The General Overseer of the United Apostolic Church of Christ (UACC) Worldwide, Reverend James Boyo Owoyemi has called on politicians to avoid actions and words that could cause disaffection and disrupt the peace of Nigeria as they are working towards the 2023 general elections.
The cleric urged young people to engage in meaningful endeavors that would add value to their lives and destinies rather than being allowed to be used as agents of disruption in political processes and elections.
Rev Owoyemi, who spoke to reporters at the end of the 57e The Supreme Executive Council, meeting in Lagos, said religious leaders must preach peace, love and unity among citizens at this critical juncture in the country’s history, saying Nigeria would overcome its present turmoil.
Speaking on the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election, the UACC president advised that “politicians should know what the people want. If they want to govern us , then they know that the interests of individuals must be taken into consideration.
“Nigeria is a complex state with multi-religious institutions, and if you want to govern the country, have the president and the vice-president of the same faith, other religious bodies will not feel important, that’s what politicians should consider and make sure the system is one.
According to him, “Just like the ethnic groups of the country, there is no way to bring the president and his vice from the same ethnic group and want the other groups to be silent, they will feel unimportant. Politicians should work to unify the country and refrain from actions that make others feel like second-class citizens.
On his advice to young people, the cleric noted that “the challenge with young people today is that many of them do not want to work and this poses dangers for society. We tell them now that if they want to climb the ladder of success or get anywhere, they have to start somewhere. They must avoid violence; there is no shortcut to success in life. If you want to cut short, you will be cut.