As Nigerians prepare for the general elections next year, Christians have been admonished to participate actively to change the current narrative in the political system and bring about the needed positive change in the country.
The Parish Priest of St Leo’s Catholic church, Ikeja, Lagos, the Right Reverend John Aniagwu, stated this at a news conference to herald the church’s fiftieth anniversary.
Represented by the associate Parish Priest, the Reverend father Emmanuel Omoroke, Reverend Aniagwu noted that prayers remain one of the solutions to the security and education challenges in the country.
The Clergyman urged Nigerians to wisely use their permanent voters card which is their power to right the wrong and choose credible leaders during the 2023 general elections.
“Let us go as Christians to exercise our rights and make sure that the right persons get there, at a time like this that we celebrate our jubilee, we pray for our country Nigeria and we ask God to take control of all that is happening and we that God will put an end to all these menaces in our country” he said.
Highlighting some of the social responsibility of the church in the last fifty years, Reverend father said Ikeja community had benefitted free legal aid, employment and temporary accomodations for the homeless among others.
Advising youths to be more responsible for their future and contribute their quota to the development of the country, the Parish priest assured that adequate security had been provided for the programme to avoid breach of security like the Owo massacre.
Over six thousand Nigerians including the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Reverend Adewale Martins are expected to grace the Jubilee celebration, while scheduled activities include group weddings, visits to home bound parishioners and sacrament of confirmation.