- John Cardinal Onaiyekan, former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, has spoken about the forthcoming general election
- Onaiyekan has raised fears that due to sad realities in the country, Nigeria may split before the next poll in 2023
- The former Catholic Archbishop is of the opinion that incumbent government not wanting free and fair election is an obstacle threatening Nigeria's democracy
Abuja - Ahead of the next general election slated for February 2023, a former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has shared his thoughts.
Onaiyekan has raised fears that Nigeria cease to exist as a nation before 2023 because of the sad realities in the country such as the spate of insecurity across various states.
In an interview with Saturday PUNCH in Abuja, the former Catholic Archbishop stated that Nigerian leaders would always want to remain in office even after their tenure as a result of greed, wickedness and stupidity.
The cleric went on to note that one of the obstacles threatening democracy in Nigeria is the incumbent governments not wanting free and fair elections.
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“As for the election, we are not even sure whether Nigeria will be one country or whether we would have an independent country. So, those are issues we must face now. As for holding election, it is not a big deal really."
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Adeboye while wondering why politicians have started making preparations for 2023 in 2021. He noted that no one should be certain about the future, stressing that the future belonged to God.
2023: Governor Wike highlights challenges PDP will face in selecting presidential candidate
Meanwhile, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, on Thursday, December 2, said that the selection of a presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of the 2023 election would be turbulent.
Wike who spoke on a national television program said the process of selecting a presidential candidate for the party will not be an easy task.
Further highlighting the intricacies of the process, Wike said there are two different turbulence usually experienced by parties in such a situation.