The religious Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr. Uche has warned religious leaders to desist from collecting money from politicians who are aspiring for government offices.
He said some clergymen are collecting money from political parties so that they could endorse their candidates ahead of the 2019 elections.
Dr. Uche while speaking at the Interfaith Initiative For Peace conference hosted by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar and the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan, in Abuja on Friday, who was a member of the panel conference, said a religious leader should be able to manage in riches and in poverty.
He said, “I learnt that some religious leaders collected money from APGA, PDP, APC. Life doesn’t depend on the amount of money you have. A religious leader should be able to manage poverty or affluence. Religious leaders should stop being lovers of money.”
Speaking on religion and the forthcoming elections, Dr. Uche said that religion would not play a role in the choice of presidential candidates in 2019.
He said that though the APC presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari and the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar were both muslims, it would be of no consequence to Christians and other Nigerians.
The Prelate said, “Nigerians would vote for the candidates of the two big parties and they are both Muslims; we don’t care about their religion, we only want someone that can lead the nation well.
“We will educate our members to vote according to their conscience, the person that we want is the one that can deliver. We must grow above religious bigotry.
“I go to Dubai on holidays and you don’t hear about religion there. Those harping on religion are suffering from what I called ‘compound stupendous ignoramus.’”