President Edgar Lungu has urged the church to continue preaching peace ahead of the August 11 general elections.
And President Lungu has said he counts himself lucky for leading a peaceful country and he does not want to be a president who will destroy the peace the country is enjoying.
Speaking when he attended a church service at New Apostolic church Kyawama central congregation, the head of state said that the church should take a central role in ensuring that there was peace in the nation.
He said the church should not only pray but also counsel those in the political arena.
“We are your children, we are members of the church therefore don’t cease to pray for us and also counsel us and the nation as a whole,” President Lungu said.
He said peace should reside in people’s hearts.
“That’s how we can have peaceful families, from peaceful families we can have peaceful communities and a peaceful nation at last,” he said.
President Lungu said of late the political arena in the country had become volatile and hoped that the church would not shy away and drift from preaching peace.
“Without peace there cannot be development, it is for this reason that I thank you for your continued work of uniting the nation,” he said.
President Lungu said his administration had an open door policy and would endeavour to bring all stakeholders on board in developing the country.
The head of state thanked the church for according him an opportunity to congregate with them.
And presiding over the service District Apostle Patrick Poho said God would never forsake Zambia as the country was a Christian nation.
He assured the head of state that the church will continue praying for peace of the nation.
Earlier on arrival, President Lungu told the people that gathered at the airport that he does not want to take for granted his leadership as it is just a privilege.
“You don’t owe me anything but I owe you a duty, he said.