Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday urged religious organisations, particularly the Christian faithful to fervently pray and fast for Nigeria as the country inches closer to the 2015 general elections.
Chief Obasanjo spoke when the National President of the Pentecostal Federation of Nigeria (PFN), Revd Felix Omobude, visited him at his Hilltop mansion in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The former President, who described Nigeria as God’s project which existence is by His making, said it is only God that appoints leaders for a country notwithstanding the political scheming and campaign promises.
Making a veil reference to the dark days of the despotic military regime of the late Gen. Sanni Abacha, Obasanjo said nobody had ever thought that the likes of late Abacha could become a leader in Nigeria.
He, however, stressed that God would see Nigeria through her current political challenges.
Obasanjo said: “I always say that I am an incurable optimist about this country.
If there is anything that I would ask of you, it is that you should never stop fasting and praying for Nigeria.
“My short span of life has seen a few unexpected things in this country when we thought that the end would just happen, but God made us to scale through.
“I personally never thought we would have a leader like the late Sanni Abacha in this country.
I was a victim, but God saw us through that situation. “There is not situation we see or worry about that God will not see us through. That is my belief and that is what gives me confidence.
It gives me courage; it gives me the ability to work for the country’s unity. “No matter what is happening, all will be well. And those of you who believe all will be well for Nigeria should continue to shout Hallelujah. God has done it for us”.
Responding, Revd Omobude described Obasanjo as a special treasure to Nigeria who would continue to be relevant in the country’s affairs. Omobude, however, assured that PFN would not relent to pray for the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria.