Danjuma, Lekwot, others endorse Peter Obi
The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) has thrown its weight behind Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate for the February 25 presidential poll.
NCEF comprises eminent Nigerians, including former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma, Gen. Zamani Lekwot (retd), Dr. Ayo Abifarin, His Royal Majesty Oba Dokun Thompson, Solomon Asemota (SAN), Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Dame Priscilla Kuye.
The endorsement by the group is contained in a statement titled “Resolutions towards 2023 elections: Think new,” and was signed by the Forum’s Chairman, Dr. Samuel Gani and the Secretary, Pastor Bosun Emmanuel.
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The NCEF, in the statement, which urged security agencies not to take reports that some regions were preparing to unleash violence lightly, called on Nigerians to vote candidates based on capacity, ability, integrity, and good health, noting that “a sick country requires healthy leaders.”
They stressed the need to eradicate the culture of corruption, incompetency, lawlessness, and impunity that have been the order of the day in the past 24 years as well as the need to ensure that democracy survives and thrives in the country.
Acknowledging that the federal government’s currency change policy brought some inconveniences upon the people, the Elders noted that citizens would in the long run appreciate the benefits of the exercise.
The eminent personalities commended the government for taking steps to curb the monsters of vote-buying and corruption of the electoral process and pointed out that Nigeria requires new leaders, new methods, new policies and new parties at the helm of its affairs.
Some other members of the group are Hon. Justice James Ogebe (retd), Elder Moses Ihonde, Dr. Saleh Hussaini, Vice Chairman (North), Elder Shyngle Wigwe, Vice Chairman (South), Prof. Deborah Ajakaiye, Dr. Taiwo Idemudia, Hon. Justice Kalajine Anigbogu (retd.), Elder Nat Okoro, Elder Matthew Owojaiye and DIG P. L. Dabup.