EXERCISE YOUR FRANCHISE WISELY ANAMBRA GOVERNMENT URGES
By Regina Igwebuike
Umunze (Orumba South LGA), Feb. 12, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Government has urged the electorate to exercise their franchise wisely in the upcoming General Elections, so as ensure emergence of credible candidates.
``It is these elected officials that will pilot the affairs of the nation over the next four years,’’ Gov. Willie Obiano gave the advice during the 2019 Laity Week Flagged–off at Umunze, Orumba South Local Government (LGA).
The Governor was represented at the event by the Head of Service (HOS), Barr Harry Udu.
Gov. Obiano enjoined the electorate to do the needful by voting quality candidates for effective representation and service to humanity.
In a homily, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye noted that evil thrive because good people fail to speak.
The prelate urged all to vote en-masse for people with human hearts and safe guard their votes, believing that with prayers and hard work; God would make way where there is none.
``As Christians, you are assigned responsibilities but one needs to sit down and articulate what he/she is called to do.
``Nigeria is endowed with good things but our leaders are frustrating it because of a lack of love.’’
Okoye emphasised: ``the laity is the hope of the church,” urging the people to go and change the nation positively by voting candidates that have value for life’’.
Rev. Fr. Anthony Ezeoke delivering a lecture on Democracy and Good Governance said: `` Igbos has values but money disintegrates them to the extent that they lack speaking in one voice’’.
He enjoined the electorate not to surrender their Voter’s Cards to other people who would take decisions on who to vote.
Ezeoke noted that Igbo race was the vehicle for Christianity in Nigeria and any attempt to harm Igbo people would harm Christianity.
Rev. Fr. Peter Uzoezie urged Ndi Igbo to be careful as the saying; `Igbo enwe eze’ – `Igbos do not follow leadership’, had harmful implications for the Igbo race.
He called on those vying for political positions to ensure quality and effective representation of the Igbo race.
Chairman of the occasion, Dr Fidelis Aghamelu enjoined the electorate to wake up from slumber and do the needful.
Aghamelu enjoined members of MASSOB/IPOB to refrain from any acts capable of jeopardising peaceful elections in the country.
He emphasised, ``unless we locate beatific vision, our faith will not be strong’’.
Earlier, the Laity Diocesan President, Mr Joseph Igwebuike commended Bishop Okoye for honouring the invitation in spite of his busy schedule.
Igwebuike solicited financial support to enable them to erect a secretariat for grassroots evangelisation.
He urged the laity members to vote in people
with the fear of God to add value to the nation. (MOI)