Lagos - The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos,
Most Rev. Adewale Martins, on Friday asked Nigerians to seek the face of God in
choosing their leaders in the forthcoming general elections.
Martins in a statement made available to the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos said Nigerians must be ready to challenge the status of
people coming into leadership positions with the principle of equity, peace and
"As a nation, we enter into a very significant year, when
once more we shall have an opportunity to choose our leaders.
"Let us choose only those who will cooperate with God in
navigating the ship of our country out of the murky waters so that terrorism,
corruption and poverty will be history.
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"We must vote according to the very best of our
consciences, let us pray for peaceful, free and fair elections and commend our
nation to the safe hands of the Almighty,’’ the statement said.
The cleric urged the leaders and the led to make it their
priority to respect one another and enhance the dignity of one another.
"If we enter the New Year with the same old attitudes and
mentality, needless to say, it’s just going to be business-as-usual. All the
expected break-through will be a mirage.’’
The statement urged Nigerians to shift their emphasis from
expectations that are based on mere sentiments and focus on the all-important
need to cultivate a new mindset and attitude.