editorialBy Ajibola Abayomi
Spiritual leader and founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Lagos, Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele, has urged politicians to stop playing God in order to save democracy in the country.
He made the comment on Friday while assessing the state of the nation.
The cleric, who had predicted the involvement of other countries in the fight against insurgence in Nigeria, in 2013, said: "The simple step politicians are shying away from with arrogance is what is haunting the nation. No amount of foreign intervention will stop Boko Haram except government seeks genuine spiritual solution to weaken the power of the group. Let the politicians be careful and avoid things that can derail this democracy.
"They are pushing far already. Politicians fighting in Edo and other states should be careful otherwise they would have themselves to blame soon.
"In a December 2013, Saturday Independent edition, we had predicted bombing of public facilities like shopping mall and others. I symphatise with the victims of the recent bomb blast in Abuja. May God accept their souls. If politicians in power like the President Goodluck Jonathan and governors had listened to us on spiritual cleansing, things would have been different.
"People in government should not think they are extraordinary. The masses are suffering today majorly because some of the leaders think they are above God. We have sent divine revelation across to them but their hearts are as hard as rock.
"We have warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) that they will lose some states during governorship election since last years. Ekiti State governorship poll is just the beginning. However, the situation is salvageable if the party's hierarchy and governors hearken to the voice of God.
"I was in Ekiti State for a crusade last year and we saw the PDP's victory coming. We warned the APC leaders but we were not taken serious. Oyo and Ogun states governors should not rely on their performance alone for electoral victory in 2015. They should seek the face of God. The APC will face serious political challenges in those states. I could see someone with narrow victory in Ogun 2015 governorship race," Ayodele said.