Clergy condemns campaigns of calumny
AS the campaigns for next month’s presidential election continue to generate controversies, the Primate of the Orthodox Anglican Church of Nigeria, Bishop Christopher Umane, has urged the two major presidential candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC), Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and his counterpart in People’s Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, to be cautious of their utterances and desist from campaigns of calumny “that seem to be dominating their electioneering.”
Speaking with journalists in Benin City on the church’s coming event where he would have his coronation as the Primate of the Orthodox Anglican Church in Nigeria and the Archbishop of the church in parts of West and Central Africa, Umane said personal attacks by the politicians were indications that they were bereft of ideas for the people but insisted that as a clergy, he would not pitch tent with any of them but would be convinced by their manifestoes which he lamented were lacking.
He said: “They approached me few months ago and wanted me to be part of a group praying for one of the presidential candidates and I asked them a question, if I am praying for one, but what about the other. I told them this is a wrong thing to do. They want to corrupt the image of the church. I asked them what about my responsibility because I have responsibility to all of them. In other words, in my church, I cannot tell my members to vote for A or for B.”