Abuja, 04 January, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria has urged the people of God in the West African nation to remember their civic duties ahead of the country’s elections and to seek to be guided by the Holy Spirit in selecting politicians and political parties to support.
In his New Year 2023 message, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama reminds Nigerians to maintain peace before, during, and after the elections slated for February 25 this year.
“Having faced multidimensional challenges, we in our nation in this time of democratic transition must all keep in mind the fact that our Lord makes demands of us to fulfill our civic responsibilities,” Archbishop Kiagama says in his January 1 message.
He adds, “We have a duty to come out, each one of us, with a Permanent Voters Card, queue up at our polling units, conduct ourselves peacefully and orderly, get accredited, and cast our votes during the 2023 general elections.”
“As for the choice of political parties and candidates to vote for, we should be guided by the counsel of St. Paul, which says: ‘whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things’. In choosing who to vote, let your head and your heart guide you, not your stomach and your pocket!” he says.