            APC BRAIN DEAD EDUCATION is A SIN before MAN and GOD!!!

        • Progress

          FYA!
          PDP has no mandate pls. The mandate belong to the people who if not supportive of his CHANGE has constitutional right to recall him! Infact, it is his constituents that gave him the mandate in the first case that asked him to transfer the mandate to APC from PDP. Political parties are just vehicle of the voters wish.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            Did Ameachi contest the 2007 election or was it PDP that contested without Amaechi and won? The constitution is very Clear on this. Only registered parties contest elections in Nigeria. Stop SPREADING APC FALSEHOOD!!!

      • C3kwe

        But the dishonorable speaker is no Sir Winston Churchill.

        • Progress

          Get the context right or just take a pill and go back to bed. Thank God March 28 is just days ahead. haba!

        • Progress

          Take easy man! Morally or in law, PDP has no mandate pls. The mandate belong to the people who if not
          supportive of his CHANGE has constitutional right to recall him!
          Infact, it is his constituents that gave him the mandate in the first
          case that asked him to transfer the mandate to APC from PDP.
          Political parties are just vehicle of the voters wish.

          • C3kwe

            It is you who needs a pill

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            Don’t mind the APC LIAR!!!

          • C3kwe

            Thank you my brother, they are all loose cannon.

  • It’s really sad to have APC act as if it has erasablée memory stick installed in its drug infested skull——–Look at tambuwal–a thief who is trying to reap from where he did sow–Was it not the same PDP on whose platform he was made Speaker-that he istrying to destroy today in Nigeria–?Biting the fingers that fed most of them traitors in APC—-Well where are the fulanis–are they not with their brother buhari the certificate forger in APC? Tambuwal who stole what rightly belongs to the Yorubas-and took it to his Fulani ENCLAVE–is also talking when Real Nigerians are contributing to the National discourse———————A thief like Tambuwal who snatched what belongs to the Yorubas has no moral right to rear his urgly head in public–no way—why should the certificate forgers and drug convicts in APC be the one to shape things for us–in Nigeria-why—I am yet to see a country–make a certificate forger her president—-or a man who played wayo an ethnic group-d yorubas-a governor

  • Eze1

    Tambuwal was part of the rotten egg system, so he should talk less.

  • This Election Will Be Violent And Many People Will be Killed – Mallam El-Rufai – “The next election (2015) is likely to be violent and many people are likely going to die. And the only alternative left to get power is to take it by force, this is the reality on ground” – by Malam Nasir El-Rufai.-
    THIS IS WHY YOU MUST REJECT THESE EVIL AND BLOODTHIRSTY GROUPS IN APC.

    • GEJisaDISASTER

      Nigerians are tired with GEJ and his gang of thieves. God has rejected him that’s why you see him running from pillar to post trying to do in 6weeks what he could not do in 6yrs. The handwriting on the wall is clear to everyone except the Ijaws

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    TAMBUWAL’S DICTIONARY:
    Be A MANDATE THIEF to be DIGNIFIED_PDP MANDATE BARAWO (THIEF) TAMBUWAL.

    • tundemash

      Cry baby …. his consituency gave him the mandate and if they so wish could have recalled him ! By the way, since PDP has the majority… how come he couldn’t be impeached ?

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        Do you remember the NASS FRACAS? His constituency gave the mandate tp PDP and not TAMBUWAL!!

        • tundemash

          Was the one that hapened when Dumbo used police to block the House of Rep. claiming Tambuawal was no more the Speaker ?

          Guess what; was same Tambuwal not welcomed by same Dumbo into Aso Rock as Honourable Speaker to the council of state meeting 4 weeks ago?
          Dumbo had finished playing with your feeble mind and then went back on same issue cl0wn !

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            The one that happened when the IG ENFORCED the Law of the land!!!

          • tundemash

            And Dumbo broke same law when he welcomed Honourable Speaker into Aso Rock to the Council of State meeting 4 weeks ago ?

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            GEJ is the DEMOCRAT and RULE of Law practitioner to the CORE.

          • tundemash

            and the IG of police is the thug who doesn’t follow the rule of law or how come the IG and Dumbo took different actions on same issue ? And who does the IG of police report to?

            And back to the question you dodge cry baby:

            why hasn’t the members of the house impeached Tambuwal even with PDP majority ? Last time I checked the IG of police isn’t a member of the House of Rep. nor the Sergeant-at-arms!

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            It is the responsibility of the leadership of the house to sanction erring members and not OTHERWISE!!
            How can a culprit like TAMBUWAL sanction members of his CRIMINAL DEFECTORS gang?

          • tundemash

            Creek rat, what brand of snuff did you smoke today ? The questions were;

            1. how come the IG and Dumbo took different actions on same issue ? And who does the IG of police report to?

            2. why hasn’t the members of the house impeached Tambuwal even with PDP majority ? Last time I checked the IG of police isn’t a member of the House of Rep. nor the Sergeant-at-arms!

            What has leadership of house sanctioning member got to do with this creek rat?

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            DECENT democratic practice not the TAMBUWAL’S MANDATE THIEFING (BARAWO) PRACTICE!!!

          • tundemash

            You are just a feeble mind blown around by propaganda……answer the queries and you are just toiling up and down! You are just a d@ft time-waster !

  • Akiika

    He has a point, it is indeed easier for him to stay put at PDP, he could easily be back as the speaker but he left…give him some credit, but he is for sure culpable in the impunity in the polity. The NASS have been a yes man of the presidency for a long time, so long as they are getting themselves illegally rich. The beginning of change is in 12 days!

  • Examiner

    ALHAJI AMINU TAMBUWAL, THERE IS SOMETHING CALLED HONOUR.
    IT STARTS FROM SHOWING HONESTY IN EVERY LITTLE THING IN LIFE.
    IN POLITICS, IT STARTS BY YOUR ASKING THIS HONEST QUESTION, VIZ:

    • Hanky

      ATTENTION FOREIGN EMBASSIES:

      APC can never win any state in Southern Nigeria

      The Yoruba Muslims in coalition with Hausa/Fulani Muslims comprising the APC party
      have just one devious objective: i.e; to create confusion and mayhem in the lead up to
      the 2015 election in the evil hope that the mayhem they shall have themselves created
      will project image of serious instability to foreign countries to enable APC apparatchiks
      then get a hearing on the formation of appointed persons as an INTERIM GOVERNMENT.
      President Jonathan must NEVER allow this evil ploy to work, having had hints of it now via
      shibboleths; such as “dog-and-baboon will soak in blood” & “parallel government”.
      APC can NEVER win a free and fair election in any of the 17 states in southern Nigeria.
      The 300 years’ documented history of southern Nigeria forbid APC’s type of evil Islamism.

  • Wähala

    Speaker Tambuwal says…
    The incorruptible talked and talked, but the corrupt didn’t listen nor change their corrupt practices…
    So, the incorruptible teamed up with like minds in the progressive Party and left the incorrigible behind in the PDP…
    Thus, when the cream of the crop insist on changing the trend of perks for a few while the majority wallows in abject poverty, it is the quest for “self-worth” and the need to reposition Nigeria for recovery that makes it “undignified” to for any self-respecting Nigerian to vote for the PDP cabal and continuation of ineptitude, incompetence, mega-corruption… As epitomized by Dr. Dumbo!

    • warry

      And the incorruptible are Sanni Abacha,IBB,Abdulsalami,Sanusu Lamido Sanusi, Murtala Nyako,Rotimi Amaechi, OBJ,Tinibu,Buhari,

      • GEJisaDISASTER

        Diezani alone stole more money than all these people you mentioned put together

      • terfa

        Warri, Abacha, ibb and adusalam abubakar are all supporters of gudluck

  • Court Reporter

    Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal:

    In three days’ time this is what will happen……

    “The case challenging the eligibility of the APC presidential candidate,
    General Muhammadu Buhari, to contest for the 2015 elections over the
    genuineness of his secondary school leaving certificate (WASC) is still
    in court. On February 23rd, the Federal High Court Judge, Justice Ademola,
    adjourned the case till March 19 to enable the court hear all
    applications; including those seeking for joinder. According to report by Channels
    Television in Abuja, there are 13 lawsuits instituted against the APC’s
    presidential candidate – General Buhari – challenging his eligibility to contest
    the March 28 presidential election.“

  • Spoken word

    Jonathan and his cohorts have done untold damage to this country. The damage done to this country has to be reversed as soon as possible unless we all want to be living in a poverty ridden country forever.

  • favourtalk

    They will never rule us again. Nigerians are ready with our cards to do justice to the needful, we can’t just fold our arms and pretends all is well with out country when it is not, the reign of PDP has come to an end, we need change now

  • Maitama Tambari

    Premium Times, why did you removed my reply to Court Reporter? I have said it many a times that if you do not want Nigerians to share my comment with them on current issues, you should unsubscribe me, but you continue to email me when I can get same news item and my comments respected. WE BELIEVE CHANGE! YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.

  • agbobu

    A WORD IS VERY ENOUGH FOR THE WISE. GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND THE PDP PLEASE STOP ARM TWISTING JEGA AS THIS ELECTION MUST BE VERY FREE, VERY FAIR, VERY CREDIBLE AND VERY VERIFIABLE. GOODLUCK JONATHAN ANYTHING SHORT OF THESE ARE VERY UNACCEPTABLE AND NOT OPTIONS. THOSE WANTING TO CIRCUMVENT THESE ELECTIONS MUST THINK TWICE BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO EAT THE VERY DEADLY FOOD THAT THEY ARE PREPARING..WE THE PEOPLE SAY RIG THIS ELECTION AND DIE.

  • Ayelala

    You can see the fingerprint of three people all around. Those fingerprints belong to Anenih, Akpabio and patience

  • deji

    Those making hate speeches and using derrogatory remarks on Nigerians are all in PDP. PDP undignify Nigerians…

    Thank God the day of reckoning is here. Nigerians will fight for their dignity and honour…

    (1) “Our people do not give birth to uncountable children. Our men don’t give birth to children they dump in the streets. We are not like people from that part of the country (North)”.

    – Patience Jonathan..

    (2) “The Igbos are collectively unlettered (illiterates), uncouth (unrefined), uncultured (savages),unrestrained (wild), and crude (primitive) in all their ways!”

    – Femi Fani-Kayode. Director, Media and Publicity, President Jonathan’s Campaign.

    (3) Arthur Eze in the presence of Jonathan, said the following:

    “That short man called Ngige, we gave him power and he went and joined Awolowo’s people; the people that killed the Igbos.”
    – Arthur Eze, PDP chieftain

    (4) “Yoruba, totally ungrateful people”
    – Ahmadu Ali, Former PDP National Chairman and Director General, Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation..

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Just as supporting APC is unconscionable and ungodly.

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  • Ismail Ibrahim Bakori

    Tambuwal is a man of contradictory past. In May, 2012 Boko Haram bombed a Church close to the railway line not far from Abuja junction in Kaduna. This same shamless character never condemned the terrorists act. Only for the same Tambuwal to condemned the counter attack against the bombers based on caliphate, primodial, ethno religious and born to rule considerations. Tambuwal and his co-travellers are pretenders if not why annointed Buhariyya as candidate instead of a more credible personality like Audu Ogbe? Is it because Ogbe is a Christian minority from the North? The last time it was MKO Abiola a muslim from the south west. Yet predator northern elites denied him the presidency and even killed his wife in the process.

  • maureen

    President Goodluck Jonathan nor his major challenger in this month’s presidential elections, Muhammadu Buhari, can make Nigeria better unless the foundation of the country is restructured, the leader of the Odua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, has said.
    Mr. Adams, who spoke on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, said the constitution upon which Nigeria is governed is defective and should be changed.
    “When we are looking for original change in Nigeria, it’s not about the individual or personality,” he said at the Lisabi Day Celebration in Abeokuta. “It’s about the constitution, the system, the institution. You can only change the system through a genuine constitution by the people.”
    “The constitution given to us in 1999, no millions of Buhari can move this country forward without a constitutional change; no millions of Jonathan can move it forward, if you don’t change the constitution.
    “If you don’t practise true federalism according to the way it should be practised like in the United States, Nigeria cannot move forward.”
    Mr. Adams, who supports Mr. Jonathan’s re-election bid, added that “to move this country forward for a change, we must change the constitution first.
    “We must change the structure and we must re-orientate our people. But for you to re-orientate our people, the document for running the country, the constitution, must change because when you have a bad book to run the country, there is no way the orientation and psyche of the people can change.”
    While mentioning some of the arrangements he considers defective in the Nigerian structure, Mr. Adams said, “You can imagine, the individual state cannot control their own security, the order must come from Abuja; the states cannot control their own electricity.
    “You can imagine, cases have to be decided finally by the Supreme Court in Abuja. These are some of the things we corrected in the recent National Conference that ended last year.
    “About 633 recommendations were passed to the government and we categorized them in three sectors–the Judiciary, the Legislature and the Executive – so that Nigeria can move forward. There is a limit to which we can blame Jonathan.”
    Defending his call for practise of true federalism, Mr. Adams said if Borno State had its own state police, the Boko Haram crisis  would not have gotten out of hand as the state government would have checkmated the insurgents before calling on the federal police.
    “But in a situation where you are expecting orders from Abuja, only one structure of police with a population of 200 million people and 243 ethnic nationalities, it will be extremely difficult,” he said. “Every nationality will play the game in the interest of his ethnic nationality in the system.”
    The leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group also stated his reason for supporting Mr. Jonathan’s re-election bid.
    “The issue of Jonathan is not much problem,” he said. ” Although he has his own shortcoming, based on the issue of the Chibok girls and others, security challenges, but this man has tried his own best and this man has promised that he would implement the outcome of the National Conference.
    Speaking on his opposition to Mr. Buhari’s candidature, Mr. Adams said “the problem I have with Buhari is that he was one of the people who criticised that conference when we were being nominated as delegates. And my brother, (Bola) Tinubu was the one that said that it’s a diversionary tactics. Buhari does not believe in the progressive ways.”
    Mr. Adams spoke further on his disagreement with former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, who is a leader of Mr. Buhari’s All Progressives Congress.
    “Tinubu was one of the people we learnt true federalism from. I learnt true federalism from Tinubu. We saw him as a hero 12 years ago but a sudden change in his ideology gave me a serious thought,” he said.
    “I don’t have any serious issue about them because I’m not a government official but notwithstanding I have the right to defend my own future. I’m leading an organization of millions of people and I will not lead them the wrong way.
    “If it is the wish of President Jonathan to implement the outcome of the National Conference, let him be the president for a second term. That’s our position. That’s the position of OPC, Gani Adams, Fasehun. That’s the position of Afenifere. That’s the position of the Yoruba Council of Elders, that’s the position of many self-determination groups.
    “Yet some civil society groups have kept quiet on these issues. So, we need to move this country forward on the basis of structure and not about saying Buhari will come to perform miracle. When Buhari was in power, it was Buhari/Idiagbon government, not only Buhari. Idiagbon did much of the job in government. Buhari was just the administrator. Idiagbon was the master-strategist of that government.”
    On the teenage girls kidnapped last April from their school in Chibok, Borno State, the OPC leader said he believed the girls were no more on Nigeria soil,and therefore called on Federal Government to beam its search on the neighbouring countries of Chad and Niger
    “You are talking of Chibok girls. I believe those girls are not in Nigeria. If they were, they could have got them back. I believe the government should search beyond Nigeria. They should search Niger and Chad. We should look beyond Nigeria. 230 girls within age range of 15 years and you say they are still within our territory. It’s not easy with the kind of security network we have in this country.”
    Speaking further on how he believes Nigeria is being governed, Mr. Adams said, “Nigeria has got to a stage that our system is over-rotten. We have got to a stage that we are recycling some families in government since the 60s and we are recycling some Mafia.
    “When we are looking for original change in Nigeria, it’s not about the individual or personality.”
    On Nigeria’s various culture, Mr. Adams said government was not doing enough to promote it; but explained that since the  government could not do it alone,there should be a synergy between the government and private organizations.
    “In the whole world, it’s not only government that promotes culture or sustain identity. Nigeria is a complex nation; we have about 242 ethnic nationalities. So, every nationality has to take its destiny in its own hands. You must not depend on the government.
    “If you depend on the government, it will be confused. Which one should we promote amongst the others and there is no culture that is inferior. So, it’s a duty and responsibility for individual ethnic nationalities to make sure they promote their culture. When it’s becoming popular, the government, whether state or federal will want to be part of it.
    “Outside the shores of Nigeria, when a good thing comes from your compound though it doesn’t belong to your family, you’ll tell outsiders that this is part of my family. But in a situation where you don’t package it well, you don’t organize it well, you don’t inform people about the uniqueness and goodness of it,
    definitely they will not align with it. Even if we are doing anything, a person who does not have knowledge of religion will continue to demonize it.”
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