By Magnus Effiong
As the 2023 elections draw closer with uncertainty hovering menacingly on the political horizon of the country, a Calabar-based Pentecostal Church, Christian Central Chapel Int’l (CCCI), has staged a prayer and fitness walk to pray against violence during the elections.
Pillar Today reports that the prayers centered not only on a peaceful conduct of the polls but for God to give Nigeria right leaders who would take the country to another height of socio-economic development.
The Presiding Bishop of the Church and National Publicity Secretary of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Bishop Emmah Gospel Isong, who spoke to Journalists on the reasons for the exercise, said “we are using this prayer and fitness walk to ask for God’s intervention in Nigeria as we all prepare for another round of very critical election in our history.”
The PFN Chieftain said many things have been said about the elections which had contributed to the high level of fears amongst many Nigerians, but assured that God would use the prayers of His people to turn things around for the good of the country.
“Today is a public holiday to mark democracy day so we decided to use this opportunity to bring people together not only to exercise their bodies but to pray for our country Nigeria because we have no other except this one.
“We use this opportunity to also appeal to our members and indeed all Nigerians to get their permanent voters cards ready for a serious business next year. It is not enough to sit down and complain about things not going the way it should be. We must be involved fully with our PVCs as our bargaining power.
“I am saying that all Nigerians should regard this PVC issue as a top priority because we will use it to determine what we want; we will use it to vote out those we know cannot offer this country anything good. We should no more be taken for granted by some greedy politicians.
“We should no more mortgage our future and that of our children with peanuts and cups of rice from politicians who do not mean well for our country. We should stop selling our PVCs,” Isong, who spoke through Minister (Mrs) Silo Ekpenyong, stated.
Pillar Today reports that after members had gone through enterprising bodily exercise techniques led by Coach Catherine Ekuta, they were given pep talks on security, health and importance of bodily exercise for physical and mental well-being of man.