Enugu CAN chair cautions politicians against violence
The Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, Enugu State, Rev Amb Emmanuel Ositadinma Edeh, has commended the Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his tremendous contribution to the growth of Christian community, urging politicians to desist from hate speech that is capable of undermining the enduring peace in the state.
He also cautioned against campaign of calumny, character assassination and all acts of violence ahead of the March 11 Governorship and State Assembly elections.
In a statement, Edeh expressed worries over the rate at which some politicians and their agents are inciting the polity, belittled their opponents, including church leaders which he described as desperate attempt to achieve cheap political goals.
While condemning the negative attitude of some politicians towards the governor, the State CAN Chairman described it “as strange and inimical to the enduring and cherished peace and good governance initiatives of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration since its inception in 2015”
On Governor Ugwuanyi, the cleric described him as “a peacemaker and wonderful being whom God has used in uniting and promoting peace in Enugu State, and in advancing good governance in the state especially in the rural areas in the overall interest of the long-neglected rural dwellers for them to feel the direct impact of democracy dividends.”
He also criticized politicians who are too desperate for power and doing everything to undermining the governor’s good legacy at all costs.
Edeh also said Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi “is a bulwark, strong pillar of faith and highly cherished partner of the Christian community, who will be greatly remembered for his peaceful disposition, rural development initiative, inclusive governance, humility, compassion for the downtrodden, deep commitment to God, great respect for the leaders of religious institutions and his invaluable support to the Christian community in the state”
Lamenting the recent political killings in the state, he prayed for the repose of the faithful departed.
He then urged the politicians to shun acts of violence and embrace peace in the state ahead of the governorship and state House of Assembly elections on March 11.
The cleric called on all politicians in Enugu State to see politics as a game and not a battle field which must be approached as a do-or-die affair.
“My appreciation to our God-fearing, peace-loving and indefatigable Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Rt Hon Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi CON, a man with a heart of gold, a listening and action Governor whom God is using mightily to maintain unparalleled peace and security in our dear Enugu State,” he said.
The Enugu CAN boss stressed that “all Christians in our dear Enugu State and beyond to harken unto the admonitions of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to Watch and Pray that the Will of God be done in Enugu State, so that we can sustain peace and good governance in our state.”