Pastor Franklyn Richardson is a Senior Pastor at the Grace Baptist Church, Mount Vernon, New York, but he has taken time out to pray for Nigeria, with regards to the conduct of the nation's general election. 

He pastors one of the largest American churches with people of African and Caribbean descents and he took time to pray for a peaceful outcome of the upcoming general elections in Nigeria.

The pastor also wants Nigerians to realise that the election should be about ensuring that the nation remained calm all through the process and afterwards. 

The postponement of the poll scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 16, 2019 has drawn different reactions and there are still fears that there could be crisis.

This is one of the reasons some persons in the north travelled on Friday. 

It was a church service and a time to commemorate the 2019 Black History Month, but Pastor Richardson highlighted that Nigeria was too important to be drawn into any political crisis.

The cleric, who hosted the Consul General of Nigeria to New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, representing the diplomatic community at the service, said: “We pray for peace in the Nigerian election; we pray that the outcome will be peace”.

He advised that whoever loses the election should accept defeat or challenge the outcome in a peaceful manner.

To Nigerians, he said: "It’s not about who wins, it’s about keeping the calm in the country no matter what.

“And that’s in the best interest of all Nigerians and all Africans in the world that there be peace in Nigeria”.

According to him, Nigeria or any other country in Africa could not afford any political crisis again.

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The News Agency of Nigeria said the Consul-General of Nigeria, Benaoyagha Okoyen, in his remarks at the church service, commended the Nigerians and Africans in the diaspora “for their resilience, determination and ingenuity”.

“In recognising the central roles of Blacks in the United States history, we must continue to celebrate the distinct cultural heritage, accomplishments and acknowledge the enormous contributions of the Africans in the development of the United States of America.

“As we commemorate this year’s Black History Month, the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York wishes to pay special tribute to the tireless efforts of the extraordinary African-American leaders and all Africans in the diaspora, who defend and promote justice, fairness, freedom and equality for all people,” Okoyen said.

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