From Mokwugwo Solomon, Awka
Anambra Indigenous Pentecostal Ministers Association (AIPMA), an umbrella body of all pentecostal ministers in Anambra State, has stated that Nigeria is seriously sick, and requires immediate intervention to salvage it.
The group says the country has since lost its glory; and that the country and its people have never been so divided, lopsided, disunited and unsafe in its journey of nationhood, as it is presently.
This is contained in a communiqué issued by the group on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at an International Prayer Conference held in Oraukwu, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
The communiqué was signed by the group’s chairman, Archbishop Mayor Mike Chukwudum; and secretary, Rev Dr Chukwuemeka Okafor.
The association urged the governments and the country’s political leaders to rise up to the challenge to prevent the country from drifting further into a perilous state.
It says that Nigeria has sadly become one of the most terrorized states, which, according to them, caused majority of its citizens to lose faith in the country and its government.
It called on the government to rise up to the occasion by recognizing the urgent need to rejig the country’s security architecture, to protect its citizens.
“It is no longer safe to travel to any part of the country. It is equally no longer safe at home, schools, hospitals, markets and work places. Criminality, kidnapping, banditry, and all manner of blood wastage are booming to the detriment of the lives of innocent Nigerians,” the communiqué added.
On the 2023 general elections, the group stressed that all hands must be on deck to ensure that “righteous” people are put in authorities, advising the electorate not to repeat the mistake of putting the “unrighteous” in authorities.
While urging Nigerians to avoid indulging in any form of electoral malpractices like selling of their PVCs, the group specifically called on women and youths to understand that their futures are in their votes; just as they urged INEC not to indulge in anything that would jeopardize the future of Nigerians through their actions and inactions.
The association, while also emphasizing the importance of prayers in the life of a Christian, called on all to earnestly seek God in prayers, in order to obtain mercy in their personal lives, national politics, economy, and institutions; etc.
The group, as well, enjoined church leaders, traditional institutions, etc to get involved in politics.