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Keyamo knocks Cardinal Onaiyekan over Tinubu’s inauguration comment

Festus Keyamo

Festus Keyamo

The spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress, and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has knocked the Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, over his comment decrying the delay by the election tribunal to decide on the petition filed against the president-elect, Bola Tinubu.

According to DAILY POST, the clergyman had said during an interview on Channels Television on Thursday morning, that swearing in Tinubu before the tribunal delivers a verdict on the petitions makes no sense.

However, Keyamo in his reaction to the comment, said the man of God should have remained neutral in the issues related to politics, instead of taking sides with a candidate, noting that the action of the man of God, is an embarrassment to the body of Christ.

Keyamo, who dragged the Bishop through a statement on his verified Twitter handle, wrote “Dear daddy Onaiyekan, you know we all respect you a lot, but your political comments are becoming un-statesmanlike.

“A statesman who doubles as a Man of God should strive to be fair to all. You didn’t say the same thing when Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan and Buhari were all sworn in as Presidents when their cases were still before the courts.

“You have chosen to single out President-ElectElect @officialABAT this time around because the candidate you and your other religious brethren openly supported lost the election and you all feel humiliated and embarrassed.

“All issues raised against the victory of @officialABAT in court now (whether it is 25% votes in FCT or the fake drug issue, etc), are not different from issues raised against previous Presidents-elect because basically,y the complaints have always been that the declared victor did not win the election fair and square or was not qualified to contest the election.

“No disqualifying issue against a candidate can be greater than other disqualifying issues since a single issue can decide a case against a President-elect. So, why all the fuse now?

“It has always been our electoral template since 1999 for the declared winners to be sworn into office AVOID A VACUUM and not to foist an unconstitutional contraption on the system whilst the cases are in court.

“My dear daddy, may I respectfully advise that going forward, you and your brethren may consider stepping back from the deep and murky waters of politics and desist from descending into the arena of political conflicts where your children in your congregations find themselves on different sides of political divides, so it would be unfair to them for you to openly take sides.

“The embarrassment to the Body of Christ is getting too much and no politician is worth dragging this dignified body into unnecessary political controversy. Is this too much to ask, Daddyy”?

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