We would remain apolitical, says Catholic Church – The Sun Nigeria
From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
As political activity that would culminate in the 2023 general election gathers momentum, the Catholic Church has reaffirmed its position that it will remain apolitical and will not weigh in on any candidate vying for political office, especially the office. of president.
Nevertheless, he said he would continue to encourage Christians, especially Catholics and other faithful, to develop more interest in politics and to participate fully in the process, so that they can participate in choosing their leaders.
Secretary General, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Very Rev. Zacharia Samjumi, who reaffirmed the position of the Catholic Secretariat at a media conference in Abuja on Friday, however disagreed with the impression that the policy is dirty and should be left to dirty people is wrong and needs to be corrected.
He said: “This impression is very wrong and should be corrected. We need to start making people realize that politics is not a ‘dirty’ game or a ‘do or die’ business as has been believed over the years. We always use every available opportunity to encourage our people to enter politics, clean up the system and then participate in the process of choosing political leaders.
“Joining people who believe politics is a ‘dirty’ game and abandoning the process is a disastrous decision for individuals and the church. This means that “dirty” people would take advantage of the vacuum to occupy the offices and start making decisions for me and you who claimed to be “clean” and educated.
“As the general elections are fast approaching, many people have sought the official support of the Catholic Church for their political ambition, but we often pray for them and wish them good luck in their political journey. This has been our position.
Meanwhile, the Director of Social Communications, CSN, Very Rev. Michael Nsikak Umoh, in his remarks, said the Catholic Church looks forward to the next administration that will leave no room for commercial blame or petty partisanship defined by tribal, ethnic, religious or political affiliation.
He said: “These tools in the hands of typical politicians have been used for too long to hypnotize and exploit the people. Most politicians use them as a smokescreen to hide their clandestine interests and ambitions.
“The only reasonable political consideration left to choose, regardless of tribe, language, and religious beliefs, is between truth and falsehood, good and evil, oppressed and oppressor, loyal citizens and disloyal from Nigeria. These are the only two parties that currently count in the country.
“Now, more than ever, the time has come for true Nigerians to rise up in unison to take action and lend their voices to all that is good and noble in order to save our country. It is time to wake up and correct the mistakes of the past that have plunged the nation into the atrocious suffering that we are currently experiencing.
“We can’t wait for another chance, if we’re blessed to have this one; and we may not get another chance to save this nation if we don’t take advantage of this one.
“In view of this, every good citizen in Nigeria must go out to get their voter registration card, while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must ensure that the process is facilitated for the people and that the votes of the people are counted during election.”