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Only prayers can prevent violence during general elections - Cleric

- Reverend Abraham Okunade urged Nigerians to pray for a free, fair election

- The chaplain of Gray International College said only prayers could prevent violence

- The religious cleric urged all stakeholders to support INEC

Reverend Abraham Okunade who is the chaplain of Gray International College, Osogbo in Osun has called on Nigerians to pray for free, fair and credible elections come February 16 and March 2.

Okunade made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, January 11 in Osogbo.

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He said the present situation in the country necessitated the prayer for the peaceful conduct of the general elections.

According to him, only fervent prayers of the righteous would help prevent any form of violence or distractions.

He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the preparations made so far to ensure that the elections are successful.

He called on all relevant stakeholders to support the electoral umpire towards achieving peaceful and free elections.

“I want to appeal to security personnel, journalists, academicians, corps members among others who would play key roles in the coming elections to kindly support the electoral umpire in achieving credible and peaceful elections,’’ Okunade said.

He equally appealed to various political parties to take the outcome of the general elections in good faith, adding that politics was not a do or die affair.

Meanwhile, the minister for environment, Alhaji Sulaiman Hassan, said on Thursday, January 10, expressed optimism that the people of Gombe state would vote massively for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming general elections.

Hassan gave the assurance in Kaltungo town of Kaltungo local government Area of Gombe state during the flag -off of the APC campaign, state chapter.

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“I am assuring Mr President that APC will sweep positions at all levels through fair and credible elections in the state

“The crowd you have seen are true reflection of what will be obtainable during the general elections.

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