By Nna Anulumadu
A former Senator representing Anambra Central, Sen. Victor Umeh has cautioned Church leaders against denominational politics, hate speech too.
Umeh gave the advice during the 2021 Seminar/Workshop organised by the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Awka Diocese at Retreat, Pastoral and Conference Centre, Okpuno, Awka on Sept. 18.
The senator explained that such acts were capable of instigating a denominational crisis ahead in the Nov. 6 Gubernatorial Election in Anambra.
He harped on the need to elect a credible person that would move the state to greater heights.
He called for unity of purpose; shun sentiments in order to avoid losing the election, noting that election time was a peculiar period as well as trying time for the Church.
Umeh denounced a video that went viral claiming that recruitment into the Anambra State Civil Service was based on religious denomination where only Catholics were employed.
He said that such a thing never existed, explaining that it was a strategy by those who want to de-market the state to sow seeds of discord; and a direct assault on the Roman Catholic faith.
The Papal Knight noted that a venerable man made that video to castigate the Roman Catholic Church, urging fellow citizens to apologise to both the Church and the state government for orchestrating falsehood.
Umeh, then, called on all to be alert, strong and pragmatic in order to be able to discern certain political machinations and manipulations to achieve free and fair elections on Nov. 6.