Opposition chief leader Raila Odinga has fought off claims by his critics that he does not believe in God even as he urged the church to lead the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) process.
He reiterated that he is a God-fearing man contrary to claims by his political nemesis that he is not.
“When I was in prison, the bible and the Quran provided by the prison chaplain and occasional letters from my wife are all I had. I had the King James Version in three languages. I also read the Quran from front to back and back again,” he added.
While challenging the clergy to lead the country to the Promised Land what he termed as ‘Canaan’ by supporting the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Constitutional change process, he however cautioned the church not be used as channels of money laundering.
Raila said the BBI is the panacea to deliver Kenyans to the Promised Land and called on the church to guide the nation towards that direction by backing the initiative.
“I appeal to you to be the Moses and Joshua and lead Kenyans from the wilderness and get us to Canaan,” said Raila.
Raila made the remarks during a meeting with religious leaders at Ufungamano House in Nairobi on Thursday.
The former Premier urged the leaders to rally their flock behind the intended reforms, saying it is the only sure way the country’s challenges will be resolved.
“I believe you will find no joy when your children go to school only to be told there are no jobs and only wheelbarrows are available,” he said.
The Orange Party leader opined that the BBI will solve the perennial chaos that has rocked the nation every election, curb corruption, resolve the problems of joblessness and restore the national ethos.