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‘Stop prophesying electoral victory at religious gathering’

By Josephine Oguntoyinbo

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As the general elections draw near, religious leaders have been implored to desist from prophesying electoral victory during public religious gatherings.

A cross section of Nigerians who spoke with The Hope said they should rather harp on the need for members of their congregations to vote their conscience during the polls.

According to them, Nigeria is a multi religious country hence should not frequently reel out revelations or predict what can happen in the future but speak on  affairs and social issues that would fastract development.

They described political prophecies as harmful to the society, noting that Nigerians should vote competence.

A politician, Mr Adams Boluwaji said politicians must stop running to prophets during electioneering period, noting that some prophets feel compelled to give favourable prophecies.

A public affairs commentator, Ayoola Tokunbo who tasked religious leaders to dwell on encouraging members to vote their conscience, called on Nigerians to get their PVCs.

He said no amount of prophesies can affect the kind of change they want if they do not vote.

He therefore urged regulatory bodies like the Christian Association of Nigeria and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria to educate members on the need to be very careful on what they say in public so that they do not say things that will cause chaos.

Ondo State Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Father Aslem Ologunwa said that the association is concerned about the peace and prosperity of Nigeria just as he warned against predictions.

Others said politicians should warn their followers against violence and allow the electorate to decide their choice of leaders in government through the ballot boxes.

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