Sultan, CAN President urge clerics to stop predicting winner of Presidential election before voting

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Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, (NSIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) Rev. Supo Ayokunle have warned religious leaders of the consequences of predicting winner of the next presidential election and other elective positions before the polls.

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They also urged them to be mindful of their preaching in order not to plunge the country into avoidable crises.
The two foremost religious leaders spoke in Abuja on Wednesday at the Second General Assembly of The Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP).

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They are both Patrons of the Forum while the theme of program is 2019 Elections and National Security: The Role of Interfaith Community.

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While noting that adherents of both Islam and Christianity in the country belong to different political parties and have preferences for different candidates, they said clerics prophesying on winners of elections yet to be held and preaching in favour and against candidates tend to create tension in the land and incite their followers against fellow Nigerians.

They said would-be winners should be allowed to freely emerge from the votes of the electorates while religious leaders should confine themselves to praying for righteous people to emerge irrespective of their religious dispositions.

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In a keynote address on the Muslims perspective, Professor Sani Abubakar Lugga, The Waziri of Katsina, said Nigerians and members of the international community are “very much concerned about the prospect of peaceful, free, fair and credible General Elections in February/March 2019.”
He added that “These concerns and fears are founded on the unfortunate rise in criminal activities and foul political utterances and actions; coupled with massive insecurity where Nigerians fear for their lives and properties in their homes , in the market, in the places of worship, on the roads, on the farms and indeed at wherever one finds himself or herself!”
Professor Lugga said “Nigerian Muslims and Christians, who make up more than 90 percent of the Nigerian population and by extension 90 percent of the Nigerian Interfaith Community , have the ultimate duty and responsibility of making Nigeria peaceful and progressive by not only professing religiosity through Church and Mosque services, but by also putting the religiosity into practice in daily private and public lives.”
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, J.U.K. Igwe who gave the keynote address from the Christian perspective said religious leaders should be circumspect in declaring who will win and who will lose an election in the name of prophesying. He noted that while some have predicted that President Muhammadu Buhari would be re-elected, some have predicted that the winner would be Alhaji Atiku Abubakar while a few others have said neither of the two would win.
He urged that clerics of both the Muslim and Christian faiths should “use prophesy in a manner that would promote peace and harmony.”
The co-chairmen of IDFP, Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni and Bishop Onuoha in their welcome addresses outlined steps so far taken by the Forum to build consensus and harmony across the religious divides.
They expressed appreciated to the Sultan and the CAN President for always responding to the calls of the group even at short notices despite their busy schedules.
They also urged Nigerians to take a cue from the spirit of friendship always demonstrated by the leaders of the two main religious faiths in the country.
The General Assembly was attended by many Muslim and Christian clerics and ambassadors of some foreign countries.

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