2023: Politics of money, imposition of worrying candidates
By Noé Ebije, Kaduna
Bishop of Kaduna Diocese, Anglican Communion, Timothy Yahaya has expressed concern over monetary policy and the imposition of candidates on Nigerians by political parties ahead of the 2023 general election, saying it goes against principles of democracy.
To this end, Bishop Yahaya called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure free, fair and credible elections.
The cleric also called on other key players in the electoral process not to impose candidates on the people because the votes won belong to the majority.
In a message to the nation at the 2nd Session of the 22nd Synod of the Anglican Communion held at St Paul’s Anglican Church on Sunday, Bishop Yahaya however expressed hope that the socio-economic woes besetting nation will be completed in 2023.
“Today we are seeing rains of naira and dollars because the election is coming. Is democracy for sale? People’s money taken from the people, used to buy positions in our country. You mean can’t all the smart agencies in this country trace where these funds came from, and who was arrested and brought to justice?.are we just going to sit back and let it go this way?.
“There is only one seat in Aso Rock, there are not ten seats in Aso Rock. We call on INEC to follow every word of the electoral law, to be seen as independent, to be free and fair to conduct a credible election where everyone will be happy.
“I call on political parties to stop taxing candidates. In a democracy, the majority holds the votes. But from our own position, some cabals decide who becomes our leaders. They collect naira, they collect dollars to name people who can’t get anywhere. Nigerians are getting wiser and I call on Nigerians to get their PVC but don’t vote religion, don’t vote tribe. Don’t vote for mediocrity. Whoever you go to vote, ask yourself what he has done for Nigeria. And find out about his background before voting for him.
“If someone says they’re going to give you clothes, look at the one they’re wearing. We pray that by 2023 our stories of woes as a nation will be over.
“We must not lose hope because God is still on the throne. Because we are human, we tend to think that everything has given way. We encourage Nigerians to say that God is still on the throne.
“Our message to our leaders is that, first, they must fear God. Why do we say they should fear God? we say they must fear God because there is a day of judgment. Everything we do, there’s a day of judgment, a day of judgment.
“Another message to the nation is that if Dangote can build refineries with a capacity of 160,000 barrels, and our own refineries have 450,000 barrels a day, I think we should stop as a nation. The industry oil company all over the world is independent. We can’t run the oil industry like political offices. Politicians don’t interfere in the oil industry. But since we decided to withdraw the refineries account from commercial bank to the central bank, our refineries are now moribund.The bureaucratic system should not be seen in the oil sector.
“And again the government is saying loud and clear that we have no money. Some of us get confused, when billions of naira and billions of dollars are taken away. The people who are supposed to protect this country are failing the country.
“For God’s sake, in Nigeria we are religious, but we are godless. If we have God in our hearts, we won’t do what we do. We read holy books, we go to places of worship, but we have no conscience.
“Our religious leaders must be careful. They contribute to the problems of this country. I call on religious leaders to fear God and let them be agents of peace. Let them be agents of change. If they see badly, let them call it badly, it doesn’t matter whose gored the ox is”.
Speaking on the passengers abducted from the train bound for Abuja-Kaduna in March, Bishop Yahaya said, “I want to implore the Federal Government to secure the freedom of those abducted from the train bound for Abuja-Kaduna two months after their abduction. I have never heard a memory from the halls of power of what happens to our children in captivity. Does this mean that life no longer matters in Nigeria? Today the most popular thing is abduction, abduction and abduction. No wonder some people say Nigeria is a failed state.
“We are shocked, we are appalled by the law that is going to be enacted in the National Assembly that when the government has failed to secure the kidnapped citizens, and the citizens are helpless and their relatives pay a ransom, they should go to jail. Any well-meaning Nigerian will not accept this proposal of the National Assembly.
“Security agencies need to sit down. Every time there’s a kidnapping, there’s a jurisdiction where a DPO is in charge, where all the security agencies are in charge. If the kidnapping takes place more than three times under the direction of a police commissioner, that police commissioner must be reprimanded. They collect money to secure people, but the more money they collect, the more insecure we have”.
Anglican clergy also spoke of the rift between ASUU and the federal government, saying, “Today the future generation who are meant to be the hope and architect of this country are at home because of the strike. of the ASUU. Any country that knows the value of its future will not gamble with the education of its youth. So we call on the federal government and ASUU to sit up and watch other climates how they handle their college education.
“The political appointment of the vice-chancellor in this country is rubbish. It sucks because I studied how vice-chancellors are appointed in other countries. You’re going to interview, bring your business plan on how you run a university. If you have the best business plan that revolves around the university, you are appointed vice-chancellor. But here in Nigeria, we have the Vice Chancellor pushing, get a date for the love of the date.
“We have professors in our country without industries, we have research papers that others will come and steal from this country to make money, export to this country and earn millions of naira. The brain drain that is happening in this country is shameful.
“All the brains that have left this country, when they go to another country, they make this country great. The greatest asset of any nation is human capital. If the WHO says there is going to be a deficit of health workers, the federal government should train more doctors and health workers without delay.
“The rate at which Nigerians are killing Nigerians is like we have to visit a mental hospital. I challenge our security agencies to go on the internet to see the level of hate speech there. People are talking about killing Only in a country where there is no leadership will the people who incited to kill be allowed to free the Scots.
“We want to implore the leaders, citizens and statesmen of this country that all hands must be joined together to make Nigeria great again. And to our politicians, the election is around the corner, let them take it easy.”
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