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Be actively involved in politics, Nigeria’s unity, cleric charges Christians

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Bishop of Esan Diocese, Anglican Communion, Right Reverend Gabriel Elabor, yesterday, charged Christians to be actively involved in politics and form a united front in the country, irrespective of denomination.

He gave the charge at this year’s Synod of Esan Diocese with the theme: Have You Seen This O Mortal? at St. John’s Anglican Church in Idumebo, Ekpoma, Esan West Council of Edo State.

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He stressed the need for Christians to be actively involved in politics and be part of decision-making in the country, noting that politics would remain a dirty game if left for non-Christians.

The cleric enjoined Christians to depart from iniquity and come together to discuss the way forward, adding: “Those of us, who call ourselves Christians have sold our rights to people who will call as infidels due to selfishness.

“It is high time we as Christians retraced our steps to discover where we missed it and fix it. There is no unity among Christians in Nigeria. Hence you find that Muslims are succeeding.

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“It looks as if Christians are not succeeding. So, I will beg Christians, irrespective of their denominations, to come together and discuss the way forward.”

He said Christians were shying away from politics on the excuse that it was a dirty game, adding that if they continue to shun politics, it would continue to be a dirty game, but they should participate in politics and make it a better game for humanity and the nation.

On his choice for the theme of the Synod, he explained that it was meant to engender true repentance in the Diocese, noting that what played out in the process leading to his election as the new Bishop, revealed that several persons in the Diocese were not fully born again.

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He said he had called on everyone to repentance and was convinced that members of the Diocese got the message and were already acting on it.

“If people say they have repented from sin, let the repentance be genuine. So, through this Synod, I believe I have been able to draw their attention to the fact that some Christians have gone far from God.

“With the atmosphere that I saw during the Synod, I’m sure the theme is already working and we will witness the great difference in the next year,” he added.

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