New Twist as Catholic Bishops Speak on 2023 General Elections, Send Strong Message to Nigerians, INEC
- Nigerians have been asked to vote for the right leader in the forthcoming general elections, as it is an opportunity to make things right in the country
- The religious leaders, who gave this charge, have also urged the electorates not to ignore the election exercise and participate fully in exercising their civic right
- Interestingly, the Catholic Bishops are of the opinion that the 2023 polls will determine the nation's next destination, as the election outcome could either make or mar the country
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A report by Vanguard has it that an appeal has gone to Nigerians, to see the forthcoming general elections as most critical, as the outcome will determine the way forward for the nation.
The appeal was part of an eight-point communique issued on Thursday, January 19th, by the Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, after their two-day meeting at the Villa Assumpta, in Owerri, Imo state.
Catholic Bishops send message to Nigerians
The clerics said:
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“This election will make or mar our country. We cannot afford to miss this opportunity. We pray for the dawn of a new Nigeria, where our children can look forward with hope.
“Nigerians should rise and vote, and vote rightly, so that we elect visionary, honest and compassionate leaders, with hearts that beat for the welfare of one and all, in our nation.”
A message to INEC
The Catholic Bishops were also of the view that the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, and the expansion of voter access to polling units, for the first time in 25 years, were good reasons for optimism.
They charged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to “discharge its duty with utmost sense of responsibility, transparency, eschew corrupt practices and avoid all forms of monetary inducement from the politicians and their agents.”
Why INEC must postpone 2023 election, pastor gives reason
Meanwhile, Primate Elijah Ayodele, the leader of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the forthcoming election to avoid it being inconclusive.
The cleric made the call in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Osho Oluwatosin, on Friday, January 20, and made available to journalists.
According to Ayodele, if the election is conducted as scheduled, the poll would not hold in some parts of the country as some people are ready to sabotage it.
Rev. Fr Isaac Achi: Abomination as bandits burn Catholic Priest alive in Niger
In another sad development, Legit.ng reported earlier that Reverend Father Isaac Achi, a Catholic Priest, has been killed by bandits who tried to make their way into his residence in Niger recently.
According to the report, the cleric was murdered after the assailant burnt down the building in which Achi was when they could not gain access to it.
DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the spokesman of the police command in the state, confirmed the incident, adding that another priest, Father Collins, was shot during the attack.