Vote for “credible leaders” in 2023 Elections: Vicar General of Lagos Archdiocese, Nigeria

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The Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos in Nigeria has urged Christians in the West African nation to “elect credible leaders” in the general elections scheduled for 2023.

Addressing journalists Thursday, August 25, Mons. John Aniagwu encouraged Christians to pray relentlessly for peace and security in Nigeria ahead of the polls.

“As Christians, let’s do our best to ensure that credible persons are elected into political offices in the country to ensure that the transformation desired by all is achieved,” Mons. Aniagwu said during the press conference to announce celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of St. Leo Parish of Abuja Archdiocese scheduled for September.

He said that “Christians must be part of the political arrangement and still remain Christians and not join the crowd when they are there,” and added, “If you want to change the situation of things you must get involved.”

“No Church can say support this person or not; the Church will only ask you to look at whether the person is willing to right the wrongs in all the sectors and look at how our lives can be better if elected,” Mons. Aniagwu further said.


He urged Christians in the West African nation “to get their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and participate actively in politics.” 

Reflecting on the security challenge in Africa’s most populous nation, the Vicar General of Lagos Archdiocese who doubles as the Parish Priest of St. Leo Catholic Church, Ikeja called for divine intervention saying that “prayer is the only thing that can solve” the crisis of insecurity in Nigeria.

“We believe that prayers change things,” he said, and continued, “There is no one that is not aware about the security situation which has deteriorated to a large extent and we all know that government is trying on its part to improve the security architecture of the country, except everyone expect them to do more in that area in order to restore peace across the country.”

“Apart from what the government is doing, each locality must also ensure it protects its locality to fight insurgency,” he said.

Speaking about the 50th anniversary celebration of St. Leo Parish, Mons. Aniagwu expressed his joy at the growth of the Christian community in the Parish.

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He said, “As we mark 50 years of the existence of the Parish, the membership stands at about 8,000 at the main Church in Ikeja and the satellite churches at Agidingbi and Adeniyi Jones put together.”

“The number of parishioners at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Ikeja, alone is about 6,500,” Mons. Aniagwu added.

“The Church as an organization is aware of the congregants. Naturally, the Church has put measures in place to provide adequate security daily in the Church, not only during the program,” the Parish Priest of St. Leo said.

He went on to highlight some of the activities planned for the anniversary celebration, saying, “There will be programs for children, youths, sick and home-bound parishioners.”


“A special Mass will celebrate Golden Jubilarians, including those whose birthdays or wedding anniversaries fall within the period, as well as those who have spent 50 years as parishioners of St. Leo Catholic Church,” Mons. Aniagwu said.

He continued, “There will be a variety of indoor and outdoor sports activities, for which prizes will be awarded to victorious participants.”

The anniversary celebration is expected to end on September 4 with a Pontifical Mass.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.