Nigerians have been urged to allow the ethno-religious differences among them to strengthen and unite the country, rather than allow them to divide them.
They were also urged to continue to show more love and understanding to one another among the various ethnic and religious groups in the country especially as the nation prepares for another round of general elections next year.
These calls were made, on Tuesday, by Rev. Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi, Founder of Love of Christ Generation C&S Church, London on her conferment of the award by all white garment churches in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.
Rev. Mother Ajayi, who also challenged Nigerians to use the coming general elections in 2019 to further unite the country by ensuring that they allow their self convictions to determine the choice of their candidates, also implored religious leaders not to turn religious assembly to preach ethnicity and religious disharmony among their congregations.
Her words, “What we are here today is really to celebrate oneness among all white garment churches.
It is in the same vein that we want unity to continue to radiate among Nigerians.
“As the 2019 general elections approaches, I urge Nigerians not to allow their ethnic and religious differences to influence their voting pattern, but to cast their ballot for someone with the fear of God and one who is ready to assuage their sufferings.”
In his remarks at the event, Supreme Head of the Cherubim & Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria, His Most Eminence Prophet Dr. Solomon Alao, also tasked Nigerians to urgently go collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and vote for the candidates of their choices at the local, state and national levels.
Prophet Alao also condemned attempts by some politicians to divide the people of the country along religious and ethnic lines, urging Nigerians not to be used by “corrupt politicians who always want to play on their (Nigerians)’s intelligence especially when elections are coming.”
Alao, who said all candidates in the country are his candidates challenges members of his church to vote for whomever they were convinced will be a better choice among all candidates seeking elective offices in all the tiers of government.
In his sermon, Elder Isaac Bello, used the occasion to appeal to political leaders in the country to always make the yearnings of the masses a priority in their dealings with the people that voted for them during elections.