…Call on colleagues in Jerusalem, Saudi for prayers.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Nigerian religious leaders have mobilized a thousand preachers for prayers towards the success of 2023 general elections.
Already, over 1,000 Muslim and Christian clergies from the 19 northern states of Nigeria are being mobilised to offer special prayers before, during and after the 2023 general elections, while calling on their counterparts from Saudi and Jerusalem to equally support them with prayers
They are also praying for any candidate that emerges to address poverty, crime, unemployment, banditry, kidnapping, Boko Haram, IPOP, and general insecurity issues bordering peace stability in the country.
The General Overseer of Christ’s Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, Pastor Yohanna Buru, made the calls when he visited some Muslim scholars in Kaduna with the aim of promoting friendship, peacefully coexistence, inter-religious tolerance, forgiveness and better understanding among different faith-based organizations in the country.
According to him, his organization, ‘Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria,’ has commenced mobilising Pastors and Imams across the country on the need to embark on ceaseless prayers for God to make it easy for the success of 2023 elections.
“As next month’s election approaches, all the senatorial, gubernatorial, and presidential aspirants need serious prayers for God’s guidance, success, and victory, and hence the need for all faith-based clerics to organize prayers for all the candidates, irrespective of their political parties, regional or historical background.
“We pray that may Almighty God give them wisdom on how to best represent everyone in the country, irrespective of tribe, culture, religion, or region.
“God gives our leaders wisdom that they may do things beyond their understanding. Help them choose the right path when they decide on behalf of this nation,” he prayed.
He continued by stating that they prayed for all the gubernatorial and presidential candidates, while encouraging them to seek God’s guidance and protection before, during, and after the general elections.
He added that they prayed that candidates would have “listening ears” and “soft hearts” to promote Girl-child education, boost agricultural activities, and improve medical health systems across the country, in order to reduce maternal and infant mortality.
“We pray for strength and encouragement of our leaders and election candidates,” he stated.
Similarly, one of the Islamic clerics in Kaduna, Alaramma Ibrahim Musa, also called on Muslims and Christians to always pray for their leaders, saying that it is suitable for all citizens to support their leaders with prayers so that God would help them to deliver. He then called on politicians to stop using thugs during their political campaigns.
While appealing to concerned citizens and non-governmental organizations for sustainable democracy, he said they should continuously sensitize the public on ways to conduct a credible election.
He called on youths to shun politics of thuggery, drug abuse, and stop participating in all forms of crises.