The New Anglican Primate in Church of Nigeria, His Grace, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh has urged Christians to participate actively in the politics of the country to provide the much-needed good leadership.
Okoh spoke in his sermon at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Gwarinpa, Abuja shortly after his presentation as the 4th Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria.
The new Primate argued that if Christians refused to get in active involvement in politics because of the dirty nature of he political game, the situation would give room for unchristian minds to hijack the political scene to the detriment of the citizenry.
The Archbishop noted that the Nigeria and Nigerians stand to gain if persons with the fear of God rule the polity. “When the righteous rules, the nation rejoices,” the cleric quoted the scripture to buttress his point.
The minister of God who blamed Nigeria’s woes on poor leadership said the involvement of more Christians in politics would strengthen the walls of Nigerian leadership to enhance quality service delivery to the citizenry.
He however, advised Nigerian leaders to pursue the general good of the people and not the interest of their pockets, noting that there is always a time for stewardship and accountability.
In another development, the General Overseer, Faith Revival Apostolic Church (FRAC), Idimu, Lagos, Apostle Paul Adenuga also stressed the need for active involvement of the church in politics in Nigeria.
Adenuga told newsmen that the involvement of upright and God-fearing people would provide the much-needed good leadership.
The cleric spoke at the end of a programme tagged: “Power to Heal Sickness,” held at the Church headquarters in Idimu, Lagos.
He however, advised Christians wishing to contest elective positions in 2011 “not to bring shame to Christianity through corrupt tendencies but to emulate Christ and not bring shame to his name.”
“They should remember that the world is not their home and would one day give account of their stewardship to God. If they understand this, they cannot misbehave,” he said.
Adenuga explained that people should seek not elective posts for the sake of pursuing personal wealth but to enrich the lives of others.
According to him, any Christian politician, who has failed the people cannot claim to be a Christian, noting that such a politician only operate under the cloak of religion.
Adenuga said for Nigeria to develop, there is a need for people in position of power to tell the followers the truth at all times.
He asked Church leaders to seek God’s forgiveness and return to true fellowship with Christ.
He decried the current spate setting up missionary universities by some Churches with the sole aim of making money. He said such motives have ruined the objective of missionary schools which were set up to provide morals and instill the fear of God in students.