PRAYER FOR UPRIGHT VOTING

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.

 

Gracious Father,

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

 

Merciful Father,

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.

 

Dear Father,

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

December, 2006.

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