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Shun politics of thuggery, hatred, victimisation, ill-feelings in 2023 — Idume

The Vicar of St. James Anglican Church, Asokoro, Venerable Ben Idume, has admonished Nigerians to shun hatred but unite towards building a peaceful country, saying that the emergence of credible leaders in the 2023 polls

Vicar of St. James Anglican Church, Asokoro, Venerable Ben Idume (middle) with other officials of the church at the 2022 Harvest of the church in Abuja

The Vicar of St. James Anglican Church, Asokoro, Venerable Ben Idume, has admonished Nigerians to shun hatred but unite towards building a peaceful country, saying that the emergence of credible leaders in 2023 polls will depend on these virtues.

The cleric gave the advice, last Sunday, in Abuja, while speaking to newsmen at the Church’s 2022 Harvest Thanksgiving with the theme: “Harvest Of Joyful Return.”

He said: “Nigerians should shun politics of thuggery, hatred, victimisation, ill feelings. They should concentrate on issues affecting the nation and its citizenry, especially the security challenges bedevilling the country.”

Idume called eligible voters to vote for leaders who will provide dividends of democracy to the people at the grassroots, alleviate their sufferings and ensure security in the 2023 general elections.

Enjoining Christians to intensify prayers for peace and stability in the country, Idume said: “We need peace to continue to stay in Nigeria, as we progress into the era of elections, we deserve a good country and leaders. Everyone vying for elective positions must know and have this at the back of his or her mind, peace and progress are paramount in all endeavours. We are using the occasion to preach peace and ensure we reap bountifully for a better Nigeria.”

The Delta State Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, who was at the event also noted that it was time for Nigerians to pray for the nation.

He said: “We believe it shall be well, things will continue to happen, the challenges will continue to come, but there is nothing God cannot do.” According to him, PDP will tackle insecurity, if elected to lead the country in 2023.

The chairman, the 2022 Harvest Committee, Mr Adelabu Adedeji said the event serves as an avenue to care for the vulnerable and less privileged in society.

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