Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) has asked Nigerians to vote for righteous public office seekers.
The group, in a statement it issued in Abuja yesterday through its general secretary, Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, said that “evil should not be an option for Nigerians anymore.” Emmanuel said that “rather than propose ‘two evils’ for Nigerians to choose from, NCEF proposes righteousness as the prerequisite for the new president. NCEF suggests that the third option should be a ‘righteous’ leader from any part of the country.”
The elders lamented that the two leading parties had failed the country for almost 20 years, pointing out that millions of Nigerians had been impoverished and pauperised since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999.
Instead of resigning to fate, NCEF appealed to Nigerians to “think new and develop new mindsets. What Nigeria needs are new leaders, new faces, new methods, new political parties so that a new nation can emerge.”
According to Emmanuel “the 2019 election is very crucial for our survival. It should not be won by the same selfish people so that Nigeria may not become a fascist nation.
“We call on the middle class, irrespective of religion, tribe, ethnicity or gender to become actively involved in the process of electing a new president. The middle class holds the key to the outcome of this election as it stands between the elite and the grass roots,” he said.
Members of the NCEF include Gen. Joshua Dongoyaro (rtd), Gen Lawani Lekwot (rtd), Ambassador Moses Ihonde, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), Justice James Ogebe (rtd), Dame Priscilla Kuye, Prof. Yussuf Turaki and Elder Shyngle Wiwge among others.