The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, Reverend Matthew Man Owusu Ndagoso told the Independent National Election Commission that Nigerians expect nothing less than free, fair, peaceful and credible elections in 2023.
He pointed out that every part of the country is eager for change after the suffering that Nigerians are going through, stressing that killings, kidnappings, banditry and all forms of criminality have become prevalent in the country, affecting everyone in the country.
In his Christmas message on Saturday in Kaduna, Archbishop Ndagosu also tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission with ensuring that every Nigerian exercises their constitutional right to elect candidates of their choice in next year’s elections.
According to the Archbishop: “No eligible voter should be disenfranchised because he has not obtained his permanent voter card and polling stations. The sale or purchase of votes is not only illegal according to the Constitution but it is a sin before God.”
He lamented that Christians in the country are celebrating Christmas this year amidst fears and anxieties mainly caused by the continuing acts of banditry, kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery, constant conflicts between farmers and shepherds, rebellions and ritual killings that claim the lives of many of our compatriots daily. .
He added that Nigerians are now facing an extremely high cost of living affecting all aspects of life with more and more people on earth joining the ranks of those already living below the poverty line.
The Archbishop said Nigerians know the culprits of poor leadership that encourage mediocrity, nepotism and incompetence that in turn breed the corruption and mismanagement that have earned the country the unenviable status of the world’s capital of the poor.
He appealed to all people of goodwill to ensure that no matter how much sacrifice it takes, they must ensure that they collect their PVCs and vote for the right candidates to change the country’s narratives for the benefit of all Nigerians.
He has challenged the church to trust in God and not live in constant fear even when they don’t fully understand what the future holds for them, especially as they continue to grapple with insecurity, grinding poverty, constant kidnapping, murder, and anxiety during the 2023 election.
He added, “Like pastors, we must have faith and confidence to face our future with confidence and determination knowing that our God is with us all the time, no matter how difficult and challenging our situation is.”
Speaking of Same Faith, he explained that one would have thought that given the place Nigerians are at with the fragile nature of national cohesion, no considerate and sensitive politician would think of running the Same Faith card, especially on a national level because with the threat it poses to the flesh Micropatriotism.
2023: Ensuring Free, Fair, Peaceful and Credible Elections – Archbishop Ndagosso to the Independent National Electoral Commission