June 17, 2024

Nigeria former leader, Olusegun Obasanjo, advocates Christians active participation in politics

Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged Christians to take active participation in politics serious in order bring sanity to governance in the country.

Politics, he noted, should not be a dirty game, but those who participate in it make it so.

The former Nigerian leader said this while speaking at the 57th annual convention and 67th anniversary of The Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT) at Gospel City, Ogunmakin, Ogun State, Obasanjo.

He stressed that Christians must stand out among corrupt people and bad influencers of the world while participating in politics.

The former President while speaking on the theme: ‘The roles of the Church in nation building at a time like this,” said believers must stick to the values of Christ and ask themselves all the time, ‘What will Christ do if He finds himself in the circumstances that I find myself?

He stated that, at a time when the country is facing numerous challenges, the church must rise to the occasion.

“We are in the world, yet we are not of the world. The influence of corrupting corruption is enormous. We are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. We are to be like Jesus who, when He was in the world, did not belong to the world.” Obasanjo said.

The military veteran appealed to churches in Nigeria to demand for justice, fairness and equity in the social, political and economic life of the nation.

“Food without salt is stale. The church is meant to flavour it’s environment. A church that cannot play its role has lost its saltiness. Christ has chosen us to bring forth fruits and that our fruits should abide,” he said.

On his part, the General-Overseer of GOFAMINT, Pastor (Dr) Elijav O. Abina recalled his visit to Aso Rock Chapel when Obasanjo was President.

He revealed that he met the former president while teaching Sunday School, and that when they discussed upon his arrival at the conference grounds, Obasanjo surprised him by telling him that he is still teaching.

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