2023 General Elections in Nigeria

Caritas Nigeria members with copies of the 2023 General Elections Observation Report. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Nigeria’s 2023 Election was Marred by Violence, Voter Intimidation: Caritas

Jul 31, 2023

The 2023 presidential and gubernatorial elections in Nigeria were marred by various irregularities including violence, vote buying, and intimidation of voters, the Executive Secretary of Caritas Nigeria has  said.

Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’s Situation “not irredeemable nor insurmountable”: Archbishop in Easter Message

Apr 11, 2023

The situation of the West African nation of Nigeria where terrorism, banditry, corruption, and negative ethnicity are among the challenges affecting the people of God is redeemable, and the challenges can be surmounted, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.

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“Strengthen our confidence”: Christian Leaders in Nigerian State to Electoral Body

Mar 28, 2023

Representatives of Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Adamawa state are calling on the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the West African nation to foster “openness, transparency and fairness” in their working in view of strengthening the confidence of the electorate in them.

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Nigeria’s National Peace Committee Warns of “voter suppression” in Gubernatorial Polls

Mar 17, 2023

Members of the  National Peace Committee (NPC) in Nigeria who include representatives of the Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have warned against voter suppression through “ethnic and religious labels” ahead of the Gubernatorial polls.

John Cardinal Onaiyekan. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network (NCN)

“Tragically questionable election”: Nigerian Cardinal in Disclaimer amid Misleading Post

Mar 6, 2023

John Cardinal Onaiyekan has described the Presidential poll in the West African nation as “a tragically questionable election”, and clarified the viral social media post that has him ask Nigerians to accept the results of the now disputed February 25 election.

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Wave of Murders after General Elections in Nigeria Forces Diocese to Evacuate Personnel

Mar 3, 2023

A Wednesday, March 1 post-election attack on villages in Nigeria’s Benue State left more than 30 murdered victims and forced the military to evacuate the staff at the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, according to latest reports from the ground.

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“Join in fervent prayer for credible, violence-free elections”: Archbishop in Nigeria

Feb 24, 2023

Nigerians have been urged to seek divine intervention in “fervent prayer for credible and violence-free elections”.

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Elect Leaders Who “strive to build a cohesive, harmonious, prosperous” Nigeria: Bishop

Feb 11, 2023

The electorate in the West African nation of Nigeria have been urged to elect political candidates who manifest hearts for “the weak and the vulnerable. 

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Elections Could Offer Nigerians “new lease of life”, Bishops Say, Urge Mass Voting

Jan 28, 2023

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. 

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Strengthen “existing security measures” to Protect Life: Bishops in Nigeria to Government

Jan 22, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province are urging the government to strengthen security measures so as to protect the life and properties of Nigerians.

Permanent Voters Card (PVC). Credit: INEC

Nigeria’s Elections “a long-awaited opportunity to democratically choose leaders”: Bishops

Jan 20, 2023

Next month’s general elections in Nigeria offer the electorate “a long-awaited opportunity” to have a new crop of democratically elected leaders, Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have said. 

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Catholic Peace Entity Fears for Military Crackdown in Nigerian States ahead of Elections

Dec 27, 2022

The Catholic charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has cautioned that violence in Nigeria’s Anambra and Imo States, accompanied with a military crackdown in the region, may increase as the country heads to the general elections slated for 25 February 2023.

Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria Needs Leaders Who Can Manage Cultural, Religious Diversity “very well”: Archbishop

Nov 25, 2022

Nigeria is in need of leaders capable of managing “very well” the cultural and religious diversity of citizens, the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Kaduna Archdiocese has said. 

Some members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the National Pastoral Congress in the Archdiocese of Benin City, Credit: CBCN

Nigeria’s Catholic Bishops Urge Electorate to Examine Credibility, Integrity of Candidates

Nov 11, 2022

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) are urging the electorate in the West African nation to look out for the political candidates’ credibility and integrity track record when casting their votes during the general elections scheduled for 25 February 2023.

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“Vote for a sincere, committed, dedicated leader”: Catholic Priest in Nigeria to Christian

Oct 27, 2022

An official of the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests' Association (NCDPA) has called upon Christians in the West African nation to “vote for a sincere, committed, and dedicated leader” in the general elections scheduled for February 2023.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah oversees the signing of the peace accord by candidates at the Abuja International Conference Center. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Catholic Bishop Cautions Politicians against Exploiting People’s “weaknesses”

Oct 1, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria has cautioned politicians against luring the electorate ahead of the country’s February 2023 general elections, saying political candidates “must not exploit weaknesses of our people”.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama after the opening Mass of the 3rd Abuja Catholic Archdiocesan General Assembly at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Let’s Foster “merit over mediocrity” in Nigeria’s 2023 Elections: Catholic Archbishop

Sep 23, 2022

The Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria has cautioned the electorate in the West African nation against mediocrity during the 2023 general elections, and advocated for “merit”.

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Credit: CBCN

Catholic Bishops, Priests in Nigeria Commit to Creating Awareness ahead of 2023 Elections

Sep 18, 2022

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and those of the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA) have jointly expressed their commitment to creating as much political awareness as possible at the grassroots level to encourage full participation of the electorate in the country’s elections slated for 25 February 2023.

Faith based leaders in Kenya during the joint prayer meeting with the IEBC on Wednesday, August 3. Credit: Courtesy Photo.

Conduct Credible Elections, “seal any loopholes”: Kenya’s Faith Leaders to Electoral Body

Aug 4, 2022

Religious leaders in Kenya have urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct Kenya’s August 9 general elections in a manner that does not trigger doubts about their credibility.

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) with President Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Presidency of Nigeria

Don’t Elect Candidates Associated with Cult, Corruption: Christian Leaders in Nigeria

Jul 21, 2022

Christian leaders in Nigeria have called on the people of God in the West African country to evaluate political candidates in the 2023 general elections so that politicians associated with “any cult”, corruption and any violent religious groups are not elected.