Popular Catholic religious group, the Knight of Saint Mulumba Nigeria (KSM) has advised all registered voters to reject the lure of selling and buying of their votes by selfish politicians because doing so will be tantamount to mortgaging their destinies and those of their children.
The group also urged voters not to allow themselves to be used as political thugs or agents of destabilisation.
KSM in a statement in Lagos, signed by its supreme knight, Diamond Ovueraye, said Nigerians should not exchange good governance for filthy lucre.
“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. Therefore we urge all Nigerians to register and obtain their voters cards. Then think wisely before you vote while shuning any form of inducement. Be an active participant in the affairs of your communities, engage your representatives defend your votes and be unceasing in your prayers for Nigeria,” he said.
Ovueraye encouraged registered voters to choose their leaders with wisdom and forethought noting that: “If you register to vote, you automatically have power in your hands to vote out any corrupt, insensitive and underperforming government.”
He also urged the media, as part of its civic role to create and shape public opinion, educate and strengthen society, to act against the injustice, oppression, misdeeds and partiality in the society.
Emphasising the role of religious leaders in the 2019 elections, Ovueraye stated that, “aside religious leaders acting as moral compasses in shaping attitudes, opinions and behaviours of their members who hold them in high esteem, they are not only leaders of their own faiths communities but they are also interlocutors between the leaders and followers of other faith.
“In other words, they must thus acquire a deeper and sympathetic understanding of other faiths. This will without doubt tone down the religion-political challenges in out polity.”
He expressed reservations over people’s unpleasant attitude towards the general election, saying the inept leadership over the years has made people to develop apathy.
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