Primate to Nigerians: Vote Wisely, Avoid Political Inducement
Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, the Primate of Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, on Tuesday in Abuja urged Nigerians to avoid politics of inducement but vote wisely as the 2019 elections were approaching.
The Anglican leader made this known at the Carnival for Christ with the maiden Anglican symposium dedicated to all Anglican faithful, themed “Christians and politics”.
He urged Nigerians to partake in political parties and not grumble about being left out. He said ideas that politics was a dirty game should not scare Nigerians. “Politics is the most important activity of organised life in the society.
“If one tries to argue that on a macro basis, life without social or political thought is than one wrong,” he said.
He said political behaviour was almost entirely linked to social behaviour and interests and vice-versa.
The primate added that some Nigerians often declared that “I am not interested in politics” with ego.
“To them politics is some disreputable art of manipulating one’s way into positions of state power for personal and party gains.
“And they don’t look forward to being called a “politician” ever in their working lives. In fact, the word has almost gradually become a term of abuse.
“As far as the concept of politics is really concerned, this is the most naive and dumb notion,” he explained.
According to him, “in everything we say or do, we are taking a position that is actually a political position whether we like it or not. For politics concerns everything in life.”
The Anglican leader who spoke on Christian and politics, said that praying for those in governance was a form of political activity.
“If any form of other political activity is not possible, praying that political leaders would make correct decisions is the one thing that we all have the obligation to do as Christians.
“The government may not always do what we believe is best, they have been put in place by God for his purposes.
“Let’s understood the need for Christian participation in politics. Government plays a role in the work of God’s kingdom on earth.
“Good government encourages an environment conducive for people living peaceably, whereas bad government fosters unrest and instability,” he said.
However, the cleric said that it’s the prayers of Christians and their involvement in politics that would influence the people that God had put in place, so it is of importance that Christians are politically involved in one way or the other.
The vicar of Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Durumi Abuja, Ven. Syrenius Okoriko, remarked that with the right information and motivation of Christians, they could alter the characters in politics to moral standards of God’s kingdom.
“Christians will bring the moral standards of God’s kingdom into the civic realm and thereby become agents of God’s common grace of His provision for those who believe as well as those who don’t,” he said.
Okoriko said that Christians had a duty “to work through civil authority for the advancement of justice and human good”.
“It’s a pervasive responsibility. After all, politics determines whether we’re at war or peace.
“It affects the nation’s job supply, wealth creation and distribution, and property rights.”