BY JULIET NONYELUM
Ahead of the Saturday 18tj March, 2023 Governorship and States Houses of Assembly elections in Nigeria, the Pentecostal Bishops Forum (PBF) had cautioned clerics both of the Christian and Islamic faiths to be mindful of their sermons, utterances and hate speeches to avoid inciting their followers and others.
Chairman of the forum, Kaduna State Chapter Bishop Ademola I. Tinuoye who made the call in an interview with newsmen on the forthcoming elections, also called on the good people of Kaduna State to come out en mass on the 18th March to vote/elect their leaders without sentiment.
He admonished that competence and inclusiveness which he said is better than gang up and conspiracy should be the yardstick for who to vote for regardless of party, religion or ethnicity.
“Christian and Muslim leaders must stop issuing statements that could create chaotic tension and over heat the polity, their speeches or sermons must be such that will calm nerves and promote peaceful and religious coexistence.
“While we appreciate the outgoing administration in Kaduna State under the leadership of Malam Nasir el-Rufai for infrastructural development in the state, we appeal to them that they should complete the ongoing projects especially those in the southern part of the state capital. Doing this will change some narratives”.
On the current naira notes and fuel challenges, Bishop Tinuoye urged the citizens to endure the challenges, saying it will soon be over, adding that it should not discouraged them from coming out to exercise their franchise.
He frowned at the renewed attacks on some communities of Zangon Kataf of Southern Kaduna and called on government and security agencies to rise up to the situation before it excalates beyond what it is now.
We pray for peace in the troubled Southern Kaduna and any other area in Nigeria. May the peace of God reign supreme and expose those behind the attacks” he prayed.