The Lagos West Diocese of the Anglican Communion has inaugurated the 2019 election Sensitisation, Mobilisation and Observation Committee.
The committee is saddled with engaging governorship aspirants in Lagos state and conducting a debate for voters to know what they stand for before the general elections.
Unveiling the committee last week, the Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. James Odedeji said the church, as the moral compass of the society, has a duty to call attention to things that could affect collective wellbeing and guide the people in making the best choice among the array of candidates.
He said the committee would be a platform for candidates vying for political positions in the state and beyond to present their manifestoes and plans, if elected.
Which charging the church to be an unbiased umpire, Bishop Odedeji noted elections constitute the most important foundation upon which democracy rests, stating the the church must strive to improve the process.
He said all the elections from the Houses of Assembly to the presidential, will be closely monitored with an impartial report presented.
According to him: Nigeria is in this mess today because good people have failed to do what is expected of them.
“Vote buying remains the order of the day, opponents are unduly maligned and capacity is down-played.
“We have already started by sensitising all members of our churches towards obtaining their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and encouraging them to vote.”
He said the committee s participation in the monitoring of previous elections has earned it accreditation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He added the integrity of members of the committee was never in doubt as they performed excellently well during the 2007, 2011 and 2015 general elections.
Bishop Odedeji advised Nigerians to fully participate in deciding who govern them for the four years, adding “It is our responsibility to improve on what we inherited from the founding fathers of the country.”
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