As controversy continues over the Muslim/Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 presidential election, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has given causes it believed the stated ticket was not in one of the best curiosity of the nation.
The Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the physique, Bishop (Dr) Emmah Isong, who spoke in Calabar, Tuesday, whereas taking part in host to the brand new government committee members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Cross River state council, suggested politicians to contemplate the curiosity of the nation as precedence when taking political selections.
Bishop Isong, who’s the Presiding Bishop of the Calabar-based Christian Central Chapel Int’l (CCCI) and doubles because the Patron of the NUJ, Zone F, stated, “the structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and even the structure of many political events discuss justice, fairness, fair-play and steadiness of area and faith.
“The problem of the Muslim Muslim ticket is just not imagined to be fallacious if there have been no backdrop underlying components of terrorist actions and suspected intimidation of Christianity and certainly Islam; bombing of Church buildings throughout weddings, kidnap of a number of Church leaders and homicide of clergymen/pastors with none type of punishments.
“On the backdrop of this spiritual persecution and discrimination comes the condemnation of the Muslim Muslim ticket, not as a ticket however as an absence of knowledge at a time like this. This isn’t the time to ponder such issues. A few of these condemning the Muslim Muslim ticket are Muslims leaders who’re saying ‘look, the Koran says you need to do justice even when it doesn’t favour you.’
“Have a look at this fashion, if a Christian was president for 8 years and was handing over energy to a different Christian who would now go for an additional Christian as vp, would individuals not elevate eyebrows? It’s towards pure justice.
“Once more, why did the person who’s choosing a Muslim from the north not choose a Muslim from the south? The reason being that he needed to steadiness the regional equation of the South/North divide. Should you steadiness the regional query, why don’t you additionally search to steadiness the spiritual equation of Muslim/Christian?”
Earlier, the Chairman of the NUJ within the State, Comrade Gill Nsa, appealed to the Bishop, who he addressed as “father of the Union within the zone,” for fatherly blessings to allow the brand new government committee succeed, and subsequently mulled a thanksgiving service within the Christian Central Chapel within the subsequent few weeks.
Comrade Nsa stated the brand new management would attempt to uphold the ethic of the journalism occupation which, he stated, is based on objectivity, steadiness, and equity to make sure professionalism, including that this is able to improve the watch-dog roles of the media.
“Along with your blessings and fatherly help, we’ll surmount obstacles and fulfill our electioneering marketing campaign guarantees of striving for the welfare of our members. Let the connection between the NUJ and the CCCI be sturdy as was earlier than and we guarantee you that we are going to not allow you to and our individuals down,” the Chairman acknowledged.