September 22, (THEWILL) – Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has inaugurated a Committee on Political Strategy and Action.
The Committee, comprising eminent personalities, would mobilise and encourage Christians to participate in politics and other activities that would legitimately produce quality leaders.
CAN President, Most Rev. Daniel Okoh, disclosed this on Thursday, in his remarks delivered at the 3rd Abuja Archdiocesan General Assembly meeting, held at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Abuja, on Thursday.
He said the Committee recommended that all Churches must have a Directorate of Politics and Governance, which will provide training on Christian values for the right character, capacity and competence to participate in politics and take up public offices.
“The Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has shown leadership in this area by establishing the Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) since 1994, with clear thematic areas that include Human Rights Protection, Human Capital Development, Democracy Monitoring and Civic Education. I pray that the Lord will enable this Archdiocese to sustain the good vision of this commission”, he added.
Rev Okoh appealed to Abuja Catholic Archdiocese to continue to collaborate with other denominations in raising Christians that would engage in politics as witnesses of Jesus Christ. “I say so because the Catholic church has an abundance of materials and experience for such education and training.
“Now that a good percentage of member churches have demonstrated sufficient interest in setting up directorates, arms or departments like JDPC, I pledge that CAN will provide the platform for such collaboration through its Directorate of National Issues and Social Welfare, of which the Catholic Church is a member.”
He lamented the increasing drop in perception of Nigerians in the comity of nations and challenged Nigerians to participate in the forthcoming general elections, so they can use the opportunity to vote for persons with competence and capacity to pull Nigeria out of the dungeon of underdevelopment and backwardness.
“The image of Nigeria has gone so low that every citizen is perceived as either a thief or a beggar, who has nothing to offer. But this is not true. It is our individual and collective responsibility to negate such perception by conducting ourselves in our daily lives (both private and public) in the light of the values that we learnt from our Lord, Jesus Christ.
“Those of us who engage in partisan politics must remember that we need to provide leadership in showing these right values so that we can influence good governance that will bring about a peaceful and prosperous nation”, he added.