Dogara urges Christians to engage in a politics of transformation
By Bridget Ikyado
Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, urged Christians to engage in a policy of transformation for national development.
Dogara spoke at the 12th General Assembly of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Leadership Transition Program on Wednesday in Abuja.
The theme of the General Assembly is: “The Role of the Church in Times Like This (Esther 4:14)”.
Dogara spoke on the theme: “Christian women and young people in politics”.
According to him, for any change to be realized in a country, the right leaders must be in place.
He said that for the above to be achieved, women and youth have a key role to play.
Dogara, who backed up his point with the parable of the talents in the Bible, said, “everyone has a talent to improve society and the country.”
“We are all talented; talents should not be hidden or silenced; they should be used to influence and improve the development of a country.
“We will one day have to account for how we have used talents to repair and develop the earth,” he said.
He did, however, point to issues of stereotyping and other traditional barriers as some of the barriers to some women’s political activity.
Dogara also noted that to break down these barriers, women must note that they have the right to seek education and a better life.
For young people, he said unemployment and sponsorship issues were barriers to active participation in politics that could be addressed.
“Young people can seek empowerment programs, be self-reliant and participate in politics.”
He said Christians need to be fully informed, transformed by Christ to participate in politics in order to impact society.
Dogara also said that the political permutations, which do not reflect the religious balance in the country, are contrary to the unity and stability of the country.
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives advised all Christians eligible to vote to ensure they had their PVCs.
Ms. Dayo Benjamin-Laniyi, the assistant pastor of RCCG in a virtual presentation said “for the nation of our dreams to be realized, women and youth must be fully involved.”
She said women and young people need to come out fearless and confident to participate in politics.
She added that two things need to be considered “what is the call and what is the change”.
She said that if these changes and calls are properly received, then the change “we deserve will be achieved”.
She implored Christians, who intended to engage in politics, to employ the action of faith.
The assistant pastor advised the church to become a political structure to ensure that it leads and is in government to improve society.
Reverend Samson Ayokunle, outgoing President of CAN, thanked all symposium participants for the general assembly.
He thanked his leaders for the mutual relationship established during his tenure.
He prayed to God to heal and take over the affairs of the country, saying evil would not take over the country.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 12th CAN General Assembly marks the end of Rev. Samson Ayokunle’s term and begins the term of President-elect Rev. Daniel Okoh (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Grace Yussuf