13th December, 2010
Politicians preparing to rig the 2011 elections have been warned that they would payÂ with their lives if they attempt to rig the elections.
The General Superintendent of the Christ Redemption Bible Church, Lagos, Pastor JohnÂ Ogundare said all those who would attempt to rig the election would incur Godâ€™sÂ wrath and that such people might die.
â€œGod is set to take the country to a new level with the success of this electionÂ and anyone attempting to stand in the way of Godâ€™s plan, will not go unpunished. So,Â let all those who put their trust in rigging beware,â€ he warned.
He also appealed to Christians to play more active roles in next yearâ€™s polls soÂ that the needed changes could be effected in the country, while urging them toÂ ensure they register as voters during the registration exercise billed for nextÂ month and ensure they vote and monitor the counting process.
Ogundare, who spoke with newsmen to herald the churchâ€™s 2010 Annual Victory at lastÂ Congress, scheduled to hold between 13 and 18 December in Ketu, Lagos State,Â southwest Nigeria, frowned at decisions by some church organisation to make votersÂ registration a pre condition for partaking in the Holy Communion, saying suchÂ punitive measure was not necessary.
â€œWe can only educate and encourage the congregation to perform their civic rightsÂ and be part of the movement for a better Nigerian societyâ€, he said.
He commended Prof Attahiru Jega, Chairman, Independent National ElectoralÂ Commission, INEC, saying that Nigerians should assist the electoral umpire toÂ succeed by monitoring the electoral process.