The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Anambra State, Most Revd. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has asked Nigerians not to vote for politicians above 60 years of age in the 2019 elections.
Describing such politicians as a “burden on the growth and development of the country,” the bishop said they ought to have quit active politics at such an age.
Speaking on Sunday in Awka, Anambra State, the Prelate wondered why candidates who retired from service would want to pilot the affairs of the country.
“I can’t understand why retirees would want to seek political offices. Such people are a burden to growth.
“I urge Nigerians to stop electing such people. 2019 is crucial in our history. We should vote wisely; we should avoid voting for retirees.”
He urged christians to ensure active participation during the 2019 general election, just as he condemned Christians who speak ill of government but would fail to participate in election processes.
He insisted that the only way to vote out the wrong people during elections was to be fully involved, such as by obtaining the permanent voter card and casting one’s vote during elections.
The bishop cautioned Christians who sell their votes for a token, adding that such people should be ready to endure the consequences.
He said Christians were entrusted with the responsibility of taking the lead in positive directions, tasking them to eschew nonchalant attitude.
Applauding the recent move by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission and Independent National Electoral Commission to check excessive spending by politicians during elections, the cleric said if implemented, it would restore sanity in the electoral process.