2023: Sheikh Gumi Picks Up Voter Card, Sends Message To Nigerians
A Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has advised Nigerians to vote for their preferred candidate in the 2023 general elections without fear or intimidation.
Naija News reports that Gumi made this known on Wednesday on his verified Facebook page, after collecting his Permanent Voter Card (PVC) at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Kaduna State.
The cleric asserted that Nigerians should not be intimidated by regional, sectional, religious or sectarian bigots to submission, adding that voting was the only way to snatch power and run away with it.
He also urged Nigerians to pick up their PVCs at various collection centers across the country, adding that voter cards are more important now than school certificates and international passports.
The cleric also admonished the electorates to make their votes count in the 2023 general elections by choosing credible, competent, and trustworthy leaders.
He wrote: “Vote your choice without coercion, fear, or blackmail. Your vote counts therefore get your voter’s card as it is the only way left to ascension to power or in other words: to ‘snatch power and run away with it’.
“Your voter’s card. Alhamdulillah! I got mine. please go and get yours. Without exaggeration, it’s the most important document one can hold now, more important than an international passport or even certificates. It’s the card that empowers you to choose your leader and you don’t need to be lectured on the importance of leadership which cannot be overemphasized.
“Insecurity, bad infrastructures, poor health services, dwindling economy, civil strife, and disunity squarely depends on leadership. There are nations more diversified in all facets of human dimensions than Nigeria, India as an example, that have developed and have relative stability and security Nigerians can only dream of today.
“It’s not our diversity that is the problem. It’s our parochial leaders, whether; regional, sectional, religious, or sectarian that amplify our differences for the narrow-minded benefits of themselves as well as their families and cronies. Your voter’s card is your God-given weapon to fight the enemies of progress.
“In a democracy, it’s your numbers that matter; therefore, your voter’s card is the scarecrow that humbles the politicians to succumb to your demands.
“Your voter’s card is your vanguard. You should not be intimidated by regional, sectional, religious or sectarian bigots to submission. Vote your choice without coercion, fear, or blackmail.
“You cannot get a perfect candidate or Party. Look at your overriding interest and vote. Don’t waste your precious vote except where it matters. It only matters where there are numbers and higher probability. But most important don’t be bought, compelled, or blackmailed, and be proud of your choice. May Allah see us through the elections peacefully. Amin.”