Publish date: 2022-07-03 23:59:35 | Author: Segun Adewole | Source: punchng.com
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party and former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has urged his supporters to be tolerant of the views of others and also learn from them.
His statement, which was shared on his official Twitter handle on Sunday, came a day after the Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, Poju Oyemade, was attacked on the same platform for expressing his views.
Oyemade, in a now-deleted post, had advised against acting based on blind faith, especially when preparation was short.
He added, “Without having real evidence upon which you are acting nor preparation for the task, recognising real obstacles that lie ahead and making concrete plans, one is just being delusional about the outcome.
“The enthusiasm of the youth must not be wasted on poorly planned projects.”
His post was seen by many of Obi’s supporters as an attack on the movement of their preferred candidate that had been criticised as having no structure.
The supporters, who are mostly youths, took to Twitter to call out the clergyman, with many questioning his calling as a pastor.
In an apparent reaction, Obi cautioned them and urged them to express themselves in ways that will earn the support and collaboration of others.
He said, “I sincerely thank my supporters for believing in me and my commitment to building a united, secure and well-functioning Nigeria. However, I appeal once more that we should be tolerant of other people’s views, dissent and divergent opinions and possibly learn from them.
“While the frustration and anger in the country are understandable, we must strive to channel that energy positively in ways that will earn the support and collaboration of others.
“Even as our message continues to gain broad acceptance, there are some we still need to work to convince. In expressing ourselves, we should do so with grace so as not to precipitately shut doors to future collaborations on sustainable nation-building.”