1 A political pressure group, Nigeria’s Progress Volunteers Group (NPVG), has urged Nigerians to focus attention on the antecedents of presidential candidates, if they desire positive change in the nation’s polity and not religion leaning.
3 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the nation’s political space had in recent times, been awashed with heated debate about religion persuasion over the choice of running mate by the presidential candidates of various political parties.
4 Abimbola, speaking for the group, decried the ongoing debate about religion persuasion of the candidates jostling to be president and running mates in a country, he said, “is largely heterogeneous” .
5 According to him, some religious leaders are too egocentric and self-serving in their calls for religion balancing; though, very desirable, religion has never helped the nation to grow.
6 “Since 1999, those ruling this nation were either Christians or Muslims, yet there have been gross underdevelopment in the country with growing insecurity, poverty and mind boggling corruption.
8 “Why are we like this as a people?
12 “Someone whose, despite opportunities entrusted in his care, his people are still within the lowest rung of poverty index in this country?
13 “The time now is to talk less on religion, but focus more on what a particular political party’s joint ticket is capable of bringing to the table of traumatised citizens,” he said.
14 The group national coordinator said that the people deserve good governance through transformation of public works, reformation in the transportation and agricultural sectors.
15 He said that the people deserved leap in education, quality healthcare delivery and financial re-engineering to shore up the nation’s economy for the better.