Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has condemned the appearance of strange “Bishops” during the unveiling of Kashim Shettima as the Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC as frightening and shocking.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY had reported that during the unveiling of Shettima as Bola Tinubu’s running mate in Abuja on Wednesday, some random fellows said to be Bishops were seen gracing the ceremony.
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, as well as the Catholic Church have since described the Bishops as fake, while some Nigerians had identified some of them as artisans in their neighbourhoods.
Reacting to the development, the National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike and the National Secretary, Comrade Obinna Achionye said it was frightening and shocking that certain persons could go that far in the name of politics.
The OYC said they were awed by “the level of desperation being displayed by the APC presidential campaign group”, stressing that “every well meaning Nigerian should also be concerned because such persons do not mean well for the country.”
They added that “if the Tinubu campaign team could go as far as hiring people from the streets and giving them bishopric attires just to claim acceptance by the Christian community, then anything else is possible.
“Frankly, we are troubled by that show of shame; we are worried over that level of desperation and it is a warning sign, a wake up call to all Nigerians.
“To worsen the matter, the hirelings were seen sharing money openly at a popular hotel in Abuja just a few minutes after the event.
“How can we explain the fact that the same Tinubu who could not find a competent Christian as his running mate, was able to find hordes of street urchins who paraded themselves as Bishops? So, after all, Christians are now important to the Tinubu campaign. This is hypocrisy to the highest level and we urge Nigerians to be watchful.”