Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has expressed displeasure over the pervasive corruption in Nigeria’s electoral system.
The former President led this out while speaking at the 57th annual convention and 67th anniversary of The Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT), held at the Gospel City, Ogunmakin, Ogun State on Saturday, said politics should not ordinarily be dirty, adding that those who participate in politics make it dirty.
Speaking on the theme: ‘The Roles of the Church in nation building at a Time Like This,” Obasanjo, who congratulated the church on the successful hosting of the convention, said Christians must stand out among the corruptive tendencies and influences of the world, particularly in politics.
He told the audience that as believers, they must stick to the values of Christ and ask themselves all the time, ‘What will Christ do if He finds himself in the circumstances that I find myself?
He said at a time like this in the country when there is insecurity, hopelessness, poverty, depression, a time that is not conducive to living, the church must rise up to the occasion as the salt of the world.
“We are in the world, yet we are not of the world. The influence of corrupting corruption is enormous. We are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. We are to be like Jesus who, when He was in the world, did not belong to the world,” Obasanjo told the congregants.
Obasanjo urged the church to demand for justice, fairness and equity in the country’s social, political and economic aspects.
Speaking further, he said: “Food without salt is stale. The church is meant to flavour it’s environment. A church that cannot play its role has lost its saltiness. Christ has chosen us to bring forth fruits and that our fruits should abide.”
Obasanjo admonished Christians to bear the fruits of the Spirit, which are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
“Living in the world is not a bed of roses. Christ had told us there will be tribulations and hardships so that we can prepare ahead and just as he came out as a conqueror, we also will come out as conquerors, the church must distinct and distingush itself from the world palance,” he concluded.
via: Information Nigeria