Bishop to electorates: Vote competence, character not religion, tribe

By John Dike, Osogbo 


Ahead of Saturday presidential Election, Christians have been told to come out and vote for a candidate with competence and characters and also reject any financial inducement.


To this end voters were enjoined to ensure that their votes are counted before living the voting centers or polling unit


The Catholic Bishop of Osogbo Diocese Most Revend Dr John Oyejola gave the advise during the Holy Mass he celebrated at St Benedict Catholic cathedral in Osogbo, the Osun State Capital yesterday.


The Bishop who said the presidential election is crucial to all Nigerians urged them to look out for a candidate with competent, character, morally and physically fit to be the president of Nigeria.


According to him, this is the time for everyone to go out with their PVCs and cast their vote on Saturday presidential election because it is important. “Go and vote wisely for a candidate with good character and moral conscience”.


“please go out on Saturday to vote a candidate of your choice whom you think has the character, competence and physically fit not because it’s my turn or religion or tribe. “I am leaving to Ede on Friday to where my voting unit is to cast my own vote for the election, I am confident that my vote will count”.


“We have voted for people in 16years, they failed us. We voted for people for 8years they failed us again. This time around vote for competence and character and let try another set of people to see if they do better.


We we vote another set of people and they failed us after four year we will vote them out again “.


” Don’t vote because of tribe or religion. Don’t make mistake of voting for a wrong choice of candidates because if you do and later come back to me to complain I will not listen to you. Check the profile of the candidates and know who has the character”.


The clergyman who admonished Nigerians especially the Christians to pray for the nation disclosed that the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria CBCN has set aside first Friday of every Month for special prayer for the country.


While enjoining the Christians to prepared for the lenten season which begins on Ash Wednesday urged to fast, pray and give arms to the poor in the society.


Oyejola who decried the attitude of Christians holding political office in the country said some of them are not representing their faith well saying they suppose to be as shining example and ambassador of Christ


“Christians at the position of authority should be a shining light because Christ is the light of the world. But unfortunately most of them are not showing good example and they are not showing that they are true followers of Jesus Christ who is our lord and savior.”


He, however warned politicians against any form of vote buying or selling adding that Nigerian must get it right this time around by voting out bad government.

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