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Cleric urges President-elect to focus on peace, unity

21 May 2015, 08:31

Abuja - Nicholas Okoh, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), on Wednesday called on Nigerians and the incoming administration led by Muhammadu Buhari to focus on peace and the unity of the country.

Okoh told newsmen in Abuja no development could be achieved in any society without peace and unity.

He said the current problem of insurgency, regional and ethnic suspicion in the country was a threat to peace and unity.

"Peace is a major capital needed to develop the country and there must be a deliberate policy by the incoming administration to reassure Nigerians of peace and unity.

"Except we are at peace and be ready to complement and accept each other as creatures of God, we cannot make progress.

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"We must see ourselves as one, a Southerner must live in the North, build and invest there without fear of crisis and a Northerner must do same for us to be proud of a united country," he said.

The primate pledged the commitment of the church to continue to support and pray for the incoming and outgoing administrations of the country.

He commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his commitment to ensuring peace and unity in the country, adding that his defeat in the election was not a mark of failure.

He called on Jonathan to take advantage of the defeat to embrace God and be committed to His work, adding: "Human being can fail you, but God does not fail, provided you have faith in Him."

"The defeat must be seen as a fact that you have completed your assignment and I can assure you with faith that there is still life outside the State House," Okoh said.


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