Rev. Yakubu Pam, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), has urged political parties to accept results of the 2023 general elections and refrain from actions that could trigger violence.
He made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja ahead of the general elections commencing Saturday, Feb. 25.
Pam urged candidates or political parties disatisfied with election outcome to pursue their case in courts instead of taking the law into their hands.
“We must remember that the world’s eyes will be on Nigerians; what happens here will send a very strong signal to the world about our readiness to grow as a nation.
“I am advising Nigerians to know that the hour has come for us to behave in a matured manner.
“Let us remember that leaders that will lead us are not regional leaders, ethnic leaders or religious leaders; we need a leader with a heart that will lead us regardless of our background, whether you are from the south or north.
“A leader that will look at you as a Nigerian first, and a leader that will hear the cry of the needy and the poor, leaders that will look at our major challenges in terms of insecurity and in terms of economy.
“The greatest of them all, is a leader that will work to unite us, finding common grounds that make us one in whatever we are doing as a country,” he said.
The executive secretary further said that Nigerians should bear in mind that the will of God would prevail.
“Whatever we are doing now, the will of God is bigger than everyone, at the end, whoever emerges, we should rally round the person to make sure we have a new Nigeria.
“As we move toward installing a new administration, we must make sure that we have our country standing and to work together with the person,” he added