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Nigeria 2023: Could mega church endorsements boost Osinbajo’s chances?

Barely nine weeks to the presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has yet to declare his intention to contest. Some large Christian establishments are working to ensure that the next president is Christian. Will this boost Osinbajo’s chances, given his strong standing in the Redeemed Christian Church of God?

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) – an umbrella body for all major Christian denominations in Nigeria – recently said the next president of the country must be a Christian from the south.

“We have warned all political parties against fielding either Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian presidential candidates. Since President Muhammadu Buhari is a Muslim from the north, in the interest of equity, fairness, social justice and cohesion, the next president should be a Christian from the south,” said CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle.

Barely a week later, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Nigeria’s largest pentecostal church set up a department of politics and governance ahead of the elections with the aim of boosting the candidacy of its members who seek to run for political office.

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