2019: Bishop seeks God’s intervention for peaceful polls

Akinfenwa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Sunday in Ibadan that the church of God was also asking for a “messiah”, a God-fearing man, to be enthroned as president in 2019.



By Ibukun Emiola
Ibadan, Dec. 16, 2018 (NNN) Archbishop Joseph Akinfenwa, the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, on Sunday prayed for God’s intervention in the peaceful conduct of 2019 polls in the country.

Akinfenwa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Sunday in Ibadan that the church of God was also asking for a “messiah”, a God-fearing man, to be enthroned as president in 2019.

He said this on the sidelines of the 20th Diocesan Award and Anniversary Thanksgiving Service of Ibadan North Diocese Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).

NNN reports that the anniversary was entitled: “To You Alone, O Lord Be Glory Given’’ with Psalm 115:1 as the main scripture.

Akinfenwa, who expressed his disappointment at the state of the nation and cited various challenges bedeviling the nation to include, poverty, insecurity among others.

According to him, the church is asking for divine intervention in the 2019 elections.

“We feel disappointed in the kind of leadership we have, not only in our nation but in the various political parties, for all intent and purposes, what we are seeing is that the people are out to just satisfy themselves.

“We see selfishness; people who don’t bother how many people are killed or how many are hungry but people who care only to swallow millions and billions of naira.

“So what we are asking for God’s intervention, to give us a messiah, somebody who will come, no matter what it will takes to cleanse this nation; to give us the right leadership, somebody who will be merciful to the poor and the downtrodden and someone who will use the resources of this country in the right way,” the cleric said.

Most Revd Michael Fape, the Diocesan Bishop of Remo Diocese and the Archbishop of Lagos Province , in his sermon congratulated the church on its anniversary, which he said, “is an opportunity to reflect on the past as well as forge ahead to create lasting legacies for the future.”

“Nigeria needs dynamic leadership who will work assiduously to make the country great, hence the need for the church to encourage the younger generation to key into the vision of Ibadan North Diocese.

“There is the need to keep the faith of our fathers; our church workers must be spirit- filled, we must all learn to surrender our all to God including our resources as well as learn to trust and obey God to secure the future of the church,” Fape said.

Chief Bode Amoo, the Chairman, Diocesan 20th anniversary and award committee, enjoined the awardees to contribute their quota to ensure the growth of the church regardless of the economic challenges in the country.

NNN reports that the event featured award presentation to members, who contributed to the development of the church.

Amongst those honoured were Chief Akin Olujinmi, a SAN, Chief Oyewale Akinrinade, another legal practitioner among others. (NNN)
Edited by Philip Dzeremo/Grace Yussuf

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