A renowned cleric, Arch Bishop (Dr) Julius Ediwe, has asked Nigerians to accept the outcome of the February 23 presidential election, noting that all those questioning President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘divine’ victory are challenging God’s authority.
Ediwe stated this on the second day of the ongoing Inter-Faith Clerics organized by the National Inter-Faith and Religious Organizations for Peace (NIFROP), for the celebration of President Buhari’s victory held yesterday at the Unity Fountain, Abuja.
He urged critics not to oppose God’s choice but pray for the president. He said:
“I won’t say I am surprised at the composition of the audience here. I would instead say I am moved to tears so much that I asked myself, could this be happening in Nigeria? Could a gathering a people from different faiths praying for a common goal happen here in Nigeria?” he asked.
“God is indeed faithful to his word and his people. When it was declared here some months ago that the Lord revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari would emerge victorious at the polls, many doubted us and called us all sort of names. But we preserved.
“I, therefore, ask today been the 2nd day of the Thanksgiving and Salat Al-Shakur service that are we not sharing in the kingdom of light? In the same vein, in Surah Al-Baqara, 153, it is stated that “O ye who believe! seek help with patient perseverance and prayer; for Allah is with those who patiently persevere.
“What does this tell us? It merely tells us on the oneness of God, and that was why we have been able to assemble here together and united in one voice, spirit, body and soul.
“Brothers and Sisters, let me make it clear here about statements coming from some supposed men of God describing the elections as rigged and not in the interest of the people. I am taken aback with such a statement, and in my capacity as the Provost of the South-South College of Bishops, I abhor such statement because God is not a man that he should lie. Those questioning Buhari’s victory are challenging God’s authority.
“My brothers and sisters, I stand before you as a servant of God to say that God is indeed on the throne and for those that think otherwise should have a rethink. I say this with all authority that President Muhammadu Buhari is indeed Gods choice for Nigeria because I prayed and heard him clearly when he stated that Buhari is the chosen one to take Nigeria to greatness.”