President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday felicitated with Nigerian Muslims as they commemorate the birth of Prophet MuMuhammad.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President urged Muslims to use the opportunity offered by the Eid-el-Maulud to offer special prayers for successful and peaceful elections in the country next month.
Also, the General Evangelist, Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Prophet Samuel Abiara, has appealed to politicians to embrace peace and avoid any act that could lead to violence ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The clergy, who spoke in Lagos during the crossover service, decried insecurity and economic decline as a result of falling oil prices.
He said, “We are deeply concerned over the continuous killing of the innocent people of Nigeria. The land is becoming polluted with their blood. This is a big challenge to all our past, present and future leaders. The Federal Government must direct all efforts and forces to fight and end terrorism permanently in the affected areas.
“As a matter of urgency, before the general elections, the Federal Government must find a lasting solution to these senseless killings. The Federal and state governments cannot afford to continue to expose their citizens to untimely and horrible death. God is not happy with this at all.
“The Federal Government must make sure the victims that were left homeless, fatherless, old and young people, widows and widower are well comforted and cared for.”
The cleric, however, encouraged Nigerians not to panic, saying God would intervene to restore the country. He also appealed to Nigerians to be cautious of who to vote.
Abiara advised politicians to take a cue from political trends all over the world where winners and losers accept the outcome of elections in good faith.
Source: Punchng, @Olabluetooth