Nigerians have been advised not to vote for any candidate that is above 60 years if they really want things to change in Nigeria.
Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Revd Paulinus Ezeokafor
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Anambra State, Most Revd Paulinus Ezeokafor, has asked Nigerians not to vote for politicians above 60 years of age in the 2019 elections, Punch has reported.
According to him, such politicians are a “burden on the growth and development of the country,” as such should have quit active politics at such an age.
He gave the advice while speaking on Sunday in Awka, Anambra State. The Prelate wondered why candidates who retired from service would want to pilot the affairs of the country.
“I can’t understand why retirees would want to seek political offices. Such people are a burden to growth.
“I urge Nigerians to stop electing such people. 2019 is crucial in our history. We should vote wisely; we should avoid voting for retirees.”
He urged christians to ensure active participation during the 2019 general election, just as he condemned Christians who speak ill of government but would fail to participate in election processes.
According to him, the only way to vote out the wrong people during elections was to be fully involved, such as by obtaining the permanent voter card and casting one’s vote during elections.
The bishop condemn Christians who sell their votes for a token, adding that such people should be ready to endure the consequences.
He said Christians were entrusted with the responsibility of taking the lead in positive directions, tasking them to eschew nonchalant attitude.
Applauding the recent move by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission and Independent National Electoral Commission to check excessive spending by politicians during elections, the cleric said if implemented, it would restore sanity in the electoral process.