A cleric, Lawrence Agbata of the Grace Network Evangelical Outreach, has called on Nigerians to look beyond politicians’ campaign rhetorics in their choice of leaders to pilot the affairs of the country.
The cleric who stated this during Sunday’s church service exhortation, said Nigerians must reject vote buying to avoid being enslaved for the next four years.
He said that the 2023 general elections presented Nigerians a golden opportunity to redirect the affairs of the country and that it was left for the people to utilise the chance presented to them.
According to him, “Do not be deceived by adverts and sweet talks by politicians and don’t accept money from anyone of them to vote.
“Nigeria is at crossroad as we speak and we need to think carefully about who we vote for.
“We must all vote our conscience, we need to pray and think critical for God to direct us on who to vote for. Vote by your conviction. It is important that you don’t vote based on bribe, don’t take bribe to vote.
“When they give you bribe to vote, you have sold your birth right to the buyer and you have no moral standing to ask God for any form of change in that administration.
“Every favour that is supposed to come to you goes to the man who paid you during elections. Don’t collect money to vote.
“It’s better not to vote than to collect money and vote. As you are collecting the money, you are making a covenant with them.
“We must know that whatever decision we take will determine Nigeria’s fate for more than 50 years or more.
“I’m not particularly in support of any party, but let God direct you on who to vote for,” he stated.
The cleric, however, appealed to Nigerians to ensure they come out enmasse to cast their votes for their preferred candidates.
NAN reports that the general electionsis are scheduled to hold on February 25 and March 11. (NAN)