A former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Cardinal John Onaiyekan wants politicians to stop the win at all cost syndrome.
Cardinal Onaiyekan also urged politicians to stop using utterances that can divide the country.
He described the attitude of some politicians who believe in win at all cost approach in the 2023 general election as undemocratic.
“For politicians, I will beg them. Enough of lies, enough of insistence that we must win because there are politicians who keep saying we must win this election, whatever it takes, we will win,” Cardinal Onaiyekan said on Sunday.
“That kind of language is not democratic; it is the language of those who are going to war. They use belligerent language very often in their campaign. That will not carry Nigeria into any better waters. We want a Nigeria that we can be proud of.”
The former CAN President urged politicians to shun ethno- religious sentiment and promote actions that unite the nation.
“Our problem is really not with ethnicity and religion. It cannot be with ethnicity because we really have no choice in the matter. I was born in Kabba. So, I’m a Yoruba man, not by choice but by accident of birth. And if it is like that for every Nigerian, it should not be an issue.
“As for religion, again, it is a choice that people make freely and therefore, it should not be an issue,” he said.
The cleric also caution religious leaders against using their platforms to cause mayhem but insist on the unity of the country.
“The other aspect is when politicians, because they want to win elections, do all they can to manipulate religion, and they use it in order to get people to vote for them because they claim to be of a particular religion.
Cardinal John Onaiyekan said “It is possible to refuse to be manipulated by politician but when people decide on their own that they want to manipulate their own religious sentiments, there is nothing anybody can do about it,.”
Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Julian Osamoto & Adeniyi Bakare