NAKURU, Kenya, Mar 29 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga has inspired fellow countrymen to forge ahead and stay focused as the country grapples with crises afflicting the nation.
He asked Kenyans to repent and seek divine intervention to problems affecting the general welfare of the masses, who he encouraged not to despair but retain hope.
He told religious leaders to troop their congregations to virtuous ways of life instead of antagonising the state and her citizenry by making misplaced populist utterances.
The premier described recent calls by bishops from the National Council of Churches of Kenya that the country goes back to the polls as hypocritical claiming that the clergy failed Kenyans when they were needed most.
"It is these clergy who are moribund and ineffective but not me and the President as they tried to insinuate. This is hypocrisy "Mr Odinga said.
He said the country needs God’s grace to overcome the challenges the nation is going through and urged Kenyans to seek spiritual nourishment to inspire their hopes in the wake of harsh times.
The Premier told thousands of Kenyans who thronged a national repentance prayer meeting in Nakuru that it was time the 42 tribes of the country coexisted harmoniously for the common good of the nation.
Mr Odinga who was consecrated by Prophet Dr David Owuor during the prayers held at the Nakuru show ground accepted Jesus as his personal saviour before the mammoth crowd amid cheers and ululation from the congregation.
He promised to mobilise fellow countrymen to repent and surrender to the will of God especially now that the country was facing famine, economic crisis, and ethnic intolerance and other ills afflicting the Kenyan society.
The Premier expressed optimism that the country may soon pull out of the crises and disasters in God’s will and encouraged the nation to soul search through their deep convictions that the Lord would give way out of the quagmire.
"Let me assure you that great nations were found out of adversaries and difficult situation and this might just be one of those historical moment the country has to be initiated through " Mr Odinga said.
He said Kenyans had a strong ethnic cohesiveness through the spirit of harambee until the events of the 2007 post poll chaos polarized communities to tribal cocoons.
The Premier who was accompanied by his wife Ida called for renewed commitment to foster national healing towards permanent resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons.