… Says Strategic Policy Document of CAN has been captured in SDP Manifesto
As the 2023 General Elections gathers momentum, the Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Prince Adewole Adebayo has called on the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, to guide the country on the right way to go about the elections.
Speaking during an interactive session with the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in Abuja yesterday, Adebayo said that the church was to participate in politics, “but don’t do it the way the politicians do it. Teach us the good way to do politics.”
The SDP Presidential Candidate who was presented with the Christian Association of Nigerian Strategic Policy Document said that his party will be truthful to Nigerians, ensure freedom of worship and instill patriotism in Nigerians while entrenching justice for all.
He disclosed that CAN’s Strategic Policy Document has already been captured by the Social Democratic Party Manifesto, insisting that he will implement it if he emerged President however expressing joy at the similitude of the CAN’s document and his Party’s Manifesto as he assured Nigerians to address issues of poverty.
Prince Adebayo noted that the interaction between the state and the church required more respect and understanding adding that probably the reasons for bad leadership style of the country was because we have not elected Christlike leaders or Moslems that were living to the tenets of the faith.
“So it is important that the church is now coming at this juncture, to try to intervene at a time when their children were already acting out their belief system. What I see in the presentation by CAN is the one, the church is thinking and I know that church is praying that one I have no doubt. And the thinking of the church is not just individualised it is now collectivised and the church is not just having a collective thought process, the church is communicating and doing so early before we go in there and start to follow what is not right.
“There are five qualities which a leader must have and in that leader the church would contribute 90 percent of the qualities. The person first must love truth, must be capable of nailing with a hammer the truth to the wood. In this country, truth is an enemy and we have to make friendship with the truth.
“Before someone one becomes a politican he must first belong to a religious body, I did not just become a politician but everything I have believed came from the Church.
“So, we believe in moving the country forward. The problems still fall back to the leadership of the country.
“The quality of human beings that have been leading the country is just like what happened to the children of Israel who said they can now have their leader and God gave them Soul.
“So, to solve our problem, the leaders must be truthful and just. In this country, truth is an offense. If a leader is truthful, nobody will remember his religion or party.
“The church is to participate in politics. But don’t do it the way the politicians do it. Teach us the good way to do politics.
“I know that people are hungry, so they go to church. When they are seeking solutions to their problems, they go to the Church. So the religious organizations must be empowered to take care of the people. We will unite this country and do justice to everyone,” Adebayo added.
Also, the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, said the idea was to review the Nigerian Development because the association seeks the progress of the country but will not endorse any candidate.
Okoh said that the country was submerged by chaos ranging from insecurity adding that the CAN’s Document to the Presidential Candidates was to help them review the crisis and address it.
He said, “Yes, Christians must get involved in politics because it is biblical. Christians should not leave politics in the hands of people that are not supposed to be there. And leaders must consider righteousness in all they do.
“Part of what we are doing today is to ensure that righteousness is entrenched in the polity. CAN remains non-partisan, we will not endorse any candidate.
“That is why we invited 18 of you to come so that as we are looking at you, we will know whether you are telling us the truth because we have the spirit of God in us.
“Nigerians have heard you, their decision will come up on the day of election. CAN have taken a number of stands on political issues in the country. It took us a long time to arrive at these decisions. Whatever you see or hear, it is important you verify.
“We have not changed our earlier position. At the same time, the Church is not in any enmity with any political party. The church is founded in love. But our position and understanding of the entire process will help us.”
Earlier, the Moderator of the interactive session while responding to the SDP Presidential Candidate maintained that the Presidential interactive session and the Strategic Policy Document was not meant to address issues of concern to only the Nigerian Christians but was for the common good of the generality of Nigeria and Nigerians.