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The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude, has called on all Nigerians to put the nation and the people first in thought, words and action as they prepare to vote in this year’s elections.

In a statement issued in Benin City, the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria reiterated the call for peace among Nigerians, maintaining that the contestation for power should not be a ‘do or die affair’, but one which offers us all an opportunity to exercise our God-given right to exercise our franchise in determining the direction our country should take and shape the future of our nation.

“I call on all Nigerians to make peace our watchword, embrace one another in love and get involved in the electoral process by undertaking their civic responsibilities in a civil and rancour-free manner. We must remember that whatever the case, we as Nigerians can still come out as true winners in this election, if we choose to let our votes speak peacefully and respect the rules of the game, knowing that in any contest, there must be a winner and a loser. If we conduct ourselves well and do the right thing, Nigeria ultimately will be the winner.”

Dr.Omobude called on the politicians to eschew all forms of violence, explore peace at all times and encourage their supporters to be peaceful and civil in their conduct, at all times. He enjoined them to remember that “it is only God who gives and takes power and that a loss at the polls is only a temporary setback from which many have bounced back to achieve monumental and defining victories in the past. The political class must, at this time, pull together and play politics without bitterness. No one’s ambition can be greater than the nation’s survival,so caution must take the place of desperation in the quest for power.”

The PFN President appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission to rise to the occasion and diligently discharge its duty to the nation. “INEC must remember that the eyes of the world are fixed on Nigeria at this time. It cannot afford to fail millions of Nigerians, home and abroad, who look forward to a well-planned and brilliantly-executed elections. The body must ensure that the process is transparent, free and fair, and that the electorate is not disenfranchised, with every eligible voter given the opportunity to perform their civic duty. This is a defining moment in the history of Nigeria, and we must put in our best to get things right.”

Dr Omobude called on Christians “to vote in accordance with our values, take seriously their civic responsibility and put the interest of Nigeria first. We urge Nigerians to eschew all forms of violence and find ways to agree in our disagreement. We must major on our majors and minor on our minors.”

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, he says, “is mindful of the responsibility of the Church to stand in gap for our nation, and guide her in the right direction. As the National elections approach, we declare that only the will of the God shall prevail over our land, and that peace and prosperity shall continue to be our portion.”

He encouraged all Christians to continue to uphold the nation in prayer, in furtherance of the 52-week, 24-hour National Prayer initiative which was launched by the PFN last year. He enjoined the church to sustain the culture of prayers for Nigeria, even beyond the elections, such that prayer for the nation becomes an integral part of our church programmes.

Simbo Olorunfemi

Director, Media and Publicity

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