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Atiku vs Buhari: Archbishop Onaiyekan states position

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Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has said Nigerians are in a situation of difficult choice between the two leading presidential candidates, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and incumbent Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

He stated this at the weekend while speaking on the topic: “The Church in Politics: Towards the election year 2019” at an event organized by Catholic Action – Nigeria in Abuja.

According to him, there was no reason to expect either of both candidates to perform wonders if elected having seen them in the past operate below par at the highest levels of government.

He lamented that whereas there are over 90 political parties in the country, there seemed to be no viable alternative to the two mega parties.

He said: “Dear brethren, our dear country is deeply in a great dilemma as we move towards the 2019 election. It would appear that we are faced with the horrible tragedy of a choice between two well-known undesirable candidates.

“This is not only because both of them are Muslims but because we have seen both and we have no reason to be enthusiastic that they will do wonders.

“Where is the alternative? It is a pity that they cannot come together to form a viable alternative. In my opinion, this is mainly because of selfishness.

“Everybody wants to be President and wield power. No one wants to step down and join hands with others of like minds. We need to pray that there will be a way forward. We have to seriously tackle the evil of selfishness,” he said.

The Archbishop however maintained that the seeming absence of a viable alternative should not be an excuse for Nigerians to lose interest in the coming elections.

“If we do lose interest, others are busy working. All that it takes for evil to thrive is for the righteous people to keep quiet and do what they call ‘minding their own business’ which means doing nothing! The business of politics in the months ahead is the business of each and every one of us,” he noted.

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