Of Fred EzeAbuja
Senior Leaders of the Anglican Church in Nigeria have condemned the recent decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to field candidates of the same Muslim-Muslim faith in the upcoming presidential election of 2023.
Church leaders have described the decision as an insult to the sensitivities of Christians in Nigeria, suggesting that the decision be reversed or that Nigerians, especially Christians, do not vote for the party.
Venerable Ben Ndume of St. James Anglican Church (Anglican Communion), Asokoro, Abuja recorded the displeasure of the church in Abuja on Sunday at the end of their church service to unveil their 2022 harvest activities.
He said the 2022 harvest activities are an opportunity for their members to come before God in thanksgiving and appreciation for his blessings and protection during the period so that they may be worthy to also seek his protection and other blessings to come.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the service, Venerable Ndume said the APC’s decision to field candidates of the same faith was not fair and it could affect their chances in the 2023 general elections.
He said: “It is regrettable that despite several warnings from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other stakeholders, the APC has chosen candidates of the same religion to fly their flag in the elections. of 2023. This does not reflect inclusiveness and justice.
“The party must know that no religion has a monopoly on knowledge and human capacity in Nigeria. Nigeria is a secular state and we should recognize that. No one should insult the sensitivities of others in Nigeria.
“APC’s decision has vindicated fears, and also underscores the fact that there is a scheme to Islamize Nigeria, but it will be possible if Nigerians allow it. They are therefore expected to express themselves and decide through their votes.
He however urged Christians to pray for Nigeria, its government and themselves, pointing out that there is palpable fear, panic and suspicion across the country, and no one can guarantee what will happen in the next minute.
Another church leader, Arinze Gideon, told reporters that the church supported the growing call for extending the deadline for voter registration to allow more people to participate in the political process that would herald the emergence of a new set of political leaders in Nigeria. come 2023.
He said: “A few weeks ago we approached the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and demanded their presence here at our church premises for the registration exercise, and they forced us to do this request. For two Sundays they were there to register people. In fact, they were overwhelmed by the number of people who showed interest in the process. A system failure also contributed to the problem.
“Nevertheless, there are indications that thousands, if not millions, of people have not registered and are eager and eager to register. It would be unfair for them to be deprived of their rights. We therefore support the call and ask INEC to extend the deadline to allow more people to register so that they can participate in the exercise that will lead to the election of new government officials in 2023.”