2023: CAN cautions against same religion ticket -GCFRNG

2023: CAN cautions against same religion ticket -GCFRNG

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised political parties not to heat up politics with a Christian / Christian or Muslim / Muslim presidential ticket in the 2023 general election.

This is contained in a statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant, Media and Communications to the President of CAN, His Eminence, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, on Friday, in Abuja.

Ayokunle, who was quoted as saying this in an interactive session with Senate Vice President Ovie Omo-Agege, urged politicians not to heat up politics in any way.

He also discouraged statements that could cause a crisis in the nation.

”⁶There is already tension in the land due to insecurity. We also want to advise that in the presidency, a balance of religious practitioners be considered.

“We don’t want a Christian / Christian ticket or a Muslim / Muslim ticket,” he said.

The president of the CAN, who however, praised the Federal Government for handling the COVID-19 pandemic and warned against forcing the population to be vaccinated.

“We thank the Federal Government, especially the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 for the way this rogue virus has been handled.

“We want to urge the government to continue to encourage Nigerians to get vaccinated, but never force or coerce people to do so.”

The clergyman appealed to the Federal Government to create an environment conducive to cushioning the economic difficulties of the people.

“We appreciate the legislative assemblies’ efforts to draw the executive’s attention to inflation, more efforts are needed to nip these things in the bud.

“An enabling environment should be created for investments and incentives or tax exemptions for local manufacturers on some products,” he added.

In his response, Omo-Agege thanked the clergyman and called for more such interaction, with a view to bridging the gap between the National Assembly and the Christian body.

He also thanked the association for its support in the government’s effort to promote peace and unity and in its war against the pandemic.

The Senate Vice President urged Church leaders to encourage people to get vaccinated, to reduce the threat from the government “you should not force them.”

The delegation includes; CAN Secretary General, Mr. Joseph Daramola and CAN Northcentral President, also the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. Israel Adelani Akanji.

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2023: CAN cautions against same religion ticket -GCFRNG

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