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    *As CAN holds prayer session for YPP guber candidate

    By Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

    Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Kwara state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reiterated the need for inclusive governance along all the ethno-religious groups in the state.

    CAN made this known on Wednesday at a stakeholders’ dialogue with the Kwara state governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Alhaji Yakubu Gobir, at CAN headquarters in Ilorin, the state capital.

    Speaking at the forum, the Chairman, Kwara State CAN, Rt. Rev. Sunday Timothy Adewole, said: “Current and past administrations in Kwara state have been insincere in fulfilment of promises made to the Christian folk, and they become inaccessible after getting into office. We are mostly disregarded as a minority. For instance, Gobir and the YPP are the only political players that consult with us ahead the 2023 elections.”

    He added that the Christian group is Keenly watching the political atmosphere of all political parties, saying only party that has the interest of Christians at heart would be supported by the Christian body.

    He also advised all political parties to ensure issue-based campaigns and desist from campaigns of calumny and character assassination.

    In his response, the gubernatorial candidate of Young Progressive Party (YPP), Alhaji Yakub Gobir, congratulated the Christian body on the inauguration of its new Executive Council, while reiterating his commitment towards a Kwara that prioritises inclusiveness.

    He said: “Before we are male, female, Christians, Muslims, Yoruba or Fulani, we are first human. We are diverse in our beliefs, methodologies and backgrounds; but ultimately committed in soul and spirit towards the advancement of a Kwara State that serves us all.

    “It is sad that Kwara State has been embroiled in religious tension in recent times, particularly for the Christian folk.”

    It would be recalled that the Christian body in the state has been crying about the inadequate representation of Christians in public office as well as their marginalisation; and clashes among Muslims and Christians on the use of hijab in mission schools resulting in one death and several injuries during protests staged earlier this year.

    Gobir further stated that his administration would be reflective of the religious diversity in the state, which is currently evident in the YPP structure, adding that CAN is an organisation that any government wanting to succeed must constantly consult and partner with.

    He said: “Religion is not a tool of political manipulation and the place of meritocracy cannot be disregarded. We will find Christians who can deliver the job and ensure they are part of our new government.”

    The meeting which ended with a prayer session for the success of the YPP candidate, was led by Rev. S.T. Adewole and representatives of the CAN Executive Council.

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