By Junior Otabono
Renowned cleric and shepherd in charge of Ibadan-based Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Bishop Francis Wale Oke has called on the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari to see himself as the father of the nation once he assumes office.
The cleric, who hailed Buhari’s fighting spirit, described the victory of the APC candidate in the last election as God’s appointed time.
In a recent interview, the soft-spoken cleric also hailed President Jonathan for saving Nigerian from calamity by accepting the outcome of the election.
He described the outgoing president as man of the contest.
His words, “First, I must congratulate Nigeria (as a country) for proving the world wrong. I must also congratulate Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for taking that bold step by conceding defeat without pushing further. I must confess that action alone saved Nigeria from disaster and calamity.Because before the election, there was this serious apprehension, the world was expecting the nation to implode. They were waiting for disaster and mayhem but the very opposite happened, courtesy of that call by President Jonathan. I think the election is a case of no victor, no vanquished.”
On what the incoming government should do, Bishop who has spent over three decades in God’s vineyard said Buhari should stamp out curoption from the shores of the country.
Hear him, “talking about what he should do when he assumes power, he should be the father the nation. Nigerians need a man who can bear their burden. He should carry everybody along. I want to assure him that the Christian body is not against his government and will never. We have been praying for him and we will continue to pray for him that God should uphold and give him wisdom on how to govern this nation.
“Secondly, the incoming president should tackle corruption. This has been a serious canker-worm eating deep into our economy. He should wipe out corruption from Nigeria. That should be his primary assignment.
Bishop Oke also called on other politicians to follow the trend by congratulating their opponents after elections.