By Jude Michael

The presiding bishop and General Superintendent of Grace of God Mission International, Bishop Paul Nwachukwu, has said that Nigeria is a secular state for which a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election will be unacceptable to Christians. Nwachukwu admonished the two leading political parties that had chosen Muslims as their flag bearer to remember that choosing Muslims as their running mates also would amount to neglect of Christians. Delivering his sermon on Sunday, titled: ‘’The battle I will like to lose’’, he advised the political class to bear in mind that Nigeria was a secular nation and that in choosing their running mates, another Muslim would not be tolerated. ‘Nigeria belongs to all of us, and every part of the country and religion is important. Choosing Muslims as their running mates will amount to neglecting Christians,’ Nwachukwu said. The bishop charged Christians all over the country to ensure they had their PVCs, saying that this was not the time to be indecisive about whether to participate in electoral processes or not. He told his congregation that their only chance of participating in choosing a leader for the country was by participating in the ongoing voter registration exercise. He also called on INEC to make the process seamless for the people, noting that the electorate were now very aware and ready to participate in the processes that would lead to the enthronement of a new leader in 2023. The bishop blamed the resurgence of idolatry on recent barbaric killings in the country, especially the attack in Owo, Ondo State, saying that it was targeted at Christianity as a religion, while urging them to rise up and fight their battle spiritually.

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