Bishop Ayo Oritsejafor held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential villa recently.
Ayo Oritsejafor is the founding and Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, located in Warri, southern Nigeria, and is currently the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). He is also the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
He held the meeting alongside members of the National Peace Committee for the 2015 general Elections.
According to PUNCH, those present at the meeting include former Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar (rtd.), Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’Ad Abubakar III; the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh; Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan; a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mrs. Priscilla Kuye; and Senator Ben Obi among others.
The meeting is aimed at ensuring a smooth transition into a new government. The meeting is also aimed at reconciling warring parties as a result of the elections.
Bishop Matthew Kukah, a member of the committee said the meeting was a very essential one.When asked the aim of the commitee, Bishop Kukah had this to say:
This is not an intervention, it is a hearing out process. When we just had an election; it was like a wedding. But now is the reality of government – now the marriage and people need to be encouraged. We need to reaffirm that this is our country and the only thing we can collectively be opposed to is injustice, iniquity, corruption and in that regard we all had one single conversation.
The President has also reaffirmed the need for this committee to continue, and the international community has very much welcomed the contributions of the committee. Essentially we are not policing, but when the need arises, we help to build confidence in the process.