- Chief Kenny Martins reveals a plan for national prayer session ahead of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria
- Martins, a grand patron of Legacy Initiative International, says the group championing Nigeria's political progress already has branches in US, UK and the Middle East
- He speaks about the challenges currently before the Independent National Electoral Commission ahead of 2019
The Legacy Initiative International has revealed that it is currently collaborating with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as well as the Muslim community for a day of national prayer ahead of the 2019 general elections.
This is as the grand patron of Legacy Initiative International, Chief Kenny Martins, also charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to go beyond the standard set by Attahiru Jega when he headed the electoral umpire.
Martins, a former said as it is, the INEC, has a big task ahead of 2019 and it must prove itself to be truly independent.
Speaking when Legacy Iniatitive International, a pan socio-political organization, met with its United Kingdom, Martins maintained that the association had a role to play in leading Nigeria to the right aright and in ensuring effective leadership.
An urgent mandate of the organisation, he said, was the unity of the country through a prayer session that is scheduled in Abuja for December 14.
Martins said subsequently, the organisation plans to ensure that those in the diaspora are able to vote in elections in Nigeria. To achieve his, he said the association was already mobilising a million signatures and getting set to register with INEC, ECOWAS and other international bodies.
The group has already spread to the United States of America and the Middle East, he said at the meeting attended by Legit.ng. It added that its UK branch had applied for Legacy newspaper and television rights to stream related activities.
Concerning the prayer session, he said some leaders in CAN were already reaching out to the 19 northern states where the association is located.
He said politicians from all the political parties in the country are expected to attend the event.
"We are looking forward to a campaign where love would prevail, where hate speech and mudslinging would not be the order of the day," he added.
He also said the organisation was making moves to endorse a presidential and other candidates ahead of the election but that it would look at the policy documents and seriousness of those vying for seats during the exercise.
Olawale Oguntoye, the representative of the organization in the United Kingdom, revealed the Legacy Initiative was formed because of the happenings in Nigeria and the need to plug in and play critical roles in the country's development.
Oguntoye, a retired officer of the Nigerian Army, said citizens of the country abroad yearned to return to Nigeria to help move the country forward, but that many desire a conducive environment to thrive.
On his part, a member of the group from northern part of Nigeria, Abdullahi Babangida, said it was lamentable that politicians in the country have continued to divide the country using religion as a tool.
The victims of this decisive strategy by the politicians, according to him, are mostly the poor.
He emphasised that the north has become the biggest casualty of insecurity adding that it is safer in the south than the region.
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"In the environment, we live in, religion is a very big issue and the wicked people are using it against the country.
"Each time I come to Lagos, I sleep peacefully, but in the north, you are scared even in the market because religious problems might spring up
"Since we now know that religion and tribal sentiments are the major problems, we need to make people in the north aware of this," he said.
It was earlier reported that Samson Ayokunle, the president, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Tuesday, November 13, urged desperate politicians to observe decorum and imbibe spirit of sportsmanship as the 2019 elections drew near.
The CAN president made the call in Bayelsa Government House, when the body paid a courtesy visit to the deputy governor of Bayelsa, retired Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah.
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