Elections: Don’t kill yourselves over politicians - Catholic priest advises Nigerians

Elections: Don’t kill yourselves over politicians - Catholic priest advises Nigerians

- Rev Mathew Sukada, the Catholic priest in charge of the Church of Nativity, Jos, has cautioned Nigerians against killing each other over politicians

- Sukada said no politician is worth dying for and cautioned Nigerians to be wise and protect themselves against destruction

- The cleric also advised Nigerians yet to collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs), to do so immediately

As Nigerians prepare for the forthcoming general elections, Rev Mathew Sukada, the Catholic priest in charge of the Church of Nativity, Kangang, Jos, has cautioned citizens against killing each other over politicians.

“Do not kill yourselves over politicians; they do not even know you and will reconcile with each other after the elections, long after you are gone,’’ Sukada told the congregation during the Sunday, February 3 service, NAN reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that he said that no politician was worth dying for, adding that some of them were more concerned about their personal interests.

The priest particularly cautioned youths in the church against being used as thugs to kill and destroy.

He said: “Politicians seeking to use you for selfish reasons are ready to offer you peanuts to fight and kill on their behalf.

“When you get killed, they won’t remember you. When you get injured, they won’t have time for you. And when you are caught, they will deny you.

“You must learn to be wise and protect yourselves against destruction. As Christians, you have a duty to serve only God, your creator. Your loyalty should be to God, the giver of life.’’

Sukada advised the people to vote according to their conscience, and warned them against selling their votes.

“Your vote is your weapon against bad leadership. It is your weapon against injustice. Vote candidates that will listen to you and initiate policies that will promote and protect your interest.

“Reject any politician that offers you money to get your vote because such person, if voted into office, will not feel he owes you any responsibility after purchasing your vote.

“Nigeria belongs to all of us. We must collectively decide those that should lead us and take charge or our resources because we have enough to go round.

“We have had greedy leaders over the years. We must all take a stance to vote in good and responsible leaders for the benefit of all of us and future generations,’’ he said.

Sukada advised Nigerians yet to collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs), to do so “immediately’’, stressing that the PVC was “a very strong weapon no one should toy with’’.

He reminded Christians of the injunction to love one another, saying that they should also pray for each other.

“We must always pray for each other. We must love each other and be honest with one another. We must remember those in crises-ridden areas and pray for God’s intervention in the situations they are facing,’’ he said.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Catholic clergy or laity (members) were warned by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), to desist from publicly endorsing any candidate for political office.

The CBCN issued the warning in a statement issued by its president and archbishop of Benin City, Augustine Akubeze, and secretary and bishop of Ikot Ekpene, Camillus Umoh.

The bishops warned that ecclesiastical properties should not be used as platforms to support any political candidate or party.

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