17th February, 2019
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kogi chapter, has advised Nigerians to remain calm and continue to pray fervently for peaceful elections.
Its state chairman, Dr John Ibenu, gave the advice while speaking to newsmen after a church service on Sunday in Lokoja.
The cleric was reacting to the rescheduling of the Presidential and National Assembly elections to Feb. 23 from Feb. 16 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Ibenu appealed for calmness despite describing the postponement as being ‘unfortunate’.
”God is in charge; everything works together for good to them that love God; we should see it as part of the answers to our prayers from God.
“Those who are planning to cause violence should desist because God will bring all their works and actions to judgment,” Ibenu said.
He advised Nigerians, especially Christians, to remain calm and continue to pray fervently for peaceful and violence-free elections.
The cleric also advised Nigerians to shun all acts of electoral violence and malpractice at all times and in all places before, during and after the elections.
He urged Christians to vote for candidates who would stand for righteousness, peace, joy, security, job creation, unity and progress of Nigerians.
Also, Pastor Dapo Olumuyiwa, the State Pastor of Living Faith Church, Lokoja, urged Christians to be resilient and not be discouraged.
He admonished them not to be disappointed by the rescheduling of the elections, but rather be more committed to voting against evil in Nigeria.
In his sermon with the title: ”Walking In Dominion”, the cleric said that believers had been redeemed to walk in established dominion by Jesus Christ.
He appealed to the congregation to come out massively on Feb. 23 to exercise their civic rights without any fear of intimidation.
The cleric also urged them not to sell their votes nor release their PVCs to anybody no matter the inducement.
He prayed that God would silence the devil and all its agents perpetrating evil against Nigeria.