The Senior Pastor of Abundant Life Christian Assembly, Kaduna, Rev Samson Ozovehe, as called on politicians in the country to shun politics of hatred and bitterness as the country approach the 2019 general elections.
Speaking at a Special Church Prayer for Nigeria @58th, Ozovehe said it was time for the political class to say goodbye to politics of hatred and give way to freedom of expression, good governance and accountability that will provide greatest avenue for great development.
“It is time to promote a Nigeria where its age long motto of “Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress” will have practical meanings to all citizens; oneness, harmony, trust, understanding, reconciliation and development in all regions,” the pastor said adding that Ethnic and religious violence should no longer be an issue in the country.
“It is time to give hope and comfort to the likes of Leah Sharibu and their families that Nigerians across divides stand united with them. Let’s together make all these happen and reclaim our lost glory and hope for a brighter future,” the clergy man added.
He said Nigeria had been appreciated in 1960 as an emerging black nation with one of the best potentials for greatness but added that the lofty hopes and expectations that the “giant of Africa” was born to blaze a trail of ascendancy of the black race and African people is now best described by many as a mirage.
“Today, in a global world where we were supposed to be a major player, we can only be compared with some of the world’s least endowed countries. In spite of our abundant resources, we are now classified as the world’s poorest country where over 70% of our citizens live on less than a US dollar a day.”
“Poverty has grown exponentially that, in comparative terms, living conditions from the 60’s to the 80’s were lot more tolerable for Nigerians than it is today.”
“Nigeria has degenerated so tragically that practically all institutions and infrastructures have virtually collapsed as a result of crippling corruption, favoritism and nepotism that seems to have grown into a national identity. Security of lives and properties also became a major challenge.”
“The concept of Nigeria’s independence celebrations in recent years became controversial. Some were opposed to it because they cannot see what there is to celebrate. However, while I admit that there had been serious cases of needless failures in the past, the fact that Nigeria is still holding together after all our calamities is sufficient reason to celebrate. 58 years in a nation’s existence should not just be a time of sober reflection but a celebration of some sort,” the clergy man added.
“Every journey starts with one little first step. The journey to a new Nigeria after over half a century of independence must consciously and collectively begin.