By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, has admonished the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to shun electoral fraud and stand for the whole country, rather than a section of the country.
Okoh who further appealed to INEC to stand for the interest of the whole nation and not that of a single group of people, gave this admonition during a press interview in Abuja after the symposium on “Christians and Politics” organized as one of the series of activities planned for the 2018 Carnival for Christ.
The Primate pointed out that Nigerians had no other arrangement and thus depended on INEC, the courts, and security agencies being sponsored by the national fund to ensure that the elections were done properly.
He said that if any of those bodies allowed any group to manipulate their operations, then they would destroy the country and go down in history as those who did not play their own role towards the development of the nation.
Primate Okoh encouraged Nigerians not to be discouraged in the face of apparent triumph of evil over good because, according to him, at the end, good would definitely win as evil could never overcome good.
Pointing out the case of Leah Sharibu as an example of righteous suffering, the Primate said that Christians, and Nigerians in general should decide for the truth and be willing to pay the price; explaining that some people may have to pay the price for the good of others and the nation at large.
He therefore charged Nigerians to arise and not allow themselves to be marginalized and called on all who had integrity, honour and virtue, to stand up and defend it.
The head of the Anglican Church in Nigeria urged Nigerians to persevere, no matter how hard things were, and refuse to accept bribe from any politician but vote conscientiously. According to him, anyone who accepted bribe would be mortgaging not just their future, but that of their children, children's children and even the ones yet unborn.
He explained that if one accepted bribe from politicians, one could not expect anything from them. He thus advised Nigerians to vote the right people into power, noting that when the righteous ruled, the people rejoiced.
He advised the government not to deploy too many security outfits on days of elections, as, according to him, it would cause confusion.
He however urged the government to deploy people and charge them with specific functions so that in the event of failure, such organizations or leaders would be questioned and held responsible.