2023 Polls will Determine our Fate – Bishop Ezeokafor

… As Awka Diocesan Laity Council Educates Members at 2022 Seminar

By Chioma Ndife

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has said that the 2023 general elections will determine the fate of Nigeria and the wellbeing of her citizens.

Bishop Ezeokafor made the statement at the 2022 Seminar of the Awka Diocesan Laity Council held at the Knights of St. Mulumba Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, Anambra State, Friday 30th September.

Addressing members of the Diocesan Laity Council, the diocesan bishop beckoned on the faithful to desist from vote selling and buying and described it as the major reason behind the dwindling economy which the country had been battling with over the years.

He urged them to come out en-mass and vote credible candidates, noting that when good people were on the throne, the people would rejoice as they would formulate principles and policies to better the living conditions of the populace.

The Catholic prelate emphasized the importance of voting wisely in the upcoming general elections and tasked them not to mortgage their conscience.

In his words, ‘Any voter whose choice of candidates in the election is influenced by money will eventually vote mediocre people into political offices and has ultimately sold his/her future and that of his children.’

‘Platform and candidate are very important while voting for any elective position. Look out for good people while voting because they are the people that will turn around the recurrent hard economic situation in the country.

‘The laity is an arm that is important in the Church because of its enormous contributions and we value such contributions,’ he noted.

Speaking to Fides, the Awka Diocesan Laity Council president, Hon. Joseph Igwebuike, said the seminar was organized in order to educate the lay faithful on the matters relating to the Church and their health to ensure longevity.

He described 2023 as a critical year and said the laity needed to be exposed to the various political candidates in order to guide their decisions and ensure that the right people were voted into power.

Presenting her paper on ”Sustaining our Catholic Faith in a Dynamic Society”, the chairman of the 2022 Awka Diocesan Laity Seminar, Mrs. Esther Obiorah, charged the members to look back on how they started when they were still young in the block rosary and established that there was need for the fire of the faithful to be re-ignited.

For her part, Pharm. Chinyere Mary-Jane Elendu, while presenting her paper on ”Rhesus incompatibility as a leading cause of miscarriage”; said there was need for massive awareness for people to have adequate understanding of what Rhesus Factor entailed in order to ensure effective management.