Archbishop, Province of the Niger, and Bishop of Awka Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Alexander Ibezim has said that the recent unveiling of a Muslim by the rulling All Progressives Congress, APC amounts to persecuting Christians.
Ibezim decried the seeming plan to alienate Christians from the affairs of Nigeria while speaking to journalists in a press conference to mark the commencement of activities marking his 60th birthday.
Speaking in Awka on Tuesday, Archbishop Ibezim said it was unacceptable to run an all-Muslim ticket in a secular state like Nigeria. He said the decision amounted to persecuting Christians in Nigeria.
“Whether you like it or not, no one must play with Christians. It is for the interest of Nigeria if Christianity succeeds.
“We have undergone alot of persecution and they want persecute us again in present day Nigeria.
“We are not second class citizens in Nigeria. For us to be holistic, for us to be truthful to ourselves, we must not play with Christianity. Muslim-Muslim ticket is unacceptable, and that is how I see it,” Ibezim said.
Speaking about the controversy surrounding the attendance of some unidentified bishops to the unveiling of the APC vice presidential candidate, Ibezim said the proliferation in churches has made it easy for people to establish their own churches and crown themselves bishops.
“Proliferation entered into the church and that is why people can dress how they like. People now call themselves, and they address themselves as bishops.
“If they claim to be bishops, let it be that God has sent them. That is my advise to them. No one can deceive the church of God.
“What they did is satanic and capable of destroying that person. They say money can buy anything, and people take the money and claim anything.
“I wish those who put on the garment of the bishop will actually do the work of bishop. Bishop is a soul winner and that is what they are expected to do. We will be happy if they are bishops and are also doing the work of bishop, which is soul-winning.”