President Buhari warns religious leaders ahead of 2019 elections

President Buhari warns religious leaders ahead of 2019 elections

Ahead of the 2019 general election, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, October 13, advised religious leaders in the country to abstain from partisan politics.

According to The Punch, the president at the Interfaith Initiative For Peace Conference tagged “Religious harmony in Nigeria: Towards the 2019 general election” in Abuja, said religious leaders engaging in partisan politics or political controversies risked losing public respect.

President Buhari said his advice became necessary having witnessed the roles religious leaders have been playing so far ahead of the elections.

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Buhari said: “Very soon, political campaigns will commence leading to elections in February next year.

“Having witnessed the roles our religious leaders have been playing so far, I appeal to them to eschew partisan politics and appeal to their respective members to read the manifestos of each political party, discuss and pray for God’s guidance before casting their votes.

“Religious leaders should not be seen to involve themselves in partisan politics or political controversies. Otherwise, they risk losing their status and public respect.”

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In a previous report by, the presidency has announced the placement of 50 high-profile Nigerians on travelling ban.

The identities of the individuals were not disclosed. But according to a statement from the presidency, those on watch list include Nigerians with assets valued at N50million and above are subject of corruption investigation and litigation.

The statement was signed by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu

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