As reactions continue to trail the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, wife of the presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Mrs. Jennifer Douglas Abubakar, on Saturday, led thousands of Delta state women to pray for peace and unity in Nigeria.
Justice Onnoghen was on Friday, suspended by President Muhammad Buhari, following a letter of recommendation from the Code of Conduct Tribunal, over alleged non declaration of assets; the move, which had been condemned by the civil society groups, the European Union and opinion leaders.
Mrs. Abubakar, while praying for the oneness of the nation and peaceful general elections in Asaba, said, the country could not afford to go to war, despite all provocative tendencies of the presidency.
She urged the women to rise up in defence of the Nigeria’s democracy through prayers and balloting, come February 16.
Her words, “It is not an easy journey. They will try to derail us. They will try to make us afraid, they will try to confuse us. We should not be afraid. God is our guiding light, He will show us the way.
“Whatever our religion is, either Christian or Muslim, we need to pray for our nation. We need to pray for our nation because, somebody’s blood has been spit. We need to pray because our nation is about to fall apart, we need to pray to God to hold it together. We need to pray for the future of our children, we need to pray for the future of Nigeria.
“We do not want a war, we can’t afford to go to war. We want to be together, I’m crying to my Lord, we need to pray to God.
“Women you need to come out February 16 and vote. We need to vote. Your vote is important, without your vote, we cannot go to the promised land. You need to bring out your children, you need to bring out your husbands, sisters and relatives”.
Mrs. Abubakar, while eulogising the steadfastness of the wife of Delta state Governor, Dame Mrs. Edith Okowa, also appreciated the women for turning out in their numbers, saying, “even in our confused state, you were still steadfast, I thank you very much”.
On her part, wife of the vice presidential candidate, Mrs. Margaret Obi, explained why the scheduled town hall meeting for the women in Delta state was at half mast, saying PDP had earlier canceled all planned activities, in solidarity for the dying democracy.
Wife of Delta Governor, Mrs. Okowa, in her remarks, said the women in Delta state would not be deterred by the antics and highhandedness of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), adding that, ” everything has been committed to God’s hands” and mobilization of women would continue all over the state.
In a spirit-filled atmosphere, Pastor Mrs. Ene Secondus, wife of the PDP national chairman, led the entire gathering in a prayer of intercession, for God to takeover the affairs of the country.