Samuel Uche, the Prelate, Methodist Church of Nigeria, has cautioned religious leaders in the country against collecting money from political parties and aspirants.
Prelate Uche alleged that some clerics have been receiving money from People’s Democratic Party, All Progressives Congress and the All Progressives Grand Alliance to endorse their candidates in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
The cleric, who spoke at the Interfaith Initiative For Peace conference organised by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar and the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan, in Abuja on Friday, maintained that a religious leader should be able to manage poverty or affluence.
He said, “I learnt that some religious leaders collected money from APGA, PDP, APC. Life doesn’t depend on the amount of money you have. A religious leader should be able to manage poverty or affluence. Religious leaders should stop being lovers of money.”
Commenting on religion and the forthcoming elections, Uche noted that religion would not play a role in the choice of presidential candidates in 2019.
The Methodist Prelate noted that while the APC presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari and the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar were both Muslims, it would be of no consequence to Christians and other Nigerians.
His words: “Nigerians would vote for the candidates of the two big parties and they are both Muslims; we don’t care about their religion, we only want someone that can lead the nation well.
“We will educate our members to vote according to their conscience, the person that we want is the one that can deliver. We must grow above religious bigotry.
“I go to Dubai on holidays and you don’t hear about religion there. Those harping on religion are suffering from what I called ‘compound stupendous ignoramus.’”