Reverend Matthew Kukah, the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, has advised Christians to elect a competent leader during the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking at the 2022 Church Leaders Summit in Yola, Kukah noted nobody can possibly sway Christian votes for a particular candidate during the forthcoming general elections.
He urged Christians to set aside emotions while making their choices on election day.
“After all we’ve been through in Nigeria, we must avoid a mentality of ‘us versus them,” Kukah said.
“Nobody is going to force you as a Christian to vote one way or the other.
“And as I said, I’m moving away from this binary view of Christians and Muslims. That’s not who we are as Nigerians. That’s not what happens in the marketplace or across the country. There are no Christian roads, no Christian thieves or Muslim saints.
“For me, I don’t see how any Christian – I’m sorry to say – should be worried about the choice that a political party has made. Whatever decision any politician makes, they will live with the consequences,” he added.
Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party’s Peter Obi are the three top presidential candidates in the 2023 elections.