As the 2019 general elections draw near, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev’d Samson Ayokunle, on Saturday charged Christians to be involved in all facets of Nigerian politics, stressing that politics is not a dirty game as it is widely assumed.
Asserting that the Church must influence the State through Christians, he called on CAN members to do the following:
• Join a political party, and be a card-carrying member.
• Register to vote when called to do so by INEC
• Participate actively at the ward level of your party, attend meetings, and contribute meaningfully during discussions.
• Vote and encourage others to vote during election period. Do not stay back at home and watch TV, play football or sleep.
• Monitor and protect your vote
Ayokunle, who spoke in Abuja at the International Workers’ Retreat of Nigerian Baptist Convention, asked Christians avoiding politics because it is dirty to have a rethink and embrace it if they wanted to make impact on the country.
His words, “To get to a position of power, there is need for election especially in a democratic setting like ours. We must be involved in all facets of politics. Politics is not a dirty game as many have come to believe, but those who play politics are the ones who are dirty.
“Sidon look approach will not help us as Christians. Mike Murdock said, ‘Never complain about what you permit’. If we do not participate actively in politics, then we do not have the right to complain about the type of leaders that are presented by political parties to be voted for and voted into various office.
“This year, God is interested in our nation and us. Throughout the Bible, we see God intervening, leading and instructing men on how to lead their nations. He is urging us as Christians to be involved in the governing process of our nation. Nigeria is at the center of God’s plan for the human race.”
The CAN President, who went on to throw his weight behind those calling for the restructuring of the country, said Nigeria is due for restructuring and same must be done without without bias or prejudice to religion, ethnicity, class or group affiliation.
According to him, “There is the need to update how we govern ourselves, thus, re-structuring the nation after 57 years is a welcome development.
“We must develop our home-grown democracy. The present system is a hybrid of the American and British systems. It is not working well for us.”
The cleric said it is clear that every nation in the world has her glory adding, “Nigeria is not left out. Our glory is our pride as a nation.
“When we gained independence from Britain in 1960, it was a turning point in our history and a breakthrough for the nation’s glory to burst forth. Our glory shone brighter and brighter after independence as we became the foremost nation in Africa and indeed among the black race.
“However, at a point, the glory began to fade and we are yet to recover that glory. If we must bring back the glory of Nigeria and rise to more glory as a nation, then effective participation is compulsory for all Christians”.