August 9, 2022

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2023 presidency, CAN and the Obi phenomenon


EMEKA NZE on this piece examines the phenomenon of the presidential candidate of the Labour Celebration (LP), Mr Peter Obi, who in two appearances final week on the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) and Dunamis Church Worldwide Abuja turned the ‘starboy’ amongst the group of politicians

Newest revelation

The revelation of the 2023 basic election lies within the newest discovery by Nigerians of Mr Peter Obi the presidential candidate of the Labour Celebration (LP) whose fireplace of recognition, like a conflagration, is submerging each nook and cranny of the nation.

Extra startling is the momentum the Obi phenomenon is gaining by the day amongst Nigerians at house and overseas in addition to amongst foreigners who liken Obi to the ex- President of the US Barak Obama who took the world by the storm when he campaigned for America’s president in opposition to mounting cynicism. 

This was buttressed by a Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, in a viral video on social media, throughout a gathering along with his celebration trustworthy, when he mentioned the Obi fireplace has caught up with each family as youths these days bear the slogan of ‘Obidient’ to point an Obi compliant or supporter.

Why Obi’s newest recognition?

What’s, nevertheless, baffling to many Nigerians is that Obi just isn’t a stranger to the Nigeria’s political horizon having been governor of Anambra state for eight years underneath the platform of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). In 2019.

It was this similar Obi who was the runningmate to Atiku Abubakar underneath PDP and didn’t galvanise sufficient votes to ensure victory for his or her celebration.

The questions many Nigerians proceed to ask is why the sudden progress in his recognition and acceptance? Why the sudden perspective change of Nigerians in the direction of Obi who has turn out to be an idol determine that some individuals craves to behold, contact and revere in such an unprecedented method?

The Dunamis Church episode

Take the case of final Friday’s go to to the Dunamis Church Worldwide in Abuja. The members’ euphoria and hysteria that heralded Obi’s welcome turned very palpable in sharp distinction to people who greeted serving authorities functionaries additionally in attendance at that night church programme.

With dignitaries like governor of Akwa Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel, First Woman of Delta state, Edith Okowa, one would have thought Obi can be misplaced within the crowd, alas he once more turned the cynosure.

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The thrill and ovation  reached a zenith when the moderator and spouse of the Common Overseer of the church, Mrs Enenche who launched Obi not because the presidential candidate however as the previous governor of Anambra state, but the group turned so uncontrollable that she needed to skilfully undertake different kinds to attenuate the frenzy.

On the event, when ultimately Pastor Enenche referred to as out the three main dignitaries who he mentioned represented Nigeria’s political management: Udom, Spouse of Okowa, after which Peter Obi, the group once more erupted into one other frenzy of exclamations on the point out of Obi.

With Nigeria’s flags within the palms of the trio, Enenche mentioned, “The importance and symbolism of that is that the nation can not go down, Nigeria can not go down.”

The host pastor gave them temporary second to individually pray for the nation. For Mrs Okowa, “It’s nicely with Nigeria, Nigeria won’t ever go down, Solely you Lord will do that,” she prayed. 

Mr Udom Emmanuel prayed: “I declare henceforth, Nigeria is liberated, Nigeria is rescued, Nigeria is restored to the Glory of You God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.”

It was the flip of Obi to wish and the frenzy and ecstacy from the group continued as soon as once more. When it lastly died down, he mentioned, “God, now we have no different nation, besides this one, God ship us, God rescue us, God liberate us. We have now no different nation, God ship us -Amen”

At CAN’s twelfth Common Meeting and management transition 

On the valedictory session of the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) organised by the quick previous President Dr Samson Ayokunle, it was a potpourri of dignitaries and Christian fateful who gathered in honour of ex-CAN president, however the consideration and ovation shifted to Obi.

Each the outgoing and incoming presidents of CAN, the federal government functionaries led by Mr Boss Mustapha, Governors Samuel Ortom and Prof Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, a presidential working mate to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) in addition to the Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Celebration (SDP) couldn’t get half of the thunderous ovation and accolades accorded to Obi.

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Within the magnificent extremely trendy auditorium of the Nationwide Christian Centre the place the occasion held, any point out of Obi intermittently punctuated the programme with deafening applauds not less than for upward of three minutes earlier than the speaker or announcer would be capable to discover his voice once more. 

When ultimately the dignitaries had been allowed to talk, they did uninterruptedly because the individuals listened with rapt consideration however throughout Obi’s flip the applause once more turned uncontrollable. 

Mustapha who represented the federal authorities on the valedictory session congratulated the brand new management led by Reverend Daniel Okoh whereas hailing the outgoing management for a peaceable transition.  

“You’ve got demonstrated that with Godly management, we will have a peaceable nation, we will have a peaceable affiliation, and by the point of transition of management, it may be achieved, it occurred with out rancour, with out bitterness.

“One of many best qualities of a godly chief is to work in pursuit of peace and reconcilation. 

“Within the days of previous, the church is a custodian of knowledge and information, the custodian of course. My prayer, even in instances like this, is that the church ought to return to its main duty of praying for the nation, of giving course to the nation. I see an excellent church rising from the ashes of what’s occurring on this nation.

“Oh Lord elevate for us a prophet of  whom we’d come and enquire of the issues of the nation, he prayed.

Additionally talking, Governor of Delta state Prof Ifeanyi Okowa additionally mentioned the church has a task to wish for the nation, including that so much wanted to be achieved by the church by way of prayers given the forthcoming basic elections within the nation.

He, nevertheless, mentioned, “As we transfer to the subsequent few weeks, there’s so much to be achieved. The lord alone will resolve what would occur on this nation.” 

Governor of Benue state, Mr Samuel Ortom urged the church “to stand up and work in the direction of unity.”

He, nevertheless, praised CAN for not letting itself be intimidated by insecurity pervading the land, urging the church to not be dismayed as those that dwell by the sword would additionally perish by the sword.

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Prince Adewole Adebayo of the Social Democratic celebration (SDP), 

in his remarks, urged Christians to wish for the unity and peace of the church and that of the nation, stating the unity of the church wouldn’t be full till there’s unity within the nation.

“It’s because the Church of Christ just isn’t one facet of Nigeria. It’s not an opposition. It’s a blessing to all Nigerians.

“The Church of Christ is the explanation why Nigeria will likely be saved. The blessings go to all Nigerians, each Christians and non-Christians,” Adebayo mentioned.

He additionally suggested that as Nigeria goes into 2023 basic elections church leaders ought to proceed to stay instrument within the palms of God and never within the palms of those that had been enjoying politics.

He additionally suggested clerics to wish for the desire of God and never concentrating on predictions relating to the 2023 elections.

He mentioned God has surprising plan for Nigeria simply as He introduced out surprising David to ship the individuals of Israel from Goliath.

Adebayo suggested CAN to not give a message of Christian versus others, however a message to unite the nation and to provide a message that’s ecumenical, not solely amongst Christians, however amongst different communities Nigeria.

When Obi was given the ground, the applause and shouting ovation was maddening and for over one other 5 minutes, he waited for the viewers to relax, till the moderator made a passionate attraction to the group.

The Labour Celebration (LP) presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, urged Nigerians to recollect the nation in prayers because it embarks on a transition course of to elect new leaders within the subsequent few months.

He urged Nigerians to recollect these in public workplaces and incoming ones in order that they’d use public cash for public good. 

The LP presidential aspirant whereas congratulating the outgoing and new management, recommended the CAN for a easy transition, noting that your complete nation has so much to study from them because it embarks on basic election the subsequent yr.

“Bear in mind your nation in prayers;

keep in mind these in public workplace; these coming into public workplace, to make use of public cash for the individuals,” he mentioned.