Anglican Church (Kwara Province) urges politicians to play by the rules

By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

New political party leaders recently put in place across Nigeria have been implored to steer their respective parties towards the path of equity and fairness by putting the collective interests of the citizens above the interests of individuals, no matter how highly placed.

The Anglican Church (Kwara Province), under the episcopal superintendency of Archbishop Israel Afolabi Amoo, which gave the admonition in a statement by its Director, Political and Social Mobilisation, Venerable Julius Adesina, congratulated all parties that have successfully concluded the mandatory exercise in Kwara state, expressing gladness that there was no any reported incidence of violence, urging them to “always pursue a path of righteousness for as the Scriptures noted, when the righteous rules there is peace.”

The Church leadership, however, lamented that there were reported cases of misunderstanding among party members, which manifested in parallel Congresses, warning that the development does not augur well for the 2023 general elections and urged them to put their respective houses in order.

The Church leadership also saluted the commitment of all stakeholders to sustaining the peace of the state, pointing out that every act of political violence affects not only the immediate victims but also the entirety of the social and economic systems and cast aspersions on the integrity of the nation’s collective movement towards a better society.

The statement added: “The party leaders should lead their parties with the fear of the Lord, knowing full well that we shall all face the judgement of God for every decision we make here on earth.

“Nigeria is going through a period of stress and Nigerians are looking up to the political leaders to make decisions that will take Nigeria out of the woods and should rise to be part of the solutions to our collective search for a better state and a much better nation.”

Following the conclusion of State Congresses of major political parties across the country, the statement said the election cycle has begun fully, and therefore urged all actors on the political stage to play by the rules of the game.

The Church leadership has, therefore, assured the new party leaders of the support of the Church of God in Kwara state as they lead their parties to the next general elections.


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