Lagos, 28 January, 2023 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Lagos Ecclesiastical Province are calling on Nigeria’s to turn up in their numbers during the February 25 general elections, saying the polls are an opportunity for Nigerians to turn a new leaf.
In a Wednesday, January 25 statement, the Catholic Bishops also say the polls present an opportunity for voters to elect leaders who are capable of putting the socio-economic and political dynamics of the country in order.
“We call on all eligible voters to ensure that they obtain their PVCs (Permanent Voters Card) and come out en-masse to cast their votes,” the Catholic Bishops of Lagos Archdiocese, Abeokuta, and Ijebu-Ode Dioceses say.
They say that while the elections are likely to be the most contentious in the history of Nigeria, “they offer another unique opportunity for all eligible citizens of this great country to rise to their civic responsibility by going out to vote for credible leaders with the capacity and competence to re-order the socio-economic and political dynamics of our nation so that Nigerians can indeed have a new lease of life.”
The Catholic Bishops urge Nigerians to set aside ethnic, religious, and political biases “to vote in only the candidates who are most qualified to take our country along the path of true growth and development.”