Worried by several predictions of doom for corrupt political office holders, Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF), Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, has called on Christians to pray to God to avert calamities for political leaders.
He said the prayers were necessary to avert any doom and to enable officials to deliver dividends of democracy to the people who voted them to power.
Amaechi made the plea while declaring open the Global Mega Prayer Quake 2013 in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
He said there was no need for men of God to predict danger for political office holders voted into office by the people, and saddled with the responsibility to discharge good governance and accountable stewardship.
"Pray that God should do something new in our lives and also keep governors alive to lead the people, because I have read in the papers where men of God prophesied that two governors will die this year, but I tell you, if Nigerians know what governors are fighting for the people to improve their welfare, nobody will pray that governors should die, so we need your prayers for governors to live, so that God will reward you through his blessings," Amaechi said.
Amaechi also urged Christians and men of God to join hands with leaders of the current political dispensation to eradicate corruption, which he said, has eaten deep into the fabric of the Nigerian society.
"We must all join hands to eradicate corruption. Why should pastors accept corrupt political office holders into the church of God, without even asking where the public servant amassed such wealth, which would have been used to develop the well being of the people?" Amaechi queried.
"We should know that the inability of government to procure medical equipments for the sick would lead to high death rate. There are also people who die due to pipe born water diseases. But God is watching us; we shall give account of our stewardship to the people," he said.
He advised pastors and men of God to always reject gifts from corrupt political office holders and charged them to give exhortation that would enable political office holders give effective and efficient service delivery to the people.
"If pastors refuse to accept gifts from corrupt political office holders and also refuse to give front seats in their churches; that is the time we will experience service delivery to the people, and God will hear your prayers as men of God," Amaechi said.
While recounting his experience before he became governor of Rivers State in 2007, Amaechi said, he is the only governor that was ushered into office without election, but by the Supreme Court judgment of October 25, 2007, which he described as the handiwork of God.
"I believe God, because I have knelt down and prayed to God and observed results. From February to October, 2007 I entered into fasting, and even obtained favour through financial break through to sponsor my case in court. I had no money to give to my lawyers, but somebody paid N200 million into my account, and I was able to pay my lawyers. So, the miracle is that, I am the only governor that came to power without election in 2007. God used me to tell the world that He is God," Amaechi said.