Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, yesterday got the backing of 1,000 clerics from the 36 States of the country to become the next president to succeed Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
The clerics comprise bishops, archbishops and imams. They converged at Unity Fountain Abuja, where they offered intercessory prayers for Bello to emerge as President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023.
Speaking at the gathering, the Convener, ‘1,000 Clerics Pray for Yahaya Bello Presidency’, Bishop Praise Moses, referred to Governor Bello as the biblical David to lead Nigeria in 2023.
On why they are drumming support for the Kogi State governor, Moses said, “We are beseeching God Almighty to take total control of the process of the emergence of the next leader of Nigeria. We have always sought the best leader for the country.
“In 2015, we beseeched the throne of the Most High God to give us a credible leader. He listened and granted our hearts desires in President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We thank God Almighty for granting these prayers. Today, we are back again to seek His face as we approach another auspicious time in our leadership recruitment process.
“The over 1,000 clergymen and other brethren in the Lord who assembled in this conclave are here to pray and fast for the emergence of an ideal leader for Nigeria in 2023″.
Also speaking, Sheik Mahmoud Abubakar, called on Nigerians to pray for Bello as he pursues his presidential ambition.
According to Abubakar, “If we must admit, it is that time of the year again, when all sorts of promises are made in the quest to gain favours from the electorate. They will also come with empty promises to deceive the people and once they get what they want, they leave the people in misery.
“I can tell you all that our convergence here is not for the cameras, but an avenue to render prayers for one of the most patriotic Nigerians in the person of Governor Yahaya Bello, who has signified interest to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
“We trust Governor Yahaya Bello to lead Nigeria in the right direction. We send our prayers on his behalf to Allah SWT. We are grateful. We are happy and we pray that once again, we shall all come back to this ground in the company of President Yahaya Bello to return all the glory and thanks to Allah SWT for all his grace and mercies”.