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CAN cautions against same religion presidential tickets at 2023 polls

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, Abuja
29 October 2021   |   4:08 am
To avoid heating up the polity, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has cautioned political parties in the country against fielding Christian/Christian or Muslim/Muslim presidential tickets at the 2023 general elections.

Christain Association of Nigeria (CAN) president, Dr. Samson Ayokunle

To avoid heating up the polity, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has cautioned political parties in the country against fielding Christian/Christian or Muslim/Muslim presidential tickets at the 2023 general elections.

CAN President, Rev (Dr.) Samson Ayokunle, who gave the warning during a parley of the association’s leadership with the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege in his office at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, noted that there was already tension in the land on account of insecurity.

He clarified that the religious body supports a balance of both faiths.

Ayokunle said: “Sir, concerning the 2023 elections, we would admonish you politicians not to heat up the polity by your utterances. There is already tension in the land because of insecurity. We equally want to urge you that a balance of both religious practitioners should be considered. We don’t want a Christian/Christian or Muslim/Muslim ticket.”

The cleric expressed dissatisfaction with the biting economy, urging the cushioning of its effects on the people.

He continued: “The church is worried about inflation in the land, which has sent many people out of business. Unemployment is at unimaginable level. While we appreciate the efforts of the legislative assemblies in calling the attention of the executive to this, more robust and daring efforts are required to nip these things in the bud.

“An Enabling environment should be created for investments and incentives or tax exceptions given to local manufacturers on some goods.”

The CAN leader, who commended the Federal Government on the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, equally warned against forcing the people to vaccinate.

Responding, Omo-Agege appreciated the visit, calling for more of such interactions with a view to bridging the gap between the National Assembly and CAN.

He also appreciated the interest and support of the association in the efforts of the government to promote peace and unity aside its war against the pandemic.

The lawmaker charged the church leadership to encourage the people to take the vaccine.