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Group advocates vetting of aspirants by religious leaders

Legacy Initiative International (LII), a civil society organisation, has stressed the need for Christian and Islamic religious leaders to collaborate and interrogate the capacity of political office aspirants.
The group’s grand patron and former chairman of Police Equipment Trust Fund, Dr. Kenny Martins, who made the call, while speaking with journalists in Lagos, said it will help enthrone the God factor in the consciousness of voters, which will in turn enthrone good governance.
Martins, who recalled roles played by members of the group in stabilising the country’s democracy in the past, however, lamented that the group’s efforts had been seemingly frustrated by the enthronement of leaders without capacity to drive the country.
According to him, despite the number of churches and mosques in the country, the God factor had been totally removed from governance.
He said: “It is time we agree that the state, power and the church cannot be separated. You don’t have to do politics, but you need to go for power and good governance. So, what we are saying is that Christians and Muslims should sit down on that table we call alter of spirituality and look at the challenges Nigeria is facing such as killings and corruption and agree on a template that would be used to chose a new crop of leaders for Nigeria. They cannot create new ones, but they can charge the ones that will emerge and where such leaders fail to perform, there will be consequences and they will never have a second chance.
“Noting that it was inappropriate for Christians not to bring their first eleven in moral quotient to governance, Martins said that a campaign for religious leaders to sound out their congregations on the suitability of the candidates presented by political parties will help to redirect the governance of the country.
“Let the first eleven from the religious leaders take over the government so that our country can move forward. Let the Christian and Muslim leaders sit together formulate a template for solution and play the power game together, interrogate the candidates and when you have found them worthy you preach about them from the pulpit and from the mosques.”
Also speaking, a patron of the group and former National Chairman of National Democratic Party (NDP), Prince Chukwuani, said: “There is a common thread tying Christian and Muslim leaders in the country and that is good governance. We are about to go on the second lap of the meeting of all Christian leaders in Lagos, meeting of all Muslim leaders in Kano/Kaduna and this will be followed by a convergence of the two for peace.
“We have to set a different narrative to save Nigeria. We do not want to introduce perpetual conflict in Nigeria. They are going to pick their candidates but all we are saying is that let the PVCs count for once.”

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