The Nigeria National Christians Coalition NNCC has called for the inclusion of all Christian, women and youth in Nigeria’s political interest and policy implementation.
The group assured Christians in Nigeria that the era of Christians being relegated to the lower cadre of socio-economic and political leadership is over.
According to the group, all hands are on deck to strengthen its system to represent and negotiate as a Christian pressure group and political base to evolve, secure and present the socio-economic and leadership interests of Christians.
The Convener of the NCC Group, Apostle Titilope Oluwadare, who spoke at the maiden Meet The Church Summit in Abuja, regretted that the church at present is playing a mere reactionary part in Nigeria’s political process.
She noted that in every great nation, the main stakeholders engage and negotiate power, positions and policies.
Oluwadare stressed that it’s time for Christians to understand that until the church engages and brings forth her interests and drives them into ideas and fashions out political strategies, the system will not be sanitised.
“Christians who run or shy from responsibilities and God’s mandate, concerning politics, will have no capacity to deliver on any interest or ideas that are important to the Church or the nation at large. So, the ugly situation will continue. May God forbid that this continues to happen in our generation.
“This time it’s not about appointments nor money. It is about dignity and the interests of the Body of Christ. We will no longer be negotiated or cajoled into servitude in Nigeria. We will also not be slaves or second-class citizens in a land that God gave us equal partnership, thus NNCC is all about Christian strategic interests.
“We must understand that a silent revolution is happening in Nigeria. It’s youth inclusion revolution causing the transition of the hegemony of any tribe over others. It’s the beginning of tribal and religious interests becoming equal stakeholders and not one being lord over Nigeria”, she added.
Oluwadare challenged Christians to rise and work for the future of the church, stressing that the future of Nigeria is dependent on what actions are taken now by those saddled with such responsibilities.
Also Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, in his remarks, appreciated the steps taken by the NNCC and Church in general, to amplify its voice and interests in the forthcoming general elections, particularly the presidential contest.
He challenged the church not to waste its votes or sow on unproductive grounds, insisting that every Christian must see his or her vote as talents given to him by God to trade with, and as seeds that must not be wasted.
“We do not even have the liberty to preserve our vote just like the wicked and lazy servant did to his talent. We must cast the vote in a fertile ground. The platform we know can win the election and nothing less. After all, waste is worse than loss,” the former Speaker said.