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Stop political predictions, Keyamo tells pastors


Ahead of the 2023 general election, Minister of State for Labor and Employment and spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress presidential campaign organization Festus Keyamo (SAN) advised pastors and other clerics to draw lessons from 2015 and avoid throwing their weight behind certain candidates.

Keyamo, who spoke in an exclusive interview with our correspondents in Abuja, also advised clerics to “face up to their fundamental mandates”.

He said, “Having pastors leaning towards a particular candidate is a good thing for the country, but after their failure, they will now return to their primary mandate. It is a mistake they are making and it is important that they do so. I thought they would have learned their lessons to separate church from politics in 2015; they do not have.

“Only God alone can give and dictate to whom he gives power. God did not give them the mandate to choose who should rule over a nation. However, when you try to make this mistake, God will take over their mandate which is to win souls.

“They made a mistake, threw their number in the ring in 2015 and backed a contestant they lost, same in 2019, and now they do. I’m a Christian, I grew up preaching house to house and we were told they don’t get involved in politics. Their duty is to lead people into the kingdom of God and not into the (presidential) villa. Villa is not paradise. God allows this to happen now because after 2023 they would realize the mistakes they made and they took the church where they shouldn’t have.

When asked about his party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket and allegations of persecution of Christians in Nigeria, the lead attorney said, “There is no ongoing persecution. If they seek to protect their interests, the position of the vice-presidential candidate cannot protect their interests. The Vice President is fully subordinate to the President. If so, why are they mourning (over) the prosecutions under Buhari? Government is run on a tripod; we have the executive, the legislative and the judiciary.

“The only person who can verify and launch an impeachment action against the president is the president of the Senate. The VP cannot do this. If they think that we want to Islamize the country, a statement that is not true, they should go and find someone who will become the president of the Senate and do everything to get him out.

“They don’t make that calculation now. The best calculation is to support the APC. We are likely to produce the majority in the Senate and negotiate how someone who will protect their interests will become the President of the Senate. This is what they should be doing, not the path they are going down.

It is virtually impossible to turn Nigeria into an Islamic country. constitution They have nothing to fear. My candidate’s wife is a pastor, the chapel church will be functional,” he added.