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JDPC Awka Diocese Warns Against Election Violence, Vote Buying

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…Urges Electorate to Vote According to Their Conscience

By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

The Director of Justice, Development and Peace Caritas (JDPC) Awka Diocese, Rev. Fr. Levi Ndubisi Ukor, has called on electorate to shun violence, vote buying and as vote according to their conscience, noting that accepting money to vote in the wrong person would be tantamount to anarchy and doom..

Rev Fr. Ukor who stated this at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka described JDPC as the social arm of the Church tasked with ensuring good governance and sound political participation within society.

‘Here in Awka Diocese, we have worked and are still working hard to perform these functions to the best of our abilities. By this Saturday, if everything goes according to plan, the good people of Anambra state will have another opportunity to choose who becomes their governor for the next four years.

‘While we anxiously await the experimentation of electronic voting during this election, JDPC Awka Diocese would wish to categorically state the following: Election is not a do or die affair. As such, all hands must be on deck to provide the best conducive environment for peaceful election. All candidates must be driven by passion to provide quality leadership to the people.

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JDPC Awka Diocese Warns Against Election Violence, Vote Buying

‘The Independent National Electoral Commission must remain independent and committed as they have always been. This is not a time for arrangements to favour one against the other. No government agency must allow herself to be intimidated or used as a tool for intimidating the electorates. Voter intimidation should be prevented before it is condemned.

‘Security agencies must do more to protect the average Anambrarian who is willing to exercise his or her franchise, while according them in full, their fundamental human rights. Finally, if democracy still remains the government of the people, for and by the people, then the will of the people must be allowed to prevail in all circumstances.

‘JDPC Awka Diocese has deemed it fit to address you on various matters arising from this forthcoming election.
We are all aware of the security challenges which citizens of Anambra had had to grapple with, within the last few months.

‘It is something of concern to JDPC and the Church at large, that most people can no longer sleep comfortably, travel to their destinations in peace or be about their normal businesses without feeling insecure. Killings, kidnappings, shootings, banditry and similar discomforting situations have dominated our news recently.

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‘Several factors may be attributable to these sad occurrences, but it is quite clear that the situation worsened with the advent of political campaigns in the state. Be that as it may, it is really not what the state is known for.

‘Amidst this sad situation and more, what can we do? We must not lose hope. The Justice, Development and Peace Caritas (JDPC), Awka Diocese has not and will never lose hope. We wish to encourage the good people of Anambra state to stay strong in this trying moment. In the words of the Psalmist in (Ps. 91 vs 7), thousands may fall at our side; ten thousand at our right hand; but it shall not come near us. We must not give up; neither shall we shy away from our democratic duties.

‘Anambra has always been the pace-setter in recording peaceful elections and she will always be. No matter what happens, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

‘We thank the government of the state and all government agencies that have swiftly risen to these challenges. In particular, we thank the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for their doggedness, diligence and resilience so far. It is clear that the lives of the staff and the properties of this commission have been put in danger severally, but they have not given up.

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‘The introduction of electronic voting by INEC is another giant stride recorded in our democracy, as we believe this will ensure transparency and protection of votes everywhere. We also thank the security agencies who make effort to secure lives and properties even when theirs are in danger.

‘We sincerely thank ndi Anambra for their understanding and commitment to the course of good governance. We thank INEC once more, this time for letting JDPC be part of the monitoring process for this election. This is a privilege that will boost confidence from all and sundry.

‘Under the paternal guidance of my Lord Bishops Most Rev. Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor and his auxiliary Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye whose unwavering support led us thus far, we will do our work well, without fear or favour,’ he concluded.

For his part, the Project Coordinator, Mr Nelson Whyte Nwaenyi appealed to electorate to adhere strictly to rules and regulations governing every voting process, saying that money collected in a election day would not solve any problem.

‘We promise everyone that our men will be on ground to see what is happening and render accurate reports afterwards,’ he said.

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The General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, E.A. Adeboye on Sunday, revealed his conversation with an undisclosed person on who would succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

The renowned clergy who spoke during a sermon at the church’s National Headquarters, Ebute Meta, Lagos State, said some desperate Nigerians are already planning how to kill themselves to win political elections in 2023.

Adeboye said while some of the politicians are lost in the pursuit of election coming 2023, they failed to consider whether the country’s corporate existence would remain till the election time.

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He said, “Someone asked me, who do you think is going to be President in 2023 and I said President of where? He said Nigeria. I said how are you sure there will be Nigeria in 2023. I pray there will be, so don’t misquote me but are you sure?

“Jeremiah 45:5, 2 Chronicles 26:3-22. Some people want fame, they want power – political power. This is 2021 some people are already getting ready to kill themselves over 2023.

“They don’t even know whether there will be 2023. If there is 2023, whether they will still be around. There is nobody who can say for sure that they will still be around tomorrow. It is God who decides who will be around in 2023”.

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The operatives of the Imo State Police Command have arrested one Pastor Izuchukwu Anoloba, 35, and others for kidnapping a Catholic priest, Fr Fidelis Ekemgba.

Parading the suspects and others, the state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini, said that the suspects held the priest for over seven days and made him to pay a ransom of N5 million to them.

The CP, who disclosed that the syndicate was a deadly one, disclosed that the pastor was arrested in Lagos following intelligence gathering by men of the anti-kidnapping unit of the command.

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He disclosed that the priest, 45, in charge of St. Peters Catholic Parish in Umunohu Amakaohia in the Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area of the state, was double-crossed and whisked away by his abductors.

Commending his men for an excellent job, the CP said that he would continue to make the state uncomfortable for criminals.

Speaking to journalists, Anoloba said that he got N1.5m from the ransom the priest paid them.

He said, “I am a pastor with Apostolic Church of Christ in Lagos. I got N1.5 million from the kidnap of the priest. I never knew I would be arrested. I regret my actions because I am now a disgrace to the body of Christ and my family.”

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The Christian Association of Nigeria has warned that no Christian should be killed in Zamfara State, just as it asked security agencies to protect all churches in the state and prevent terrorists from carrying out their threats against Christians.

The Association stated that the threat against Christians and churches by the terrorists is a divisive strategy against the effort of Christian and Muslim leaders towards ending criminalities in the North-West.

CAN also called on the Department of State Security and the Inspector General of Police to investigate those who are speaking for the terrorists with a view to unmasking their sponsors and beneficiaries of their criminalities.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘No Christian Should Be Killed in Zamfara – CAN Warns,’ signed by the General Secretary, CAN, Barr Joseph Bade Daramola.

According to CAN, “The State Police Command has reportedly confirmed that a threat letter was sent to the Christians in the state asking them to stop worship and to close down churches or risk their violent attacks. We also learnt that it was the Police that even informed the state chapter of the Association about the threat.

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“We know that all kidnappings and other criminalities being perpetrated in the North-Western part of the country are the handiwork of terrorists who either migrated from the North-East or those who were released under the purported rehabilitation programme of the Federal government.

“Now that a Federal High Court has labelled those criminals terrorists, we call on the Police, the military authorities and other security agencies to rise up to the challenge of the terrorists who have turned kidnappings into the biggest business venture in the geopolitical zone.

Threat: No Christian should be killed in Zamfara, CAN warns

“The way and manner by which our security agencies have been handling those criminals are totally unacceptable, reprehensible and unprecedented. Criminals are criminals irrespective of their religious, political and ethnic affiliations and they should be treated as just. We also called on the Department of State Security and the Inspector General of Police to Investigate those who are speaking for the terrorists with a view to unmasking their sponsors and beneficiaries of their criminalities.

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“The leadership of the national Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in our recent visit to Sokoto and Kebbi states was alarmed, surprised and shocked by the record of those criminals who are killing and kidnapping with impunity in the area as if there was a pact between them and the security agencies. Now that both the leaderships of Christianity and Islam in the country are working together on how to stop their criminalities in the Northwest, they are now trying to introduce divisive ways by declaring war against Christians and churches in the zone especially in Zamfara State where they are gradually turning into their strongholds.

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“We have no problem with Islam or with our Muslim brothers and sisters but with the handful fanatics and their financiers who have declared war against Christianity. We appeal to all peace-loving Muslims to speak against those who are painting Islam what is not. We know that there is no right-thinking Muslim leader who will be happy with the killings of Christians.

“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to sanction any Commissioner of Police or Zonal Police Commanders and the Director of State Security Services wherever kidnappers operate in the country henceforth. This will go a long way in reducing the menace as we are approaching the Yuletide season. We have never had it this bad. We also called on the Federal government to refund all the ransom paid for the release of those who were abducted in the last five years. We reiterate our quest for the State Police in order to reduce the security burden on the Federal government-controlled Police. The Police have been overwhelmed with the menace of insecurity in the country.

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“President Buhari should also direct the Police to arraign all suspected kidnappers, bandits and terrorists in their custody with a view to stopping those who are perpetrating the atrocities. Failure to do this will force the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to ask our members to embrace the principle of self-defence wherever the security agencies appeared compromised. Up till today, the perpetrators of the genocide in the Southern Kaduna are still walking freely despite the killings of hundreds of our members. We cannot be reduced to refugees in the country that belongs to us again.

“Finally, we call on all Christians and peace-loving Muslims to pray against their threats and for our security agencies to be able to stop all criminalities in the country. Enough is enough.”

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