The Christian Association of Nigeria Sunday cautioned political parties against a Christian/Christian or Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket in the 2023 general elections.
CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, gave the warning at the National Assembly in Abuja during a parley of the association’s leadership with Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege.
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“Concerning 2023 elections, we’d admonish you, politicians, not to heat up the polity in any way as the campaigns are opened by guiding the utterances that would be coming out of you. There’s already tension in the land because of insecurity.
“We equally want to urge you on presidency that a balance of both religious practitioners be considered. We don’t want Christian/Christian ticket nor Muslim/Muslim ticket,” Ayokunle said.
He said the church was worried about inflation in the land which, he noted, had sent many people out of business.
“Unemployment is at unimaginable level. While we appreciate the efforts of the legislative assemblies in calling the attention of the executive to this, more robust and daring efforts are required to nip these things in the bud.
“Enabling environment should be created for investments and incentives or tax exceptions given to local manufacturers on some goods,” he said.
Ayokunle also warned the Federal Government against forcing the people to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Omo-Agege commended the delegation for the visit and called for more of such interaction to bridge the gap between the National Assembly and the CAN.