The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians to use this year’s Christian Lenten period to pray for peaceful conduct during the upcoming elections as well as re-dedicate themselves to the virtues of compassion, neighbourliness and love.
The ruling party through a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said Nigerians must use this period “to refocus their desires and work together as one united family under God, irrespective of ethnicity, political affiliations, class or creed.”
The party urged the citizens to ensure that they vote only peace-loving individuals at all levels and reject those associated with violence and bigotry.
“We must use this year’s Lent to reaffirm values that bind us together as a people. The fact that the March 28th Presidential and National Assembly elections fall within this solemn period, which is universally dedicated to fasting, prayers, penance and charity is of great significance, even as it provides us an ample opportunity to re-commit our democracy and dear nation to the Almighty God,” PDP stated.
“We must therefore allow our thoughts and actions to be divinely directed. We must use the fasting period to strengthen our resistance to evil machinations that may present themselves against the success of the elections by not only shunning all forms of violence and squabbles but also ensuring that only peace-loving persons are elected at all levels.”
The party called on religious leaders to use this period of spiritual re-armament for effectual prayers and messages that emphasize love and peaceful co-existence in the country.
It also called on those behind the insurgency ravaging the country to retrace their steps and understand that life is sacrosanct and should not be wasted for any reason.
The party reiterated its commitment to the unity, stability and prosperity of the nation and urged the political class to eschew all statements and actions that promote division among the people.
The elections are scheduled for March 28 and April 11.
They were rescheduled by six weeks owing to escalating terror in some parts of the country.
Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. Wednesday marked the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter, with Sundays not included in the count.
– CAJ News