As the 2023 general election gathers momentum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has called on the Christian community in Nigeria not to treat politics as a dirty game.
His spokesman, Dr. Macham Makut, spoke on Saturday when the governor hosted northern Christian leaders in the state capital, Jos.
According to the governor, Christian leaders should encourage the Church and petition candidates vying for political office.
Lalong said this was necessary because anyone given power by God must work for the interests of all Nigerians, including the Christian community.
The governor said: “This is why we must work harder to mobilize our brothers and sisters to actively participate in the political process, not only to decide who leads them, but also to have a say on the table when decisions are made. We can no longer treat politics as a dirty game, and thus leaving it in the hands of a few people, and yet complain about marginalization and bad government. The Church is the solution to the world since Jesus Christ called us the Salt of the Earth and the Light of the World.”
Governor Lalong said that as governor and chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, he had tremendous support and cooperation from Christian leaders in the state and the entire northern region, he and other leaders had to engage on government policies and programs and others. national issues, especially as they affected the Christian community.
He expressed his awareness of the hope of Christians, especially in relation to issues affecting their rights and privileges and the safety and security of the political system.
“Therefore, as we approach 2023 when Nigerians will make crucial decisions, I challenge you as a leader to lead your members to be part of the process first and also to ensure that they do not make decisions based on emotions and other factors that will not add value to their aspirations.
“We should be strategic and look at the bigger picture and how it affects our interests,” he said.
The governor assured them that as a Christian and a Knight of the Catholic Church, he would continue to do his best to protect the interest of the Body of Christ in whatever position God gave him to serve the people.
In their goodwill messages, COCIN President, Dr. Amos Mhozo, who spoke on behalf of Plateau denominational heads, Dr. Yusuf Wushishi and former Adamawa State Governor, Bala Ngilari, said the Church should be involved. sensitizing its members to participation in politics, to advance justice in governance.
The men of God stressed the need to always preach peace and quell the tensions related to elections.
They also believed that religious leaders should encourage people to do the right thing and vote for whoever they choose, without fear, harassment or coercion.
Bishop John Daniels led other clergy to pray for the peace and prosperity of Nigeria and the successful 2023 elections.
They also prayed for Governor Lalong in his responsibilities as the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and the Chief Executive Officer of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council.