…Says, “Country needs a leader to take it out of economic woes, insecurity.”
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Age limit and religion disparity should not be the yardstick for electing Nigeria’s President in 2023 as being speculated, the vice chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern States and FCT, Rev. Joseph John Hayap, has advocated.
Rev. Hayap, in a statement he personally signed and issued in Kaduna stated that those canvassing for age and religion as benchmark for 2023 presidency should bury the idea, saying, the agenda would further divide the people and put country in more a difficult situation.
“Nigerians, today, simply need a leader that can deliver the goods, unite the nation and take us out of our economic woes and insecurity challenges.
“Those coming out to talk about the age and region of our next President are only out to start an agenda that will further divide us and put Nigeria in a more difficult situation.
“Our Association, therefore, wishes to warn the Nation against these unhealthy moves and also to appeal to Nigerians not to allow these short-sighted and selfish considerations to becloud our reasoning.
“We have elected leaders in the past because of some of these considerations but only ended with regrets and lack of progress. Those, who have been misleading us with these parochial views anytime elections are around the corners, have started a new game, which we must all resist and never give them space.
“How long should we allow our country to be dancing back-and-forth when looking for a genuine leader? Every citizen that truly loves this country knows that we have suffered too long and need to shine our eyes.
“The age of whoever will become Nigeria’s leader should never be an issue for debate, because Nigerians must never allow anyone that does not have good leadership credentials and capacity to be her leader just because he is young or old, but our concern should be for us all to look for a good and detribalized Nigerian, who can fight insecurity, stop corruption, make the country to move forward,” Hayap stated.