Politicians who seek to win at any cost are undemocratic, says Onaiyekan

The former National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has warned politicians against using “warlike language” in order to win the 2023 elections.

The archbishop, who is also a member of the National Peace Committee, stated that candidates who insist on winning the next general election at any cost are not democratic.

He said: “For politicians, I will beg them. Enough of lies, enough of insistence that we must win because there are politicians who keep saying we must win this election, whatever it takes, we will win,” the cleric said on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

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“That kind of language is not democratic; it is the language of those who are going to war. They use belligerent language very often in their campaign. That will not carry Nigeria into any better waters. We want a Nigeria that we can be proud of.”

Onaiyekan also said Nigeria’s challenge is not ethnicity and religion because both factors are by choice.

“Our problem is really not with ethnicity and religion. It cannot be with ethnicity because we really have no choice in the matter. I was born in Kabba. So, I’m a Yoruba man, not by choice but by accident of birth. And if it is like that for every Nigerian, it should not be an issue.

“As for religion, again, it is a choice that people make freely and therefore, it should not be an issue.”

 

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