As Nigeria gears up for another round of general elections come 2015, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday said leaders are pre-ordained by God.
The former president also tasked Christians on the need to keep “fasting and praying” for God to see the country through its sundry challenges.
Speaking at his hilltop mansion in Abeokuta, Ogun State when the leadership of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) led by its national president, Rev. (Dr) Felix Omobude, paid him a courtesy visit, Obasanjo expressed confidence that despite the challenges confronting the country, God would see Nigerians through.
Obasanjo said early in his life as a military man, he had seen the country pass through many turbulent eras and just when everyone had given up hope, God in his benevolence made the country overcome its ups and down.
He said Nigeria is “God’s project” and only divine power has kept her as one indivisible entity despite the experience of war among other challenging problems bedeviling her.
Obasanjo said: “If there is anything that I would ask of you, it is that you should never stop fasting and praying for Nigeria I always say that I’m an incurable optimist about this country.
“In my short span of life, I have 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 (late Sanni) Abacha in this country, I was a victim (of his despotism) but God saw us through that situation.
“There is no situation we see or worry about that God will not see us through. That is my believe 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, as me and the country, 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.”
In his remarks, Omobude, who was on a two-day visit to Ogun, described Obasanjo as a ‘special treasure to Nigeria”, who would continue to be a reference point in the affairs of the country.
The PFN leader assured that the body will not fail in its calling to pray for the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria, adding that one of the major duties of clerics was to pray for the leaders of their countries.