I’m Still Waiting For Courts To Tell Me Nigeria’s Next President – Cardinal Onaiyekan

Archbishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has said he is still waiting for the court to tell him who won the 2023 presidential election and the next president of the country.

“I think I am entitled to take the position that I am still waiting for the courts to tell me who won the election,” the cleric said.

He argued that it does not make much sense to be swearing-in people when they are still in court.

He said that Nigeria is currently in a quagmire with regards to the 2023 general election and the fate of its next president.

Cardinal Onaiyekan who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily yesterday, said it is uncertain if the elections were truly over as some may claim, seeing that there are so many cases still lingering in the courts.

We are in an anomalous situation; we have a declared president-elect whose election is being challenged and the courts are handling it.

I think I am entitled to take the position that I am still waiting for the courts to tell me who won the election,” the cleric stressed.

Onaiyekan argued that it does not make much sense to be swearing-in people when they are still in court, adding that there needs to be an urgent review of the nation’s electoral process so as to ensure that a winner will be sworn-in whom everybody will rally around.
The archbishop said it is a pity that the courts are taking so long to make up their minds on the 2023 presidency matter, hence, a proper review of the election system has become imperative.

According to him, a proper review of the system will see to the emergence of winners in line with the wishes of the people.

Speaking further on the nation’s polity, Cardinal Onaiyekan said basic questions still linger as regards what the nation really wants as regards governance and those who rule; one of such questions being – “Do we really want democracy?”

In his opinion, “many of the political actors are not interested in democracy, they want power by all means.”

He said this is why many politicians today are only looking to manipulate the system and frustrate the wishes of the people, because they have the resources.

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