The National President of Evangelical Church
Winning All (ECWA), a prominent Christian
denomination in Nigeria, Rev Jeremiah Gado, is
calling on Nigerians to vote for people that will
ensure freedom of religion in any part of [Nigeria]”
in the upcoming general elections, which were
postponed Saturday to late March.
Nigeria (AllAfrica) – Ahead of the
forthcoming elections, National President of
Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Rev
Jeremiah Gado, has handed down a warning to
members of the church not to vote for politicians
that kill, and destroy places of worship, or those that
sponsor hoodlums to do so.
In an exclusive interview with THISDAY, the cleric
called on his members to vote people that are God-
fearing, who will give others the opportunity to
practice their religions.
Responding to a question on whether ECWA has a
particular presidential candidate it has decided to
vote for, Rev Gado said, “I will be stupid to choose a
candidate for my congregation; every Christian has
the Holy Spirit to direct him or her appropriately. We
will only give them guidelines. We are not for a
particular party; there are Christians in the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) and there are Christians in
the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“So, we do not chose candidates for our members
because there are Christians who are bad leaders
just as there are Muslims that are bad leaders. So,
candidates should be judged by their characters
and not their religion. “But I told my members
clearly, and I am still telling them again that they
should not vote for people that kill and destroy
places of worship; and for those that sponsor
hoodlums to kill and destroy places of worship.
Let’s not give them the chance to come and further
divide us. We must vote for people that will ensure
freedom of religion in any part of the country; who
will ensure unity and progress of Nigeria.”
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