By Ikeugonna Eleke
A Catholic priest and the Spiritual Director, Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke, Anambra State, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obimma, who is popularly known as Ebubemuonso, has condemned the killing of 35 persons during the last presidential election and called for sanity among youths and politicians in the forthcoming election in order to eliminate any death.
Obimma who spoke during a Sunday Mass at Blessed Iwene Tansi Catholic Church, Umudioka, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, said the recent report by the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) that 35 persons died during the last Presidential election across the federation was unacceptable.
He said: ‘The 2019 general elections, particularly the governorship and house of assembly elections, must be seen as a brotherly contest and not a war. We should use our votes and not guns because this isn’t war. Don’t be an object of violence but embrace orderliness and peace.’
He pleaded with the Anambra State electorate to turn up on time to exercise their franchise, even as he condemned the killings in Kaduna and urged Government to intervene and stop what he called the careless waste of human lives across Nigeria.
‘The news of the killing of 35 people in Nigeria during the 2019 presidential election is very highly condemned. The same must not happen in this Saturday’s election. That is why we are calling on the people to desist from any action that could lead to violence in the coming election,’ Obimma said.