The Knights of Saint Mulumba (KSM) of the Catholic Church in Nigeria has called on politicians and political parties to campaign on issues that address national challenges rather than overheating the polity.
The group stated this in a press briefing to announce the commencement of its 39th convention with the theme, “Deepening Christian Spirituality for Peace: Trends, Prospects and Challenges” which commenced on Nov. 30 and end on Dec. 2.
Diamond Ovueraye, Supreme Knight of the Order who addressed journalists on behalf of the group said hate campaigns by any of the two most popular political party was capable of causing chaos in the country.
Ovueraye urged Nigerians to discern and vote for those that would heal and unite the nation, adding that this is an era in which everyone should participate.
“We are in the midst of intractable insecurity, raging ethno-religious conflicts, poverty, palpable injustice, dilapidated infrastructure, worsening unemployment and ailing economy.
“Nigeria is now charged with politics, we are all experiencing heightened political activities as the candidates of the various political parties have emerged and campaigns have started.
“Your vote is your power, so we challenge Nigerians to seek out and vote those politicians who command the qualities best suited to unify and grow our country, rather than further divide us.
“People that can heal the wounds of our nation as opposed to deepening its injuries, and to secure for the next generation a legacy of choices based on informed awareness,” he said.
The group also commended the Nigerian Army for the gallant war it has continuously waged against insurgents in the North east.
“We applaud gallant Nigerian soldiers out there in the cold and rugged conditions of the Sambisa forest and other flash points.
“We commiserate with families of those who have lost their lives and pray for the repose of their souls,” he said.
Speaking on the essence of the group, Ovueraye described KSM as an association of practicing Catholic men, willing to volunteer their time, treasure and talent for the service of God, the Church and their fellow men.
“We work hard to strengthen the spirituality of members and the economic welfare of those around us, through medical missions and reaching out to the poor.”