2023 presidential election will make or destroy Nigeria – CAN, Dogara and others caution- Nexus News
THE Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, as well as prominent Christians and political leaders have cautioned that February 25, 2023, presidential election would either make or damage the future of the country. “This is even as they rejected the same-faith presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, depicting it as reprehensible and ungodly.
They said these at a symposium on the leadership tumult in Nigeria, which was held in Abuja yesterday, as part of activities marking CAN’s 12th General Assembly and Leadership Transition Ceremony.
Apart from the CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, and the leaders of various Christian blocs and denominations, some political leaders who were present at the event include; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; the Senator who represents Adamawa North District in the National Assembly, Elisha Ishaku Abbo, among others.
While speaking on the theme of the conference, ‘The Role of the Church In Times Like This’, they implored critical stakeholders, most especially Christian youths and women to ensure that a candidate who values justice, righteousness, inclusivity as well as respects the diversities inherent in the country becomes Nigeria’s next leader in order to prevent polarizing the country.
In his speech, Senator Abbo said: “I am known for frankness. Sometimes, it sounds insulting to some people, because when I speak the truth in its raw form without adulteration, people say I am insulting them.
“Nevertheless, the 2023 election is a make or mar poll, especially for the Christians and for everyone who loves and values the unity of Nigeria.”
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He bewailed the worsening state of security in the country, noting that the country may not survive the next eight years unless combined efforts are made to pull it from the brinks.
According to him, the country is still held together only by the God’s grace through the continual prayers offered in the various worship centres.
“They (terrorists) have entered Abuja. We used to think that the Federal Capital Territory is safe. That’s why many politicians no longer visit their villages again, but the bandits have now entered into Abuja.
“Nigeria cannot survive another eight years like this. However, the decision is for you, the youths and women, to save this nation (through the ballot)
“There is power in the hands of the Nigerian Christian youths and women to change things, particularly in the affairs of the nation.”
He advised CAN to fully activate its structures and networks ahead of the 2023 elections to ensure there is a positive change in the leadership of the nation, saying the apex Christian body already has the most mature and organized structures in this nation.
Also speaking, Yakubu Dogara, said that the country was experiencing shame, disgrace and reproach in many fronts because many of those in charge of leading the country were not doing the right thing.