It appears religious leaders are taking the 2019 election even more serious than the political parties.

Lately, many of them have seized every opportunity to appeal to Nigerians about the need to register for the exercise.

The Chief Imam, Federal University of Technology, Minna Central Mosque, Malam Bashir Yankuzu, is the latest to join this campaign.

During the Friday sermon at the Central Mosque, he advised eligible Nigerians to register in the ongoing continuous voters’ registration exercise.

“I urge those that had earlier registered and have not collected their PVCs to do so, to enable them to elect credible leaders.

“We must not partake in promoting corrupt or evil people to take the mantle of leadership in our society.

“We must get our voter’s card and use it wisely during elections.”

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Yankuzu observed that in Nigeria, the privileged few occupied positions only to care for and enrich themselves and their associates and yet expect Allah to be on their side.

“Our community must wake up to its responsibility, remain united and identify itself only with those who care for its well-being.

“We must fight corruption and immorality among our youths; survival of the country calls for our individual and collective efforts,” he said.

INEC may just have found the formula that works because Nigerians respect their religious leaders.

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