The country’s religious leaders have been warned by the Christian Association of Nigeria, against preaching sermons that will further divide the country ahead of the 2023 general elections.
CAN National President Rev. Dr. Daniel Okoh made the call during a dinner reception hosted in his honor by the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), the bloc on which he was elected CAN President. in July.
Okoh said engaging in such activities would build a culture of hatred and violence while misleading the younger generation.
“We will find ways to engage people from other faiths. We have no choice but to find ways to live together. We have fought our battles in the past. We have the advantage of exploiting our diversities. As Church leaders, we should only say things that bring us together.
“My responsibility is not to say things that will divide us. If that’s why people think I’m here, they’re wrong. When we talk about hate, we’re building a culture of hate and violence. while misleading the younger generation.
“We’ve hated each other in the past, but this is the time for healing. I’m not saying we have to give up our faith. We will use Jesus’ method and approach, which is commitment, and we will not compromise our faith in the process.
Okoh also said politicians who will remind us of our diversities are not needed in 2023 because all we need is the solution to unemployment, insecurity, banditry and inflation.
“Nigerians are sufficiently divided. We don’t want politicians or candidates who remind us of our diversities. We need solutions to unemployment, insecurity, banditry and inflation.
“We don’t want people talking to us about our religious and political differences. Our politicians should tell us what they plan to do and how they want to fix Nigeria. They should campaign on issues, not feelings. We do not want hate speech that will further polarize Nigeria.