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62nd Independence: There is still hope for Nigeria, Primate reassures

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze and Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
03 October 2022   |   4:05 am
Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, has said though Nigerians are going through difficult times, there is still hope for Nigeria.

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Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, has said though Nigerians are going through difficult times, there is still hope for Nigeria.

Acknowledging the insecurity, oppression, corruption ad other anomalies in the land, the cleric, however, asserted that God would turn things around for the country.

Speaking at a church service to mark Nigeria’s 62nd Independence anniversary, yesterday, in Abuja, Ndukuba urged Nigerians to be prayerful and proactive in getting the most populous black nation out of the woods.

He said: “When we look at the scriptures, there were times that God’s people were in captivity, in Egypt and in Babylon. In all of these, God showed up for his people and we are believing God will show up for Nigeria. We are proud Nigerians and we are optimistic that God, who raises the dead, will restore our voice and break our captivities. For now, we need to engage in prayer, we need to be proactive to get out of this rot. It will take citizens’ actions and our participation in what is happening, in praying, and in taking our steps, to do the right things, especially as the election campaign begins.”

Ndukuba, who declares that the period of deceit, manipulation and oppression was over, noted that Nigerians were rising up to take their destiny in their hands and play their role in the determining who leads the country, adding that money bags would not count.

According to him, what will count are character, honesty, integrity and service.

“Nigeria will rise again. We want to see that people who are running for positions are people who are willing to tackle our problems and not use the masses to achieve their personal agenda,” he stated.

The Primate urged the youths to shun thuggery, as their recruiters will never deploy their children for same purpose.

He charged political parties to centre their campaigns on issues, cautioning against inciting remarks and character assassination.

BESIDES, Bishop of the Methodist Church, Diocese of Kubwa, Rt. Rev. Chikwendu Igwe, has urged Nigerians to reject candidates with questionable credentials and histories at the 2023 polls.

He lamented that some of the candidates vying for the presidency have their histories shrouded in secrecy, resorting to image laundering to deceive Nigerians.

The bishop said such candidates, if elected, would not provide leadership with integrity and transparency based on their integrity rating.

Igwe gave the advice at his 60th birthday celebration and launch of his new book, “Biblical Church Discipline and The Christian Witness” at the weekend in Abuja.

The cleric, while observing that Nigeria is a great country endowed with natural resources, adding that the nation lacks lack disciplined leaders, who should, in the first instance, lead the citizens to the Promised Land.

He challenged the candidates vying for the various public offices to be accountable, adding that it would be business as usual this time around.

While urging Nigerians to vote for individuals and not parties, Igwe warned of an uprising if leaders, who do not have the capacity and integrity to deliver, are voted into power.