by Dare Lawal
Following the stampede which took place at the Uke Adoration ground in Anambra state in which over 28 people lost their lives and several others got injured, the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in South-east and the Bishop of Enugu Anglican Diocese, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, has said that politicians should not turn churchesinto campaign grounds.
Chukwuma, who spoke to journalists in Enugu, said campaigning in churches would no longer be condoned.
“It is my own duty as CAN chairman South-east to ban all politicians from attending our churches with their political teams for campaigns. The church should also steer clear of partisan politics because there are different kinds of people in the church that belong to different political parties.
“So it’s wrong to come into the church and begin to talk about manifestos and begin to campaign. It is not going to be acceptable any more because it causes commotion and disrespect to one another.
“We appeal to priests, pastors, bishops, clergymen to please avoid politicians coming to use churches as campaign arena. This does not augur well for our spiritual growth.
“They should be very clear on who they want to rule the state and the wish of God should be upheld. So we hereby appeal to politicians to stay clear of our churches so that peace can reign and the people given allowance to vote candidates of their choice.”