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Vote buyers, sellers violate 11th commandment – Bishop Ezeokafor

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By O’star Eze


Most Rev Fr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, Catholic of Awka Diocese has declared that any catholic who engages in or selling have violated the eleventh and should go for confession.


Speaking during a media chat to mark the Christmas Celebration at St Patrick’s  Cathedral,  Awka,   Ezeokafor said that and selling amounts to one selling one’s conscience.


He said he agrees with late  Chinua Achebe that the problem of Nigeria is that of poor leadership and enjoined electorate to ensure they do not subscribe to buying.


buying is the greatest enemy of good election. It is the “eleventh ” and a sin in the Catholic  Church. You betray your conscience and faith thereby.


“Vote the right person,  protect your vote and every other thing will fall into place,” he said.


,  on the issue of minimum wage, opined that the government can pay the N30,000 minimum wage being demanded by Labour Union if they cut down the high cost of governance.

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“If the government cuts down the security votes and the salary of lawmakers by one third,  they will comfortably pay .


“Why should lawmakers in Nigeria earn more than their counterparts in America? If the government is serious,  we must minimise the cost of running the government.


“Nigerian government should be able to pay if they prune down the cost of governance,” he said.


He enjoined all faiths to learn to live together in harmony and celebrate the Christmas staying conscious of the inevitable demands of the new year.


In his words, “Let us be watchful and do our best to ensure that Nigeria is intact. As Christians, we know Christ came to give us life and the truth.

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“What is facing us next year, the elections, is so vital that the truth of Christ must prevail.


“Witnessing to the truth is to be sincere to ourselves and make sure we get the right people to rule.”


He also advised journalists to realise the importance of their role in the society and ensure they relay .


“Nature of society depends on information they receive.  When they get good information,  they become better. Give the people ,” he said.




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