14 January 2018
President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Samson Ayokunle, has urged Christians to join politics with the view to contest in election for political offices.
According to a statement released by Mr. Ayokunle’s special assistant on media, Adebayo Oladeji, the CAN President made the call at the 57th retreat of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, on Saturday.
Mr. Ayokunle advised Christians to become card carrying members of political parties and aspire to take over political offices like other concerned Nigerian.
“The practice of separation of State and Church must be redefined. While the State must not be allowed to control the Church, the Church must influence the State through Christians who are in position of power.
“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,” the statement said.
Mr. Ayokunle also provided tips for the worshipers on steps towards active involvement in politics. They include 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 and; monitor and protect your vote.
“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 offices.
“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,” the statement said.