PRAYER FOR UPRIGHT VOTING, ACCURATE COUNTING AND IMPARTIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF ELECTION RESULTS IN NIGERIA
God our Father,
All ruling powers lie within your hands
To you belong just judgements,
Mercy and peace as well
But to us and the rulers of our land
Belong defilement and disgrace.
When you freed us from the stranglehold of military rule
Our hearts were so full of joy
But alas, fighting with guns for rulership
And stealing votes with violence
Continue to plague us
Causing bloodshed and confusion in our land.
Feeding the poor with misery and sadness.
Forgive us, cleanse and cleanse us
Truly without you and left to ourselves
We are just helpless
We therefore fall on our knees seeking thy help
As we begin another round of voting
Remove from us the greed and big-man terrorism
Which destroy upright guidelines
And laws that ought to regulate elections
Keep also far from us
The kill, crush and loot behaviour
That has been the bane of voting in Nigeria.
Put your own spirit,
The spirit of truth and peace within us all –
The INEC organizers of the elections, the candidates
Seeking for votes, the voters themselves, those who count and record the votes,
And the eventual announcers of the election results.
Help us to see something new happen in our land
Nigeria, namely: upright voting, accurate counting,
Impartial and just announcement of election results
Without any problems and without any confusion.
All these we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Have Mercy On Us! (3 times)
Composed by His Grace Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese
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