The Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has predicted Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will postpone the 2023 election date as a result of insecurity in most parts of the country.
The cleric made the prediction in a statement signed by his media aide, Osho Oluwatosin, while reacting to the lingering insecurity in the country, the indefinite strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the harsh economic condition of the country.
He berated the government for abandoning the citizens by failing to address the issue of insecurity despite the fact that it has been happening for years.
Primate Ayodele expressed sadness at the latest development where religious houses are being attacked with churches and mosques putting security in place both physically and spiritually.
He made it known that the CAN chairman should have called a meeting to address stakeholders in Christendom on security because the government isn’t capable anymore.
He further revealed that he doesn’t see election holding in Nigeria on the date set by INEC because it will be postponed due to insecurity in most parts of the country.
‘’Our security situation is going to be alarming because the security network is weak and the government has not taken steps to address it. Nowhere is safe in Nigeria as we speak, attackers have been penetrating churches, abducting pastors, it’s sad.
‘’Christians should brace up to put security in place both physically and spiritually because this government will not be able to handle the issue till 2023. The security situation of the country will also affect the elections in 2023, the date will be shifted again due to the security crisis that will be facing the country,‘’ the statement stated.
Primate Ayodele called on the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, to call a meeting of all stakeholders in Christendom to address security issues in churches.
On the issue of ASUU strike, Primate Ayodele expressed his disappointment in the government for not handling the issue with top priority. He stated that the strike is affecting the economy of Nigeria negatively while asking the government to the lecturers what they are requesting for because they deserve it.
On the Nigerian economy, Primate Ayodele asserted that it will continue to somersault because the government has not done the needful. He revealed that more banks will merge as a result of the harsh economy and that Nigeria will face inflation.
‘’The economy of Nigeria will continue to somersault, I had warned that some banks will be unhealthy, this is already happening with some banks consolidating, more of this will come due to the harsh economic condition of the country. Even CBN will have issues as a result of the economic condition. ‘’
‘’By August-September, there will be an increment in food prices Nigeria is still going to face inflation, energy tariff will increase, salaries will not be enough to purchase things.
He warned the ruling party may lose its vote in 2023 if it fails to.address these issues before 2023.
“If things continue this way, the victory of the ruling party will be affected in 2023, people will vote against them massively.’’