The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia, the Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji, has expressed concern over the call by the Independent Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) on the South-East to boycott the 2019 general elections.
Ugorji expressed his concern in his sermon on the occasion of the Corpus Christi (the celebration of Christ the King) at the Mater Dei Cathedral, Umuahia on Sunday.
The proscribed IPOB had maintained that the boycott would underscore the demand for a referendum over its agitation for Biafra and further press for the realisation of the Republic of Biafra
But Ugorji said that failure to vote during the 2019 polls would amount to abdication of one’s right and civic responsibility, Daily Trust writes.
He said: “I heard that some persons are discouraging people from going to vote during the general elections.
“It is your right and civic responsibility to vote during elections. Elections offer the citizenry the opportunity to elect good leaders who will provide good governance.
“If you fail to vote, you have failed to exercise your civic responsibility as responsible citizens, thus paving the way for the emergence of bad and insensitive leaders.
“Presently, we are still Nigerians. We do not have another country we can call our own.
“So it is our right and civic responsibility to vote and chose those that will govern us at the federal, state and local government levels.”
Ugorji further charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that votes would count in 2019, especially with its promise to use the card reader.
He also admonished the judiciary to resist financial inducement to subvert the wishes of the people, adding that it should make integrity and uprightness its watchword.
He said that the Catholic Church was non-partisan but encouraged its faithful to exercise their civic responsibility toward the election of credible leaders.