January 27, 2023

Ogun, Ondo Catholic bishops to Nigerians: Reject temptation of vote selling

By James Ogunnaike

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta, Dr. Peter Olukayode Odetoyinbo, yesterday, urged Nigerians to shun any act of violence and reject the temptation of selling their votes.

Bishop Odetoyinbo, who spoke with newsmen on the side of the 25th anniversary of the Canonical Erection of the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta, expressed optimism that Nigeria will come out better after the elections.

The cleric said: “We pray that Nigeria will be better, we pray that all of us electing the right person to the right position, Nigeria will be better.

“We should go and perform our civic duties and vote rightly according to our consciences for good leaders who will lead Nigeria better and give us what we desire according to the mind and the will of God.”

In his homily, the Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Most Rev. Jude Arogundade called on Nigerians to reject candidates who according to him are “known criminals” that have been implicated by national and international agencies at the polls.

Bishop Arogundade urged Nigerians to vote for decent and credible leaders and save the country from imminent collapse.

He said: “It was regrettable that the impact of one hundred years of Christianity on our society had been eroded by bad governance; ethic and tribal war and a new wave of paganism.

“Are we not the same Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa and indeed Nigerians that are calling on God for intervention and redemption from corrupt politicians that will also vote for known criminals that have been implicated by national and international watchdog bodies?

“All of us Christians and none Christians alike are searching for decent and credible leaders who will reorganise our country to be the best that God has created it to be.

“Then vote for one and save the Church from the trauma of having to deal with the emotional outcome of leaders who continue to ravage our commonwealth for personal gains. 

“We must not stand by and watch this great nation destroy itself under mediocre leadership that drifts from one crisis to the next, eroding our national will and purpose.”