Why Christians must partake in politics – CAN

With Roughly five months ahead of the 2023 general election, Nigeria Christian Association President Archbishop Daniel Okoh has lamented that Nigeria is going through challenging times right now, when all hands must be on deck to save it from descending into a state of anarchy.

Okoh said Nigeria’s image has sunk so low that every citizen is misperceived as either a thief or a beggar with nothing to offer.

Speaking at the third general assembly of the Catholic Archdiocese in Abuja on the subject of “Witness in Politics: The Role of the Catholic Faithful”, he added: “It is our individual and collective responsibility to negate such a perception by engaging in living according to our daily lives the light of the values ​​we have learned from our Lord Jesus Christ. In politics, Christians must take our place and participate as a light in the darkness, resisting all forms of intimidation.

“Those of us who engage in party politics need to remember that we must lead by displaying these right values ​​so that we can influence good governance that will produce a peaceful and prosperous nation.” To keep up with the tide of events, the Christian Association of Nigeria established a Political Strategy and Action Committee to encourage Christian involvement in politics, among other things.”

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In his keynote speech, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, advised Nigerian leaders to eschew political tactics of sentiment and turn to the politics of problems, with an eye on solutions to the challenges facing the country be kept.

However, Kaigama said that while Nigeria still has the potential for greatness, citizens must choose merit over mediocrity when electing new leaders in 2023 to save the country from the brink of disintegration.

He said: “The politics of bitterness, unhealthy personality conflicts, manipulation, etc. have become ingrained in our country. The inability to make meaningful change in our socio-political and economic environment is the result of the culture of corruption and very bad governance coupled with untamed political, religious and ethnic sentiments. Reversing this unfortunate trend will require a complete change in the way we conduct politics.”

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“Political parties should therefore be willing as to how best to address the issues plaguing our communities, such as insecurity, deteriorating public health and education, the current inflationary tendencies leading to high living standards, etc. Unfortunately, we have lived for it understood by politics as manipulation, exclusion, greed and bribery for so long. Politics is considered business in Nigeria and is superior to righteousness.

“The common assumption is that if the Fulani are in power; they “eat well” while the Yoruba and Igbo lose, so they just have to hold out and wait their turn. A typical Nigerian prefers a bad leader from his tribe to a good leader from another tribe. That is, I believe, the origin of our problem. No wonder political positions in Nigeria are fiercely contested. It is perhaps only in Nigeria that someone who gets a political post acts hysterically as if they have won a big lottery.

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Also, a former Rivers state governor, Celestine Omehia, said the program’s theme was appropriate, knowing that the 2023 general election was just months away.

He added: “I will state the obvious when I say that the Catholic Church cannot be isolated from general Nigerian society as members of the Church are also members of the political class. A committed Catholic in politics should be like the biblical lamp that is lit in a house that should not be hidden. I don’t think all politicians are as evil as many thought. I don’t think all politicians are unprincipled. No, it’s not correct. Our moral and religious backgrounds should always be reflected in our words and deeds.”

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