By Idris Olukoya
Epe – A cleric, Mr Akiyele Akindejoye, on Monday urged Nigerians, especially youths and Christian faithful to maintain peaceful coexistence for national prosperity.
Akindejoye gave the advice during the valedictory thanksgiving celebration and awards, organised by Pentecostal fellowship of Nigeria, Epe-Lekki province, in Epe, Lagos state.
Akindejoye, also the outgoing Chairman of the province, said that the advice became necessary because of the forthcoming 2019 general elections, and need to avert violence and rancour.
“My advice is for the youth to work collectively for the general interest and avoid being used by politicians for thuggery and violence.
“I pray the nation record violent free election and for our youths to embrace peace and stability.
“This is the best time to start campaigning to our youths to shun social vices and other ungodly attitudes in the society,” he said.
According to him, the young people have a vital role to play in the coming general elections to maintain Nigeria peace and development.
“Nigeria youths need to work together, no matter which political party each of them represent. The decision of youths must be for national interest and societal development.
“The role of youths in sustaining peace in the country cannot be overemphasised,” he said.
In the same vein, Mr David Akinola, a senior cleric, said that there was need for young people to contribute to the country’s transition by avoiding things that would lead to violence.
“I believe many things will be happening in the coming general elections, but it is our responsibility as men of God to preach to our members and youths to maintain peaceful conduct.
Earlier, Mr Sanni Damilola, another cleric, applauded the outgoing executive members of the Pentecostal fellowship Church of Nigeria, Epe province, for their meritorious services to God house.
He commended their efforts and prayers in stabilising and maintaining peace in the house of God and in the society.
Sanni commended Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State for ensuring peace, religious harmony and infrastructure development across the state, most especially in Epe.