Elections should not be a do-or-die affair – Prophet Abiara

A former General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Prophet Samuel K. Abiara has appealed to politicians not to see the general elections as a do-or-die affair, adding that they should exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship before and after the elections.

He gave the advice on Wednesday as he kicked off the Abuja edition of the ‘Prayer for Peace in the Nation’ revival which he had earlier held in Oyo and Lagos states in January.

The programme reportedly kicked off at the CAC Agbala Itura, along Karimu Road, Kado, Abuja, on Wednesday and would end on Sunday with a thanksgiving service.

He said, “We will continue to pray for peace in the nation, and for Nigerians. At this period of the elections, we need to pray. Nigeria has a glorious future.”

While he reiterated that there was no gain in predicting doom for the nation, the cleric said prayers could change situations for good.

In a short interview with our correspondent, Abiara also advised the Independent National Electoral Commission to make sure that it organised free, fair and credible elections.

He told Nigerians to troop out and vote for the candidates of their choice for the various elective positions.

He said, “I appeal to the politicians not to see elections as a do-or-die affair. There is always life after the elections.

“You hardly hear of any conflict or violence before, during and after the elections in other climes.

“Nigerian politicians must learn from this spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship always exhibited by politicians in advanced countries like the United States of America and United Kingdom.

“Also, I want to beg the INEC to make sure that the elections are free, fair and credible.”(Punch)

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