Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Revd Ignatius Kaigama, has urged Nigerians to elect leaders on merit over mediocrity, so that their patriotism, competency, and their God-fearing attitudes would positively impact Nigeria’s development.
He made the plea at the 3rd Abuja Archdiocesan General Assembly (AAGA), organised by the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, with the theme, ‘Witness in Politics: The Role of the Catholic Faithful’ yesterday in Abuja.
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“The question has to be asked, about when Nigerians will begin to see themselves as fellow citizens, united in vision and destiny despite their ethnic or religious differences. The fact of the matter is that there will never be a time in Nigeria when there are only Muslims or only Christians.
“We must learn to accept this fact, live with it and move on. Unless we begin to understand and accept one another more sincerely, we will never be a country at peace,” he said.
Kaigama lamented that a typical Nigerian prefers a bad leader from his or her tribe to a good leader from another tribe, saying that this is the genesis of Nigeria’s problem,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Most Rev. Daniel Okoh, said that the organisation had inaugurated a committee on ‘Political Strategy and Action’ comprising eminent personalities that would help the umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria achieve their aim.
According to him, this is expressing the determination and commitment of CAN to partake and properly position its members on the right path to fully participate in the political activities for the 2023 general elections.