By Sam Eyoboka
AHEAD of the 2015 general elections scheduled for next month, eminent Pentecostal ministers from within and otherside the country are expected to gather in Lagos from February 4, to offer fervert prayers for peaceful election and cessation of insurgency in every part of the country.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM, Anthony Village, Lagos, the LOC chairman of the 13th national biennial conference of PFN, Pastor Austen Ukachi though Nigeria is reputed to be a very religious nation, yet deliberate actions of men to underplay the leading role of God in their affairs, is circumspect.
According to the LOC chairman, “this conference will afford us the opportunity to pray for the nation to fall under the tutelage of God the Holy Spirit for a turn-around. Great men of God from within and outside Nigeria have agreed to speak the Word of God and lead us in series of prayers.”
Ukachi maintained that the activities evil men had given rise to the series of negative indices of Boko Haram insurgency, corruption in almost every facet of our nationhood and other vices, noting, however, that eminent preachers like American Morris Cerullo, CAN president, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, presiding bishop of TREM, Bishop Mike Okonkwo have all agreed to intecede on behalf of the nation.
Other ministers include Rev. (Dr.) Mercy Ezekiel (CPM), Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, Apostle Pearl Kupe from South Africa, Rev. Felix Meduoye of Foursquare Gospel Church as well as delegates from different parts of the country.
Pastor Ukachi said the theme of the three days programme which will feature plennary sessions is; “Ïn the power of His Spirit,” noting that the Lord had inspired the leaders under the theme in the “overall good of the nation, the peoples and indeed the Church, moreso in this auspicious period of political electioneering processes, into the the 5th Season of National Political Revolution of the current Republic”.
“We will trust the Lord for the elections to be smooth, fair and to build Nigeria of our dreams. We use this medium to appeal to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega and his associates in the INEC to be above board in the fear of the Lord, in the interest of our nation and posterity, as they conduct the elections,” he stated.
The PFN therefore called on the electoral body to issue the remaining permanent voters cards PVCs to theor rightful owners, to avoid de-enfranchising elegible voters, from the process.
To the politicians, PFN says “it behoves on our politicians on all divides to be patriotic and abide by the rule of the rule of the game as spelt out in our electoral laws. They should eschew political violence and sharp practices. No Nigerian blood should be sacrificed on the altar of political ambition.”
Similarly, the PFN spokesman urged all Nigerians to ensure that they collect their PVCs and vote for the candidates of their choice, saying they must exercise their franchise and shun every attempt by politicians to recruit them as thugs.
Last year, after a fruitful and rewarding National Executive Council meeting of the PFN held at its secretariat in Lagos, the president, Rev. Felix Omobude announced a 3-day fasting and prayers from October 2, which involved all churches and ministries under the aegis of the fellowship, as well as other Christians.
It was to arrest the unprecedented siege on the nation and the wave of violence that has enveloped the nation.