Accept defeat after election, bishop advises politicians
By Rita Michael
The Catholic Bishop of Bauchi Diocese, Dr. Hilary Nanman Dachelem, has called on politicians to always accept defeat after election.
He also cautioned politicians not to see politics as a do-or-die affair but a game that must be won by one person.
The Bishop gave the advice during the closing ceremony of the 2018 2nd General Assembly of the Catholic Diocese held in Bauchi.
“Nigerian politicians should always play according to the rules so that there will be no stealing of ballot boxes and other electoral malpractices during election.
"If INEC who's the judge says that based on the data you have won, accept it. "We should get to the level where a loser congratulates the winner and the winner also congratulates the loser; there should be friendship, politics is not a do-or-die thing."
According to him, the problem is that politics has been confused with money and also with religion but "my advice sincerely to politicians is this: please, do your politics and don't meddle it with religion,".
Bishop Dachelem also urged government and security agencies to keep politics aside and rescue the 110 girls of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, abducted recently by suspected insurgents.
He said, “ I believes life is sacred and must therefore be protected and respected.
“The best the government and security agencies can do now is to rescue the abducted girls alive.
“My call is for the government to leave politics aside and retrieve these girls, leave politics and protect lives. You don't politicise life, for Christ's sake.
"Buhari is governing us because he has life, if he doesn't have life, how can he govern us? He is governing us because we have life, if we don't have life, he can't govern us. When we take that life, what we are doing is destroying the foundation that makes us what we are and that is why we don't need to toy with life.
"I don't need to know who you are, political affiliation or religious beliefs, but all I know is that life is sacred and should be protected and respected by everybody. That is why it is a universal norm of morality that life is sacred and should be protected."
Bishop Dachelem advised politicians in the country to value and regard life with dignity as the 2019 general elections approach.
He said that governance was not an easy thing but there are issues that should not be toyed with especially when it has to do with the loss of lives quoting former President Goodluck Jonathan who said his ambition was not worth the life of any Nigerian.
He said, “We should not take anybody's life in the course of our political ambition, religious bigotry or ethnic interests.
"For no reason should we let any life go, that is an abomination, sacrilegious, unacceptable and inhumane, because the one that gave it (life) did not give it to be killed and taken by infinite beings who were also created."
Bishop Dachelem further advised Nigerians to go and register in the ongoing Voters' Registration so that they can exercise their franchise in the 2019 elections.
The 2nd Assembly which had the theme: "Building a Sustainable Church in Bauchi Diocese: Challenges and Prospects," brought together the clergy and lay faithful of the Diocese comprising of Bauchi and Gombe States, to discuss religious and social issues from the standpoint of the Catholic Church and plan for ways to grow the Church.