Rev. Chris Okotie, the presiding Pastor of the Household of God Church, has said Nigerians should be given free hands to decide who they want in the 2023 general election notwithstanding of it a Muslim-Muslim ticket or Muslim-Christian so long the process is democratic instead of causing unnecessary tension in the country.
The pastor is speaking to the press in the wake of widespread grievances by some section of Nigerians that the All Progressive Congress presidential flagbearer, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a Muslim intends to pick another Muslim from the North to be his running mate in the 2023 presidential election.
He said, “so long the political process is democratic and if it is so, the people will decide, except it is not (democratic). So, whatever any political party is projecting in terms of its candidates, the people would have to decide if that is acceptable to them or not. That is what democracy is all about. You won’t compel them to vote for a person they don’t want to. I don’t think it’s an issue. Let the people decide what they want. That is what the democratic process is all about.
Okotie also used Biblical inference to encourage Christians to show more interest in politics and governance stressing that it is ordained from the Bible that Christians must be interested in how they are governed.
He said, “All I can tell you is that Christians should be more committed to our nation than they are today, because the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. He gave the earth to Adam, His only son. If we say we care about people and we want to preach salvation to them, then we must care about how they are governed and I think that is our reasonable service.” He added.