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Christian Leaders Snub Buhari And Atiku



A coalition of Christians under the aegis of the National Christian Elders Forum has excluded President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar from its consultation meeting with the presidential candidates. The meeting is for the 2019 general elections scheduled for  Lagos on Friday.

The prominent members of the NCEF  are  Solomon Asemota  (Chairman); former Minister of Defence Lt Gen Theophilus Danjuma, Prof. Joseph Otubu, Joshua Dogonyaro, Archbishop Magnus Atilade, Dr Kate Okpareke, Dr Ayo Abifarin, Major  Gen Zamani Lekwot,  Moses Ihonde,  Nat Okoro and  Matthew Owojaiye.

Others  are Justice Kalajine Anigbogu (retd.), Shyngle Wigwe, P. L. Dabup, John Bagu, Dr Saleh Hussaini,  Mike Orobator, Justice James Ogebe (retd.), Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Chief Debo Omotosho, Priscilla Kuye,  S. D. Gani, Mrs Osaretin Demuren, Prof Yussuf Turaki and Bosun Emmanuel (Secretary).

The group said the  Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate Atiku and his All Progressives Congress rival Buhari would not take part in the meeting because their parties  “turned the country into the poverty capital of the world”.

When  our correspondent  asked the secretary of the group Emmanuel to explain who the  presidential candidates for the meeting were, he said,  “They are candidates who have not been running for the office before as well as those not on the platform of  the PDP and the APC.”

In a  statement, the NCEF  said the meeting was organised by them to promote new presidential candidates, advising Nigerians to support new presidential candidates as viable righteous options for the next election.

The statement read in part, “This meeting is as a result of the calls from concerned Nigerians that the  NCEF should engage the new presidential candidates. By this notice, the NCEF is inviting new presidential candidates to a consultation meeting.

“By new presidential candidates, the NCEF refers to candidates who have not been running for the office before as well as those not on the platform of the  PDP and the  APC. The concern of the  NCEF is that both parties mismanaged the economy and the society in the past 20 years.

“Jointly, they devalued the Naira by over 1,600 per cent, while increasing the cost of fuel by 625 per cent. They permitted insecurity in the country and escalated religious and ethnic tensions all over the nation. The two parties looted the treasury empty and impoverished Nigerians.”