- Most Rev. Prof. Peter Chukwu Nworie recent comments concerning the 2023 general elections continues to generate reactions
- The Association of Ebonyi Indigenes Socio-Cultural In the Diaspora has commended the Catholic Bishop of Abakaliki diocese for his courage
- The group also warned the Ebonyi state government against any attempt to intimidate the Bishop over his comments
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FCT, Abuja - The Association of Ebonyi Indigenes Socio-Cultural In the Diaspora (AEISCID) has commended the Catholic Bishop of Abakaliki diocese, Most Rev. Prof. Peter Chukwu Nworie for his recent comments concerning the 2023 general elections.
The AEISCID commended the Bishop for his courage demonstrated in counseling the body of Christ in general and the Catholic community in particular on the choices before them in the 2023 general elections.
The Ebonyi indigenes, however warned against unnecessary attack on the Bishop for his stance on the polls.
The Catholic Bishop was seen in a viral video where he encouraged the Church to pray for the kind of leaders with the positive qualities Ebonyi deserves and those that electorates must reject in February and March 2023 general elections.
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The sermon was said to have been delivered at the occasion of the commemoration of the 2022 'Christ the King' day at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital.
Responding to the viral video through a statement on Tuesday, November 29, President General of the AEISCID, Amb. Pascal Oluchchukwu, urged Ebonyi indigenes to listen to the voice of wisdom which the Bishop represents.
“To our fancy, the Bishop also went further to summarize some of the bad policies and actions affecting the Ebonyi masses which our association has been hammering on in various media platforms since particularly the re-election of the current government in power in the state.
“For us at AEISCID, we only feel elated that for once, someone in the calibre of the Catholic Bishop mustered the courage to brace the odds and lived up to the Canonical ordinance of the ancient Church where even Christ spoke truth to power and concerned authorities.
“Though subjected to various forms of psychological pressure, Saint Thomas More, like modern Bishop Nworie refused to compromise, never forsaking the constant fidelity to legitimate authority and institutions which has now distinguished him.”
While commending Bishop Chukwu Nworie stand, Oluchukwu urged all Ebonyi electorates to take the gospel for what it is- reject every political party's candidates that has contributed in the deep mess that Ebonyi has been plunged into it.
The group added:
“The Umahi government which was never directly mentioned or referred to in the said viral video should not attempt or even contemplate an attack of any sort on Our Lord Bishop for merely living up to his canonical responsibility of leading his congregants aright.”
2023: You can’t tell us presidential candidate to vote, AEISCID blast Umahi
Recall that the AEIDCID recently dismissed the comments of Governor Dave Umahi concerning the 2023 presidential election.
Governor Umahi had said Ebonyi people won't vote for Peter Obi or any other presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections except Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Reacting to the comment, Ambassador Oluchchukwu asked all the eligible voters in the state to ignore the governor and go ahead to vote their conscience in 2023.
2023 elections: FCI to partner with other agencies to combat fake news
Meanwhile, FactCheck Initiative (FCI) has created a team for a cause that will involve partnering with the government and other agencies in other to have free, fair, and peaceful elections in Nigeria void of any form of violence in 2023.
The main aim of this cause will be to spot, examine and respond to the impact caused by any misleading information ahead of the upcoming 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
Adeoye Temitope, country director, FCI says stopping fake news and misinformation is the inspiration behind the project.