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Fears over fate of 2023 elections creating anxiety — CAN

Anthony Iwuoma

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said the rumours that the 2023 general elections may be truncated is creating anxiety in the minds of many Nigerians.

According to the CAN president, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, there has been talks in some quarters that the election might be disrupted by some people in addition to  the spate of attacks across the land and the alleged planned attack on Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Okoh explained that the fear made CAN to hold a national day of prayer to seek the face of God and divine intervention for the country to witness peaceful and non-violent elections come 2023.

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The Archbishop, who spoke to the journalists after the prayer session at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, acknowledged that the country was indeed passing through trying and difficult time but added that the national prayer was called to implore God to disorganise already mounted weapons of war and restore peace in Nigeria.

“As Christians, we are people of prayer and now that our country is preparing for the next elections, one of the major things we should do to support our nation to have a peaceful and non-violent election is to come together and pray.

“We believe that anytime we call upon the name of our Lord, with sincerity, he answers us.

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“So, CAN decided that it would be a good thing for us to gather, particularly at this time of electioneering campaigns, so that the Lord would grant us peaceful campaign and elections. So, that is the reason we gathered Christians on the platform of CAN to do this prayer on this day.

“We know that there are some bad elements in the society but we may not know where they are, but God, who is a Spirit and the Owner of the world and its fullness, knows where they are.

“If there are any people like that, He knows where they are and where they’re preparing their weapons of war.

“Let our testimony come out at this point of history of Nigeria that we had a peaceful and credible election that produced people of integrity, people of capacity, people with competence to turn around the fortunes of this nation.

“We have people in this country, who have the passion to drive the economy of this nation. It is time to put our country back again, onto the path of progress.

“And it is important that all of us are committed to doing that disregarding all primordial sentiments but focusing on putting the country back on the track of progress.”