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Campaigns for 2023 too early, cleric warns

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The Head, Cherubim & Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria, Prophet Solomon Adegboyega Alao, has warned politicians to stop the campaign for who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, describing the campaign as an “unnecessary distraction”.

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The clergyman said campaigns were coming too early when the president is yet to spend two years in office, noting that all patriotic politicians should at this moment join hands with the president to solve myriad of challenges facing the country.

Alao, who spoke yesterday at a press conference to kick-start the yearly general conference of C & Solution Ministry, Elebu, Ibadan, Oyo State capital, advised the president to be proactive in dealing with the security challenges in the country, saying that all indices that led to the civil war are already manifesting in the various ethnic clashes, kidnappings, killings, and perennial herders and farmers’ clashes.

In another development, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has stressed the need for power to return to the southern part of the country after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023.

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This is as the group throws its weight behind former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for the presidency.

In a statement, yesterday, by its Director, Ishaq Akintola, MURIC urged the South-West to jettison separatist tendencies and ethnic hostilities for the quest for central power in 2023.

“It is on record that the Yoruba have complained bitterly about marginalisation. This has resulted in the emergence of separatist groups calling for the establishment of Oduduwa Republic. However, the reality staring the Yoruba in the face today is the complex nature of the process of separation vis a vis the proximity of a big opportunity of gaining political power in 2023 through an already well-known democratic process.

“Fortunately, the Yoruba do not have to search too far as a former governor of Lagos State and leader of the ruling party has shown interest. Here is a candidate that brandishes impeccable pedigree. Nobody can deny his political dexterity. He is known to have fought and won several political battles. The best the Yoruba people can do for the region is to rally behind this candidate and ensure that he clinches power in 2023,” the statement said.

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