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Onaiyekan to politicians: Bad elections can’t lead to good governance

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 12, 2019, 07:55:58 AM
ABUJA — Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has lamented attempts made by desperate politicians to militarise and rig the just concluded governorship and state Assembly polls, saying bad elections cannot lead to good governance.

Onaiyekan spoke,  yesterday, at the opening of 2019 first plenary of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, in Abuja.

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Cardinal-Onaiyekan

He said the clamour for the revision or outright rewrite of the electoral laws was not misplaced, if the nation must make any progress.

According to him, the voter apathy that dogged Saturday’s elections in some parts of the country is a form of citizens’ protest and vote of no confidence in Nigeria’s electoral process.

Against this backdrop, Onaiyekan urged President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the sound of murmurs and protest in the winds, and take proactive steps to pull the nation together.

He said: “Those who claim that these elections were wonderful because it worked in their favour should be reminded that bad elections cannot lead to good governance.

“Elections are supposed to be an opportunity for us to choose those who will serve us. In many cases, it has been turned into battlefield for warriors to capture power and conquer territory and people.

“No wonder it has become such a do-or-die affair and winner takes all. No wonder the process has become militarised, with armed thugs engaging security forces, who in turn are rarely able to be as fair and professional as they claim to be.

“No wonder votes often no longer count. When this happens, it is not only the losing contestant who alleges fraud. More significantly, it is the people, the voter, who is denied the opportunity to chose who will serve us as political leaders.”

 

“If the name of the political game does not change from domination to service, elections will continue to be problematic and the nation will continue to stagnate.”

To the extent that the irregularities that marred the general election were deliberate manipulations by politicians, Onaiyekan called them to repentance and restitution for the sake of the survival of the nation.

“Whatever the outcome of our elections, fair or foul, whoever holds power at the end of the day, even with the fairest of election victory, must remember that power belongs to God alone. He will demand strict accountability on how anyone uses power,” he added.

The marathon plenary of the Bishops is expected to end on Friday this week with a communiqué released on the state of the nation.

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Re: Onaiyekan to politicians: Bad elections can’t lead to good governance

By: dayan (M) |Time : March 12, 2019, 07:58:08 AM
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“Elections are supposed to be an opportunity for us to choose those who will serve us. In many cases, it has been turned into battlefield for warriors to capture power and conquer territory and people.

“No wonder it has become such a do-or-die affair and winner takes all. No wonder the process has become militarised, with armed thugs engaging security forces, who in turn are rarely able to be as fair and professional as they claim to be.

“No wonder votes often no longer count. When this happens, it is not only the losing contestant who alleges fraud. More significantly, it is the people, the voter, who is denied the opportunity to chose who will serve us as political leaders.”


When people are denied the right to choose their own leaders, it is no longer democracy. QED.

Re: Onaiyekan to politicians: Bad elections can’t lead to good governance

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : March 12, 2019, 08:24:07 AM
Democracy is so funny, when majority of the citizens are corrupt, corrupt leader are elected. That's why Nigeria remained dwarfed in all aspects.

Re: Onaiyekan to politicians: Bad elections can’t lead to good governance

By: Ramjoe (M) |Time : March 12, 2019, 06:40:42 PM
This is one of the reasons I think it's just crazy to think of someone who blatantly won a seat through crime, corruption as well as oppression as a saint/messiah...

If you want to wash others... You gotta be clean yourself. Just like the title of this article and one Yoruba adage - Eni ti yoo daso funni, torun re la koko maa n wo which means that if a man promises you a change of clothes, you do well to check him out first if he's changing clothes himself.

Puny politics  :P

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