With few days to the February 16th Presidential and National Assembly elections, the Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Most Reverend Jude Arogundade has charged electorate to be prayerful before casting their votes on Saturday in order to avoid electing wrong candidates.
Bishop Arogundade who gave the charge at the annual Oke Maria Pilgrimage in Oka – Akoko in Akoko South West local government area of Ondo State noted that the citizens are faced with the responsibility of choosing civil leaders.
According to the Catholic Bishop, God should intervene and help the electorate choose leaders who will strive and work for good governance and for the common good of the country, adding that Nigeria does not deserve to be in chaos.
“On Saturday, take your voters card and go down on your knees and beg God not to let you make mistake in your choice of the right leaders for Nigeria.
“Tell God I do not want to make mistake. Let me be sincere in choosing those who will lift up and preserve the dignity of all citizens of this country.
“We are at the verge of so many dangers that must be challenged and matched with faith, courage and truth.
“Nigeria must no longer be a country of the faint-hearted, but of the strong and the courageous.
“Let us show strength through courage. If history teaches anything, it teaches that self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.”
The Clergyman also emphasized that with prayers as well as all the creative energy of Nigerians, everyone should begin an era of national renewal.
“Let us renew our determination, our courage and our strength. Like the faith and courage of Mary and all the saints of our faith who beat all odds to become victorious over evil and sin.
“The ultimate determinant in the struggle that’s now going on in the world will not be bombs and rockets, but a test of will and ideal, a trial of spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the belief we cherish, and the ideals to which we are dedicated.
“With Mary our Mother, we will succeed,” the Bishop stated.