CAN’s CRITERIA FOR PRESIDENT IN THE 2023 ELECTION
By Akin Ojumu
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has released their election guide for the 2023 general elections to all Nigerians. Presented by Sarah Omakwu, Pastor of the Family Worship Center, Abuja, the 4-point bulletin is a list of the key attributes and characteristics that must be demonstrated by the presidential aspirant Nigerians should vote for in next year’s presidential election.
These include the following:
It is important that Nigerians elect a president whose character reflects the following qualities:
- Fear of God
- Honesty and truthfulness
- Respect for the rule of law
- Justice and fairness for all
- Respect for religious and ethnic diversity
- Compassion and discipline
- Clean and credible lifestyle
- Not a member of cults,
- Not involved in drugs and witchcraft
- Not given to fanaticism or have relationship with Boko Haram or other violent religious groups
Nigeria has been bedeviled with chronic incompetence in leadership positions for far too long, enough is enough. This time around, Nigeria must elect a president who has demonstrated:
- Quality performance in previous positions
- Good education sufficient to manage a complex society
- Effective management of human and natural resources
The character or the competence of a president is of no value if that person lacks the capacity and capability to actually do the job. It is therefore imperative that the next president demonstrates:
- Ability to envision transformation
- Ability to communicate the vision to diverse peoples
- Ability to effectively execute the vision of transformation
- Good health, sound mind and physical fitness for the job
The ideal president is one that has articulated, and has shown verifiable willingness to implement, policies that will address the following critical areas of the Nigerian state:
- Proper policing of Nigeria
- Religious neutrality of the Nigerian state
- Enforcement of fundamental human rights of all Nigerians
- Restructuring to decentralized governance
- Equitable and enforceable sharing of executive offices
- Equal ethnic and religious representation in the military and security agencies
- Self-determination for all Nigerians
- No to RUGA, yes to ranching
- Education and free healthcare to all Nigerians (including Almajiris)
- No open grazing (rather modernization of animal husbandry)
- Local control of local economy including waters, rivers, and forests
Without so much as coming straight out and suggesting a name of who to vote for, the Christian Association of Nigeria has pretty much told Nigerians the candidate of their choice in the 2023 presidential election. Going by the attributes, characteristics, and competencies enumerated above, two of the leading candidates – who also happen to be the oldest of the candidates in the race – are automatically knocked out of contention because they do not meet most or any of CAN’s criteria.
If you are a presidential candidate with a documented history of turning an entire state into your family piggybank and you’ve had to enter a plea bargain in the US District Court of Northern Illinois for being the money bag of a Chicago drug cartel and you had to forfeit half million dollars to the US government, you are not fit to be President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
You certainly don’t meet the criteria set by CAN to become the next president of Nigeria if your history of criminal and corrupt practices was one of the four cases included in the US Senate report titled “Keeping Foreign Corruption Out Of The United States: Four Case Histories” which documented the findings of the investigations by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the US Senate initiated to examine how politically powerful foreign officials, their relatives, and close associates – referred to in international agreements as Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) – have used the services of US professionals and financial institutions to bring large amounts of suspect funds into the United States to advance their interests.
Of the 3 leading candidates running to become president of Nigeria, only one meets all of CAN’s criteria. Nigerians will be wise to be Obi-dient to CAN.