By Emeka Mamah
KADUNA â€” Methodist Bishops in the country have condemned the move by the former military President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, to contest the 2011 presidential election, saying it was an insult to Nigerians.
In a 12-point communiquÃ© issued after their three-day conference in Kaduna, yesterday, the bishops said that for Babangida to seek to lead Nigeria again amounted to insulting the sensibility of the people, adding that this was because the former military leader annulled the freest and fairest elections to have been conducted in country, leading to the death and misery of millions of Nigerians.
The statement said, â€œthe news of the declaration of the former military dictator, General Ibrahim Babangida, that he would run for the presidency of the country at the forthcoming elections is an insult to the generality of Nigerians. As the then President, Ibrahim Babaginda annulled the freest and fairest elections held in Nigeria in 1993 which led to the death and misery of millions of Nigerians.
â€œCouncil noted that it was during his tenure that the level of corruption was raised to the level which has almost sunk the country.
â€œThe Council prays for peace, unity, progress and stability in Nigeria and urges all Nigerians to be patriotic in their support of this democratic dispensation while the government delivers dividend of democracy to the people.â€
The communiquÃ© was jointly signed by the Prelate of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, Most Reverend Sunday Ola Makinde and the Conference Secretary, Rt. Rev. Raphael Opoko.