By Sam Eyoboka
LAGOS—PRELATE of Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Rev. Samuel Chukwiemeka Uche, yesterday called on Nigerian politicians not to overheat the polity in the interest of peace and unity for a stronger Nigeria.
Speaking at its National Headquarters, Wesley House, Marina, Lagos while briefing newsmen on the state of the nation, the Prelate said: “The presidential elections has come and gone but this should not make Nigeria crumble. Those who won should exhibit maturity and be magnanimous in victory.
“While those, who lost should accept defeat, either temporarily or permanently with patience and equanimity. No sacrifice including conceding defeat will be too much.
“Moreover, the winner of the current election has promised to run an inclusive government, which I understand to mean that even the opposition may be considered in forming the cabinet of the incoming government.
“However, if anyone feels cheated, he or she can choose lawful means of realising his or her alleged stolen mandate without calling for war.”
He also urged Federal Government and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to ensure credible elections as witnessed in developed countries.