By Hassan Zaggi
As the general elections draw nearer, politicians have been advised to accept the outcome of the elections in good faith in order to allow peace to reign in the country.
The Chairperson of the Women and Children Department of the Organisation of Africa Institute Churches (OAIC), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter, Senior Mother-in faith, Ifeanyichukwu Aina, gave the advice at the first convention of the organisation in Abuja, weekend.
The two- day convention with the theme: ‘Peace and unity’ provided the women the opportunity to share concerns, hope and aspirations to enable churches minister effectively to the needs of their members and communities.
While describing peace as the absence of direct violence, war, fear and conflict at individuals, national, regional and international levels, the women leader insisted that for peace and unity to be achieved in any nation, stakeholders, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the general populace, especially women, must play their roles effectively.
She further called on politicians to embrace peace, shun violence and imbibe the values of tolerance for the sustenance of Nigeria’s democracy.
The cleric however, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to ensure transparent, fair and credible elections that will be accepted by all including international bodies.
She, therefore, called on women to come out enmass and vote for candidates of their choice, admonishing them to “live exemplary Christian lives, re-examine yourselves and purge yourselves of various societal vices that war against the godliness and spiritual virtues that affect your lives.”
On her part, while addressing the women, the chairperson of the Women Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Deaconess Victoria Bola, charged the women to take the lead in propagating the message that attaining global peace is doable and is a possibility.
While harping for unity, Deaconess Bola said: “I beg you all and every Nigerian home and abroad to not be consumed by our petty differences, let us forget tribal and religious quarrels as they only lead to loss of lives and resources as they serve to weaken us and make us despised abroad.”