The European Union Election Observation Mission led by the duo of Robert Hall and Diana Ferrari has paid a visit to His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu, the spiritual leader of a renowned spiritual organisation, Brotherhood of the Cross and Star with international headquarters in Calabar, Cross Rivers State in the South-South region of Nigeria.
The election observers promised to remain neutral and non-participatory in Nigeria’s general election holding on 25 February and 11 March 2023.
Explaining the reason for their visit, the mission noted that it was imperative they pay the spiritual leader a visit because of his significant positive influence over the mammoth adherents of the sect in Nigeria and abroad.
The leader of the team, Robert Hall praised the clergyman for his efforts in uniting families and communities.
He said: “We are election observers on assignment to Cross River and Akwa Ibom states. We received good reports about the spiritual leader and his large followers and noted that BCS is an influential community with a very large congregation in Nigeria.
“Since we are to educate the electorate on the need to participate in the Nigerian general election by casting their votes, there was the need for us to visit the Leader of BCS.”
Speaking about being neutral during the election, Hall affirmed: “Nothing can make us violate our mandate or the oath taken not to be participants in the election.”
Thanking the group for their visit, Olumba Obu stated that he would accord them the desired cooperation.
He explained that is very important to Nigerians but he has no preferred presidential candidate.
Obu maintained that he has told his Congregants to vote for whomever the spirit ministers to them.
He assured EU Observers of their safety throughout their stay in Nigeria, adding that he will gladly receive them again since they promised to return to the organization in continuation of their election education.