Francis Cardinal Arinze Francis Cardinal Arinze
Function:
Prefect of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Roman Curia
Title:
Cardinal Priest of S Giovanni della Pigna
Birthdate:
Nov 01, 1932
Country:
Nigeria
Elevated:
May 25, 1985
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English Cardinal Arinze warns on 2007 polls
Jul 03, 2006
A member of the Vatican, His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze  warned yesterday that the 2007 general elections may lead to a major  crisis if the  nation’s leaders failed to uphold the rule of law, saying the inability of past leaders to sanction violators of  electoral laws was responsible for the breakdown of law  and order in  the country.

(vanguardngr.com, July 01, 2006) ENUGU— He, therefore, asked Nigerians to pray fervently for the success of  the transition programme, stressing that 2007 marks another milestone  in Nigeria’s democratic  experience and should thus be committed to God  so that a righteous leader would be elected for the nation.

Cardinal Arinze who spoke with reporters at the Akanu Ibiam Airport,  Enugu shortly on arrival for this weekend’s puritan ordination of    Holy Ghost  fathers, said  weak leadership and inability of the country to enforce the law effectively on people who violated the  constitution  in the past may jeopardize future elections,  stressing  that unless violators of electoral laws were brought to book, the  nation would continue to witness crisis.

Saying that Nigeria’s democracy in the last seven years had thrived  with some positive and negative aspects, Arinze noted that the country  would have been one of  the best democracies in the world if her  potentials had  been adequately tapped.

His words: “Elections are to select those who would govern us. It  matters very much what type of people govern us because, their  decisions affect other people,  even those not yet born. Therefore, all  those who have a hand in the election should please be aware that it  is a serious matter, and should therefore, do their part so  that  people will freely vote for the persons they think will answer their  need.

The cardinal who was received at the airport by the Catholic Bishop of  Enugu, Rt. Rev. Anthony Gbuji, his Anglican Counterpart, Dr Emmanuel  Chukwuma, acting  National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, among  other dignitaries, however, implored the religious leaders not to  relent in praying for the unity and growth  of christianity  worldwide.

He attributed the crisis in Onitsha, Anambra State to people who, he  said, had “lived above the law”, asking that “something should be done  to render them ‘less  able’ to cause further damage.
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