“Do not vote for tribal cause, empty promises”: Christian Leaders in Nigeria to Electorate

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The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the country’s Oyo State has cautioned the electorate against voting on the basis of their tribal affiliations.

In a Tuesday, September 27 statement, the eve of the official start of political campaigns in the West African nation ahead of the 25 February 2023 general elections, CAN officials in the Nigerian State urged eligible voters to take into account the ability of the political candidates to fulfill the promises they make. 

“As campaigns begin, do not vote for tribal cause; do not vote for empty promises, and do not get carried away by manifestos and jamborees,” CAN officials in Oyo State say, and add, “Do not vote for ethnicity; do not sell your vote. The politicians you die for today will keep their children safe while you lose your own life.”

The officials of the Christian entity who include representatives of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) further say, “As campaigns begin, ensure peace in all dealings and conversations.’

On September 28, the 18 candidates vying for Presidency in Nigeria launched their nationwide campaigns ahead of the general elections that will see the electorate in Africa’s most populous nation also vote for members of the House of Representatives and the Senate.


Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State and candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar, and former Vice President and Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, are among the listed names.

The election of State governors has been slated for 11 March 2023.

In their September 27 statement, CAN officials in Oyo State call on Christian leaders to take the responsibility of shielding and protecting the rights and freedoms of the followers they represent.

“Christians are not governmental outcasts but part of the government, which extends to politics and other facets of life,’’ they say, and add, “We sensitize the general public on the need to participate in the voting process.”

They implore, “We pray for a good Nigeria; as much as we pray, we must also ensure to live long in good health to witness the Nigeria of our dreams.”

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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.