2023 polls would have consumed Nigeria but for prayers – OAIC

The Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC)has attributed the successful conclusion of the 2023 general elections without national disintegration to the prayers of the body of Christ.

Nigeria, it said, would have disintegrated going by the tension and rancour that greeted the polls if the church didn’t preserve in prayers.

The body called on Nigerians to put the bitter acrimony that characterized the polls behind and cooperate to push the nation forward.

These were the resolutions of the OAIC after its REC meeting at the Cherubim & Seraphim Movement Church, Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt, Rivers State from March 22-23.

In a communique after the meeting signed by its Regional President His Most Eminence, Elder Israel Akinadewo, PhD FCA and Regional Secretary Victor A. Ivoke, PhD, OAIC said: ‘’We thank God that Nigeria did not burn down as widely speculated in some quarters. It was the prayer of the church and the efforts of well-meaning Nigerians that held this nation from tethering to the brinks.

‘’We appreciate all individuals and organizations that helped to douse the tension raised by political activities and we shall continue to pray for a peaceful and a prosperous nation.’’

It added: ‘’Now that the elections are over, we urge both the winners and losers to forget about the bitter campaigns and work together for peace and prosperity of the nation. Politics is a call to service. We, therefore, call on all politicians and public office holders to uphold the values of integrity, accountability and transparency in their daily dealings with the people of Nigeria when sworn into office.’’

On rising cost of living and poor economy, the body called on government to address the suffering of the masses so that hunger will be far from the nation.

On the significance of the church on nation-building, OAIC said: ‘’Whereas other leaders can fail, the church must not fail in condemning all appearances of evil in the land. The pulpit must not be abused or mortgaged on the altar of political gain or greed.

‘’We must continue to raise our prophetic voices on matters that affect the nation as leaders in our own rights. We must not fail those that look up to us but must continue to point the nation to the path of righteousness and exemplary conduct.

‘’We observed with dismay conflicting prophesies oozing out from pulpits of renowned pastors and prophets in the wake of the general elections and caution that men should not take the mercy of God for granted by speaking in the name of the Almighty God when He (God) has not spoken.

‘’Such hastily concocted and politically-induced prophecies tend to bring the church to ridicule and make a mockery of the sacred gift or prophecy that the church is blessed with.’’

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