With less than six months to the 2023 general elections, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr Daniel Okoh, has admonished Christian leaders across the country to be non-partisan in election matters.
Okoh said it became necessary for the religious leaders to inform, educate and sensitize its people on election matters and ensure the church itself remains apolitical.
G9ija gathered that the Christian leader gave the admonition in Onitsha last Sunday while addressing a gathering of believers at the 75th-anniversary celebration of the founder of the Grace of God Mission International, Bishop Paul Nwachukwu.
Speaking on election matters, Okoh said the forthcoming election offers the electorates the best opportunity to install the president of their choice through the ballot box.
He, however, observed that proper guidance is needed to ensure that citizens make the right decisions in the next presidential election.
Okoh expressed the belief that the Church has a great role to play in the emergence of the next President. He said: “The church should be non-partisan in election matters, it has a duty to ensure the people are properly guided in the choice of leaders they choose. If Nigerians can unite and forge a common front, the choice to turn around this country is in their hands.”
Speaking on the same occasion, the Senior Pastor of Destiny Revival Ministry International, Godwin Okeke berated some church leaders who promote politicians on their alters, saying that such action only heats up the polity unnecessarily.
Okeke said the church was supposed to be non-partisan, while informing, educating and sensitising its people on election matters.
The United States of America-based pastor pointed out that in advanced countries, churches only educate their people on the issues and allow them to make the decisions of who to vote for in the forthcoming elections.
He, therefore, advised churches promoting candidates on the alter to desist from doing so, as such is not the role of the churches.