By Sunny A. David, Awka
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend (Dr) Paulinus Ezeokafor has said that the church would punish any parishioner caught in the act of vote buying in the 2019 general elections.
The Catholic Bishop stated this during an interaction with journalists to convey his Christmas message, saying those who engage in vote buying in the 2019 general elections are committing sin and need to atone for their sins through confession.
The bishop stated that next year would be a critical decision making year for the country and must be taken very seriously.
Said he: “Vote buying is a sin, and those who do that must go for confession. It is a sin, sin in quote, I say in quote because you may say it is not among the 10 commandments by God. So I put it in a context so I can take responsibility for what I said.
“Even the one who received money to vote is also a sinner, and must go for confession, because if you did not demand, the politician will not give.”
Bishop Ezeokafor also cautioned Nigerians to celebrate the birth of Christ (Christmas) in modesty, saying that the problems associated with the yuletide have always been because people tend to achieve what they could not in 11 month, in the month of December.
“The period of Christmas is a time for modesty and celebration of the life of Christ which he lived for us. Live moderately and remember that there will be next year, and that struggle and the challenges of life will continue,” the bishop stated.