2019: Nigerians Torn Between Two Undesirable Presidential Candidates – Cardinal Onaiyekan
Ahead of the 2019 Presidential elections, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has said Nigerians may be forced to choose between two undesirable candidates as newly emerged political parties have failed to produce a credible alternative candidates.
In his speech presented at the weekend in Abuja during a sensitisation programme towards the 2019 general elections titled, ‘The Church in Politics, Towards Election Year-2019,’ Onaiyekan said the new political parties that would have joined forces to produce a credible alternative presidential candidate failed to do so due to selfishness and ego.
He said that at the moment, it would not be in the interest of the church to support one political party against the other; but to identify and stand behind those who can offer good governance for the people.
According to Cardinal Onaiyekan, the church and the clergies must come out clearly to support efforts to sanitise the political climate.
He said, “My dear brothers, our country is deeply in a great dilemma as we move towards the 2019 general elections. It would appear that we are faced with horrible tragedy of a choice between two well-known undesirable candidates.
‘’This is not only because both of them are Muslims but because we have seen both and we have no reason to be enthusiastic that they will do wonders. But this does not mean that we will completely give up interest, if we do, others are busy working. All it takes for evil to thrive is for the righteous to stay quiet and do what they call minding their own business, which means doing nothing.
“It is a pity that whereas there are over 90 political parties, there seems to be no viable alternative to the two mega parties that have failed us. Where is the alternative? It is a pity that they cannot come together to form a viable alternative.
‘’In my opinion, this is mainly because of their selfishness. Everybody wants to be president and wield power. No one wants to step down and join hands with others of like minds. We need to pray that there will be a way forward. We need to seriously tackle the devil of selfishness.’’