Mr Godson Okoye, the Presidential Candidate of United Democratic Party (UDP), has urged Nigerians to pray for peace and better Nigeria as they celebrate the commencement of 2015.
Okoye, who is also the National Chairman of the party, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
He also urged the citizens to pray that God should ensure that only candidates who believe in the development of the country emerge winners in 2015 general elections.
Okoye, a lawyer, said for the country to develop, people with genuine interests who have their investments and family members in Nigeria must be elected at various elective positions.
“The holy book says, `for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’
“Where you have your children and your investment is where your heart is. We need people who are committed to the development of the country.
“By the time the people that believe in Nigeria rule, Nigeria will become the great country it is destined to be,’’ he said.
He also advised politicians to place the country’s interest above their personal interests as they continue their electioneering activities ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Okoye said that national interest and peace of the country should be permanent and sacrosanct in the hearts of politicians irrespective of their political parties.
According to him, this is because the country is bigger than any individual and his or personal interest.
“It is not about who win but about the interest of Nigeria.
“It only when there is Nigeria that you can say you want to be president, governor of a state or senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“If there is no Federal Republic of Nigeria, how do you achieve your interest? Will you become the senator of the kindred you acquired or belong to?
“So, national interest should be sacrosanct and be respected at all times,’’ Okoye said.