The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned political parties in the country against heating up the polity with either Christian/Christian ticket or Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket come 2023 general election.
CAN’s President, Samson Ayokunle stated this on Thursday while leading the Association’s leadership to a parley with the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege in his office at the National Assembly complex in Abuja.
“Concerning 2023 elections, we would admonish you, politicians, not to heat up the polity in any way as the campaigns are opened by guiding the utterances that would be coming out of you. There is already tension in the land because of insecurity.
“We equally want to urge you on the presidency that a balance of both religious practitioners be considered. We don’t want Christian/Christian ticket nor Muslim/Muslim ticket,” he said.
Ayokunle went on to express dissatisfaction and disappointment with the state of the economy and its impact on the polity as he called for an enabling environment to cushion the effect on the people.
“The Church is worried about inflation in the land which has sent many people out of business. Unemployment is at an unimaginable level. While we appreciate the efforts of the legislative assemblies in calling the attention of the executive to this, more robust and daring efforts are required to nip these things in the bud.
“Enabling environment should be created for investments and incentives or tax exceptions given to local manufacturers on some goods,” the CAN President said.