The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has directed all Nigerian churches to advise their members to vote against presidential candidates who have previous links to hard drugs, Boko Haram, corruption or any violent religious groups.
This was published in a circular that came from the Political and Strategic Committee of CAN and was circulated to all churches in Nigeria.
According to the circular, titled “2023 General Elections; Whom To Vote For,” CAN enumerated qualities that the presidential candidate must possess and the policies that should either be implemented or rejected.
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Among the qualities CAN said Christians should look out for in a candidate are honesty, truthfulness, respect for the rule of law, respect for religious and ethnic diversity, compassion, disciplined and credibility.
The body said the candidate must not be a member of any cult and have no connection with drugs, witchcraft, Boko Haram or any violent religious group.
CAN said the candidate must have excellent performance in previous positions, have a good education sufficient to manage a complex company and have effective management skills in human and natural resources.
The statement reads: “Offices must be shared fairly to every section of Nigeria.
There must be equal ethnic and religious representation in military and security agencies. We say no to the RUGA settlement policy and yes to ranching.
“Education and free healthcare should be available to all Nigerians including almajiris. We reject free grazing, rather there should be modernization of animal husbandry, local control of the economy, including water, rivers and forests. Everyone should control what we have.
“The candidate must not be a member of any cult, have no involvement in drugs and witchcraft, no fanaticism, no affiliation with Boko Haram or other violent religious groups. One must have quality performance in previous positions, good education sufficient to manage a complex company, effective management of human and natural resources.
“The person must have the ability to envision transformation, ability to communicate the vision to diverse peoples, ability to effectively effect the vision of transformation, must be in good health, sound mind and physical fitness for the job.