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Catholic Archbishop calls for election prayers

16 January 2015, 19:19

Lagos - The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins, on Friday asked Nigerians to seek the face of God in choosing their leaders in the forthcoming general elections.

Martins in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos said Nigerians must be ready to challenge the status of people coming into leadership positions with the principle of equity, peace and justice.

"As a nation, we enter into a very significant year, when once more we shall have an opportunity to choose our leaders.

"Let us choose only those who will cooperate with God in navigating the ship of our country out of the murky waters so that terrorism, corruption and poverty will be history.

Also read: Cleric urges Nigerians to pray for successful elections

"We must vote according to the very best of our consciences, let us pray for peaceful, free and fair elections and commend our nation to the safe hands of the Almighty,’’ the statement said.

The cleric urged the leaders and the led to make it their priority to respect one another and enhance the dignity of one another.

"If we enter the New Year with the same old attitudes and mentality, needless to say, it’s just going to be business-as-usual. All the expected break-through will be a mirage.’’

The statement urged Nigerians to shift their emphasis from expectations that are based on mere sentiments and focus on the all-important need to cultivate a new mindset and attitude.



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