Mark advises Christians on political participation

A former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has advised Nigerian Christians not to sit on the fence but to participate in politics in order to elect credible leaders that would guarantee the welfare and security of citizens.

The former Senate President gave this advice, according to a statement on Thursday, at the 48th/13th biennial conference of the Methodist Church Nigeria in Abuja.

Mark said the old assumption that the church should not get involved in politics remains a critical issue for debate in light of the country’s realities.

He said, “A lot of Christians believe that politics is a dirty game, but if politics is truly dirty, Christians should get involved to sanitise and clean it up to serve the purpose for the good of all.

“I charge Christian leaders to encourage their faithful to register and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards in preparation to vote for the candidates of their choice during elections.

“The state of insecurity in the land is lamentable and we urge the government to do more to protect and defend her citizens against these mindless murderers, bandits, terrorists, and kidnappers ravaging the country.”

The Prelate of the Methodist Church, Dr Samuel Uche, said the theme of this year’s conference, ‘Preparing for the second coming of Jesus Christ’ is to raise the consciousness of the Christian community towards its realisation. The church, he said, is praying for peace, security, and unity to return to Nigeria.

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