Liberia's Weah visits Nigerian church ahead of re-run election

Tuesday April 24 2018

Liberian presidential front-runner George Weah and the Pastor T. B Joshua (right) at the latter’s Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos on October 22, 2017. MOHAMMED MOMOH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Liberian presidential front-runner George Weah visited a Nigerian church ahead of the re-run election pitting him against Vice-President Joseph Boakai.

Mr Weah attended the Sunday service at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, accompanied by former warlord Yormie Johnson.

Mr Johnson was one of the 20 candidates in the October 10 first round election.

Reports say that Mr Johnson and Mr Weah were received by popular Pastor T.B. Joshua, the spiritual head of the church.

Mr Weah, the candidate of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), will on November 7, confront Mr Boakai in the final battle.

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According to Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC), Mr Weah won the first round with 39 per cent, while Boakai secured 29 per cent.

The Liberia constitution demands that a candidate must score at least 50 per cent of the total votes cast to be declared winner.

“He is not here to impose himself. What does God say about his country, Liberia?

"My brother is here today because he loves his country and wants God’s choice for his country," Pastor Joshua is quoted telling the large crowd at the church.

Pastor Joshua said Mr Boakai had also contacted him for a meeting.

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“We are not herbalists or witch-doctors; we are people of God. God’s choice is our choice.

"We cannot pray against God’s will.

“Without God’s corresponding power, we cannot pray to Him. For every step we take, every movement and action, intimation comes first, " he said.

Mr Johnson was for many years in asylum in Nigeria, a period he became a prominent member of the 'spiritual' church.