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Christian leaders slam Atiku over comments on South-East presidency –

The thorny issue of partitioning has prompted reactions from Christian leaders who have reiterated the importance of having a Nigerian president from the southeast.

Alluding to comments made by the People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku AbubakarClergy reprimanded him for making “insulting” comments about the emergence of Southeastern’s presidency.

The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) issued the appeal through a statement issued on Wednesday, signed by the secretary, Rev. Bosun Emmanuel.

The panel included: Judge Solomon Asemota, SAN, whose members were General Zamani Lekwot, retired; Elder Moses Ihonde, Elder Nat Okoro, General TY Danjuma, retired; Elder Matthew Owojaiye, Hon. Judge Kalajine Anigbogu, retired; , Elder Shyngle Wigwe, DIG PL Dabup, Sir John W. Bagu, Dr. Saleh Hussaini; and Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife.

The stance comes after Peter Obi’s popularity among the younger population soared as two established parties – the All Progressive Congress Party and the People’s Democratic Party – fielded a Westerner and a A northerner.

At the 2022 consultation meeting of Abia State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in Umuahia, Atiku insisted that he remains the shortest path to an Igbo Nigerian president.

He further promised that if elected Nigeria’s president in 2023, he would serve only one term to make way for the southeast to assume the presidency in 2027.

Abubakar Atiku Presidential Project Technical Committee Chairman Raymond Alegho Dokpesi represented the former Vice President at the event.

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“Alhaji Abubakar Atiku is the surest option; he is the shortest path to the presidency in the South East. The truth is, he will be around 80 years old by then. We just need him now to save Nigeria. As a country, we face serious challenges Challenge. Once we have laid the groundwork to restructure and move Nigeria forward, then he will back out. He will not come because he is hungry, but he has an agenda and that agenda is Nigeria.

“We are in a dire situation in Nigeria. We need unity. We need to wrest power from these imposters who have stopped power and left Nigeria stranded. If I am alive by then, if South East is not President, I will Join a one-man parade naked. I will risk my life. I will never be silent. It is a matter of time,” Dokpesi said.

However Christianity In their statement, the leaders cautioned against such inflammatory rhetoric, which could divide the country as elections begin.

“The unfortunate statement by some presidential candidates that they will lay the groundwork for the presidency in the southeast after their turn is not only an insult to ordinary Nigerian voters, but also akin to inflammatory statements by religious clerics, which does not benefit The overall peaceful coexistence and fairness of the Nigerian project. We speak as Christian elders,” the group said.

The statement also warned against neglecting a region, which could have repercussions for national unity.

It reads in part, “On the question of the President’s travel to the southeast of the country, we boldly say that in order to complete and show sincerity towards the post-Civil War 3Rs (Rehabilitation; Reconstruction; and Reintegration) and the Federal Government’s “victorious The “undefeated” policy is still relevant, so it is only right that the region has a chance to produce the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“All other districts are represented in the presidency, and if there are no second-class citizens, credible candidates in the geopolitical southeast should be voted into the seat if there is a genuine desire to stamp out separatist agitation across the country.”

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