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2023: Nigeria needs a Christian as President to succeed democratically – Archbishop Ibezim

2023: Nigeria needs a Christian as President to succeed democratically – Archbishop Ibezim

The Arch Bishop of Awka Anglican Province of the Niger and Arch Bishop of Awka Diocese, Rt Rev. Dr. Chibuzo Alexander Ibezim has warned Nigerian politicians not to play with christians ahead of the 2023 general elections in the country.

He said the country, as it stands needed a committed, God-fearing Christian as President from the Southern part of Nigeria to succeed democratically.

He noted that only a Christian President would drastically address the insecurity, political and other socio-economic challenges currently befalling the country.

Ibezim further warned that the concept of Muslim/Muslim presidential candidate and running mate would spell doom for the country, insisting that Nigeria needs christians to succeed.

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According to Archbishop Ibezim who briefed journalists on Monday at Emmaus House Awka, on the activities to celebrate his 60th birthday slated for Friday, August 5th 2022, said “Let me tell you, if Nigerians are going to succeed, the country should not play with christians and whether you like it or not christianity has suffered  persecution right from the days of Christ up till now.

“But as for what is going on the church will always succeed and so it is in the interest of the church to succeed.

“Because anywhere the church doesn’t succeed that place will go back to darkness and for the Muslim-Muslim candidates or Christian-Christian candidates, it is important that christians should have a say in government.

“We are not second class citizens and by the time you find christians as second class citizens you are finished yourself.

“I am looking at Christian-Muslim ticket with christian up there and Muslim under him and that is my position and for Nigeria to survive we must recognize the church and nobody fights the people of God and succeed.”

Reacting to the report about clerics that attended the All Progressives Congress (APC) unveiling of Ahmed Tinubu running mate, Senator Shetima, Ibezim, said, “I don’t blame them because when proliferation entered into the church many people call themselves Bishops and that is the effect of proliferation.

“If you come to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) many people come and claim to be Bishops and if you claim to be Bishop let it be that God has said but if it is not, the wrath of God will visit you.
What they are doing is not of God and it is very satanic”, he added.

He used the medium to appreciate former Anglican Primate, Pa Joseph Abiodun Adetiloye, for making him who he is today.

He said that the former primate played a very critical roles to his becoming an Archbishop and he will ever remain grateful to him.

According to him, God favoured him  through Joseph Abiodun Adetiloye who took him as a son and made him  whatever he is today.

“He sent me to serve at Marina, Lagos and I stayed there for years. He took care of me, protected me. He played a very vital role in my  life, if there is any person who played an important role in my life, the person was Joseph Abiodun Adetiloye.

“I never speak Yoruba, I don’t know him  and yet he took me and made me what I am today”, he said.

According to him, Joseph Abiodun Adetiloye nominated him for studies in America, where he obtained his  Masters and PhD in Divinity.

He said that before he left America for studies, the primate prayed and blessed  him.

He said that Adetiloye told him that he would be a church leader and today he is a church leader.

Ibezim noted that he was made a Venerable by Adetiloye while in America, when passing through challenges to establish church of Nigeria in United States of America.

“I want to advise any person that if God wants to  help you he does not create barrier. God  used Joseph Abiodun Adetiloye to lift me into prominence”, he said.

He urged everybody to be patient and work according to the will of God for success.

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