The Chairman, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) , and Primate Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, has called on Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion or party affiliations to do everything within their powers to ensure that the wrong politicians do not have emerge during the forthcoming 2011 general elections in the country.
Most Rev. Okoh, who made the call recently while speaking to newsmen in Enugu shortly after the opening ceremony of a Two-Day 2010 Pre-Pilgrimage Retreat organised for officials of various state Christian Pilgrims Welfare Boards in the federation, also described as liars those who had predicted doom for Nigeria.
“Those who say doom is coming to Nigeria are liars. We hereby cancel that doom and prophesy blessing for Nigeria. There are some people who say they will spill their blood. Such things will not happen. Nobody can intimidate anybody now. Nigerians have grown up , nobody can intimidate anybody. So there is no question of any group of people gathering in their clusters trying to intimidate anybody,” he said.
He, continued that any candidate who has superior argument , who has the power of pulling the people should win. The 2011 general election is critical.
“Some of the presidential aspirants are not looking for presidency. They want to register their names so that in the end they get one or two things. Very soon ,every thing will be clear, boys will be boys , while men will be men. They will know who is who,” he said.
According to him, “If we get the election right, we will go places. But if we don’t get it right, then the problems of Nigeria will continue to linger .” However, the Church is praying hard to ensure peace in the country come 2011 and beyond”.
Most Rev. Okoh , also revealed that already the church is mobilising in terms of trying to “blow the whistle” if any foul is dictated during the election, pointing out that the church will also shout if any candidate is caught stealing ballot boxes.
“The church is not idle . It is going to watch what is happening and where there is foul it will blow the whistle.”