- Young Nigerians aspiring to political leadership in 2019 will have the support of Methodist Church of Nigeria
- The prelate of the church, Samuel Uche, made this assurance on Monday, August 13
- He says upright and young aspiring candidates will be mobilised by the church
The prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, Samuel Uche, has said that the church will mobilise support for young Nigerians aspiring to political leadership in 2019.
NAN reports that Uche made the disclosure on Monday, August 13 at a news briefing to mark the end of the church’s 46th Conference and 11th Biennial Conference at Wesley Cathedral Methodist Church, Aba, Abia.
NAIJ.com gathers that he said the church would only mobilise for good, upright and young aspiring candidates to make Nigeria better.
According to Uche, the church has a political evolution monitoring group to support the progressive political developments in Nigeria.
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Meanwhile, in a communique signed by Uche and the conference secretary, Reverend Michael Akinwade, the church announced its support for young in politics.
The church commended the federal government for signing into law the “Not too Young to Run Bill” to enable young people be involved in leadership.
It called for an enabling environment to make the law effective. The church said financial autonomy for local governments would enhance grassroots development.
The church said: “We therefore appeal to those at the local governments not to divert funds accruing to them to white elephant projects.
"On maintaining a vibrant polity, Methodist Church Nigeria urges every citizen above 18 years old to process permanent voter’s card which is the main tool for determining who governs us.
“We equally urge citizens to come out and vote, not sell their votes but vote according to their conscience. Stakeholders in the electoral process should ensure that rigging elections is resisted."
It said that no political party would be allowed to misbehave in 2019 and that anyone which misbehaved would face the consequences.
The church said that politics with bitterness which had become rampant in Nigeria was overheating the polity and urged politicians to play by the rules.
It urged governments to pay sustainable wages to workers, pointing out that owing them had often led to the untimely death of many.
The church called on the government to handle the welfare of workers with care to discourage financial corruption in private and public sectors of national life.
It further called on the government to do everything possible to ensure the release of Miss Leah Sharibu who was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in February.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES) Project Initiative, a civil society organisation, on Sunday, August 12, said it would set up a support fund for political aspirants among youths ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The executive director of the group, Precious Oche, made this known at a news conference in Abuja to commemorate the International Youth Day, with “Safe Spaces for Youth’’ as theme.
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