The Anglican Archbishop of Province of the Niger, Most Reverend Alexander Ibezim has reacted to the Muslim/Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, saying that Christians should not be treated as second class citizens by being ignored by a major political party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The presidential flag bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a Muslim had picked former Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima as his running mate for next year’s poll.
Archbishop Ibezim who was speaking to the press in Awka ahead of his 60th birthday and episcopate anniversary celebrations, opined that if Nigeria will succeed, the plurality of the Nigerian society should not be neglected and regretted that the choice to fly a Muslim/Muslim ticket is a clear indication that some persons are bent on turning Christians in the country to second class citizens.
He said that realistically considering the antecedents of the country as a culturally and religiously diverse country, a Christian/Muslim ticket should be prioritized by the electorate in 2023 presidential elections to achieve social harmony and maintain the unity of the country.
Archbishop Ibezim who is also the Bishop of the Diocese of Awka used the occasion to request the Governor Chukwuma Soludo to swing into action and come up with modalities to make Awka a true capital city especially in the construction of failed roads scattered across the city.
Earlier, the Archbishop Ibezim described his life as a journey of faith, God’s grace, soul winning, evangelism and commitment to youth empowerment through education and vocational training as well as improvement of the health sector.
He specially appreciated a former Primate of Church Of Nigeria, the Late Most Reverend Joseph Adetiloye, the Archbishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma and his predecessor and former Dean, Church Of Nigeria, Most Reverend Maxwell Anikwenwa and the traditional ruler of Mbaukwu, Igwe Peter Anugwu for their support and encouragement through his twelve years of episcopacy.
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