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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has allayed the fears of Nigerians over the 2023 elections.
Osinbajo, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha at the 2022 Service of Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday evening at the National Christian Centre in Abuja, said that fear should be replaced with assurances and belief in God
He said: “Your theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Fear not’. This is a very important subject for every one of us even as we approach 2023 which has been described as a year that Nigeria seems to be at a crossroads. We are approaching the year 2023. Yes, we are going to have elections and we are going to have a census exercise.
“All these issues come with a lot of questions, but we have an assurance from our Lord and Saviour. He will not let our hearts be troubled. We should believe in Him and believe in God.”
National President of the Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN) Archbishop Daniel Okoh advised that fear should not make Nigerians resort to making negative decisions like rigging and violence.
He said: “As Nigerians prepare for the general elections in 2023, many people are not sure of the outcomes. There are fears that some may resort to violence if the elections do not favour them. It is a period that arsonists have already destroyed election materials in certain places with the mindset to truncate the process of the elections in 2023.
“We are in a precarious time because people who are displaced from their homes due to insecurity are not sure of how to participate in the forth-coming elections.
“These situations are really frightening but how should we respond to these situations in which we find ourselves? Fear could lead to irreparable mistakes. Should we live in fear? No, we should not be afraid even in the face of all these challenges.
“Let the story of Christmas move us to speak the language of peace to our neighbours regardless of differences in religion, ethnicity or political leanings.
“We should not allow fear to stop us from working against injustice. Let the resources and positions in governance be shared equitably among people of all regions and tribes. Equitable distribution of positions should not threaten the existence of any ethnic or religious group, rather it will help us to harness the abundance of potentials in our dear country for national development.
“We should not allow the fear of losing elections to lead us into violence and rigging before, during and after the 2023 elections. Politicians should engage in electioneering campaigns and elections properly with the mindset that after all genuine efforts are made, we should surrender to God for the final decision.
“We should not allow fear to lead us to the temptation of misleading the unsuspecting public with fake and disjointed stories. Religious and political leaders and the media must present the true position of issues to Nigerians to enable them to make informed decisions at the polls for the good of all.
“Fear of the unknown should not be allowed to lead our young people to migrate to other countries in search of greener pastures. We can make our pastures here greener again. It requires commitment and consistency.
“The fear of living in poverty should not lead people to steal public funds. Fear leads people to amass wealth through illegal means. It is important to point out that those who see corrupt activities going on but do not speak against such activities are afraid of being exposed as accomplices or afraid of their lives. Fear does not bring progress.”
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