Jos, 17 March, 2023 / 8:45 pm (ACI Africa).
Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Niger State have, in a collective statement, outlined qualities of political candidates eligible for the position of governor, including a demonstration of compassion and discipline as well as “a credible lifestyle”.
In their Monday, March 13 collective statement, members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Niger State say that eligible gubernatorial candidates need to be able to “guarantee internal security, religious neutrality, and enforcement of fundamental rights” and ensure fairness “in appointments”.
They outline the time for the polls that were postponed by a week, from March 11 to March 18, saying, “The Governorship and State House of Assembly elections will take place this weekend and we want to enjoin everyone not to be discouraged by the outcome of the February 25th polls but to come out this week to vote in the Candidates who have respect for the Body of Christ.”
CAN members in Niger State add, “The candidate must be compassionate, disciplined and live a credible lifestyle; must not be cultists, religious fanatics, or involved in illicit drugs and must not have a relationship with bandits and thugs.”
“Candidates to be voted for should also be those who would ensure development and the peaceful co-existence of the people,” Christian leaders in the Nigerian State further say, adding, “We enjoin everyone to vote for candidates of your choice, who must ensure quality education and free healthcare for the people.”