The Deputy Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon. Raphael Adetiba has called on all Christians to partake more in politics in order to effect the changes they desire.
Adetiba who was speaking at the 11th National Convention and Thanksgiving Service of Peculiar Gospel Outreach Ministry at the weekend, stated that it is a major responsibility of Christians to participate in Politics.
He called on the electorates not to abandon their elected candidates to carry the burden of Governance alone. Added that governance is all about the people from their standing with their elected representatives throughout their tenure.
“I want to inform us as Christians; it is our major responsibility to participate in Politics. Gone are those days, when we believe that once you are in politics, you have the tendency of losing your faith in God. No wonder we have heard such terrible experiences in the past.
“I also want to tell us that the game is not as easy as we taught it could be. But remember the word of God in the book of Matthew which said the kingdom of God suffereth voilence and only the voilent can take it by force. “It will interest you to know that in the Kwara state house of assembly, we have 24 constituencies and this time around i will say we are lucky compared to the past because we currently have 6 Christians.
“I urge us all, if God has called us to go into the world and make disciples of all nations, do you think your responsibilities ends in the church? If we must make the world a better place, then we must show up at every area and sectors of life.” He added.
Adetiba however admonished Christians to love one another as they also love God. He said where there is no love, God is absent.
Earlier in his address, the General Overseer of Peculiar Gospel Outreach Ministry, Pastor Joseph Babatunde called on the government at all levels to concentrate more in enhancing the welfare of their citizens by providing basic amenities and ensuring security of lives and properties.
Babatunde said the previous Governments failed by not meeting their basic responsibilities while corruption and insecurity affected the nation. He called on all citizens to always pray for those in authority.
“A time has come for those in position of authority in Nigeria to do a deep reflection on what governance is all about. In my own humble understanding, governance should centre on enhancing the welfare of the citizens by providing basic amenities and by ensuring security of lives and properties. Previous governments have failed and disappointed the citizens by not meeting these basic obligations.
“However, we must, as Christians participate more actively in politics by joining political parties and standing for elective positions as well as getting political appointments. This is the only way to ensure that we influence the choice of people that lead us and put us in a position to enthrone good governance.
“We can’t achieve this mission by remaining outside the political structure because of the general saying that “politics is dirty”. Righteousness can only be enthroned in the land when the righteous are more in positions of authority.
“The more we spread the light in the gospel within those in positions of authority by virtue of our adequate representation, the more the darkness will be dispersed and good governance will be enthroned. He added.
CAMPUS FOCUS reports that the 11th Convention of the Ministry had in attendance the immediate past Kwara CAN Chairman, Evang. Prof. Timothy Opoola, Kwara State Deputy Speaker, Hon. Raphael Adetiba, Senior Pastor of Light Chapel, Lagos; Pastor Oladipo Daramola, Evangelist Gbenga Wemimo and a host of anointed men of God.
The Convention featured Visitation, Provision of food items and clothings to Omu – Aran Medium Correctional Centre, Leprosy Centre and Hospitals as well as hosting and provision of cash and materials to many Widows and Orphans. Also, there was Graduation of the 2019 Students of the Peculiar Bible Institute (PBI) and Ordination of Pastors and Deacons.