Anayo Okoli, Umuahia
ABOUT 3,000 qualified ministers of God will be contesting for the position of the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Nigeria in November when the incumbent, Rev. Charles Osueke, is billed to retire.
Osueke who was elected into the position in 1988 has served as the church’s General Superintendent for 22 years. According to Osueke who has already commenced his farewell visit to districts during a media briefing, told journalists in Umuahia, Abia State capital, that about 7,000 delegates will be attending the November Conference, slated to hold in Enugu to elect a successor to lead the church.
He maintained that the said election is devoid of politicking, stressing that any qualified minister of God who campaigns for the office before or during the conference stands automatically disqualified, in addition to other stiff penalties to be meted on such a person.
Osueke explained that the church usually embarks on a period of fasting and prayers after which they cast their ballots and whoever emerges becomes the head of the church.
To this end, the out going GS said the church has already declared 40 days of fasting from October 4, preceding the conference, pointing out that the spiritual dimension was chosen by the church to avoid acrimonious politicking that may bring division to the church.
On the 2011 general elections, Osueke prayed for a leader that will serve the people and not the one that the people will serve.
“I will like a president who will be a visionary and dedicated servant leader, a person who would see Nigeria as a unit and do everything to improve the living condition of the people; somebody who will love this country. I think the problem we have is that we don’t have people who love this country but would prefer to grab everything for themselves”, he noted.