forward of the 2023 general election, the Secretary of State for Labor and Employment and spokesman for the All Progressives Congress presidential campaign organization, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has advised pastors and other clerics to learn lessons from 2015 and avoid being behind some candidates .

Speaking to our correspondents in Abuja in an exclusive interview, Keyamo also advised the clerics to “face their core duties”.

He said: “It is a good thing for the country that pastors tend to lean towards a particular candidate, but if they fail, they now go back to their core mandate. It’s a mistake they make and it’s important that they make it. I thought by 2015 they would have learned their lessons of separating the church from politics; They have not.

“Only God alone can give and dictate to whom he gives power. God has not given them that mandate to choose who should rule over a nation. However, when you try to make that mistake, God will take back their mandate, which is soul winning.

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“They made a mistake, threw their act in the ring in 2015 and supported a candidate they lost, same thing in 2019, and now they do. I am a Christian, I grew up preaching from house to house and we were told they don’t get involved in politics. It is their duty to lead people into the kingdom of God and not to (the presidential) villa. Villa is not heaven. God is allowing this to happen now, because after 2023 they would realize the mistakes they have made and that they have thrown the church into a place where they should not have been.”

When asked to speak about his party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket and allegations of the persecution of Christians in Nigeria, the senior lawyer said: “There is no persecution underway. If they want to protect their interests, the vice presidential candidate position cannot protect their interests. The VP is completely subordinate to the President. If so, why are they crying about persecution under Buhari? Government is led on a tripod; we have the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary.”

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“The only person who can monitor and initiate impeachment proceedings against the President is the Senate President. The VP cannot. If they think we want to Islamize the country, a claim that is not true, they should look for someone to become the Senate president and do everything they can to make sure he comes out.

“They don’t make that calculation now. The best calculation is to support the APC. We will probably win the Senate majority and negotiate how someone who will protect their interests will become Senate President. That’s what they should be doing and not the route they take.

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

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