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Christian Leaders Should Leave Partisan Politics For Politicians - Eta

National Vice Chairman, South/South of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Ntufam Hilliard Eta has urged Pastors and other Christian leaders in the country to leave partisan politics for politicians.

Eta who was reelected South/South Vice Chairman at the recently held APC national convention made the remarks on Sunday during a thanksgiving service held in his honour at the Anderson Memorial African Methodist Espicopal Zion Church, Diamond Hill, Calabar.

He accused some Nigerian preachers of turning their pulpits to a platform where  hate, division and ethnicity are promoted.

The APC Chieftain added that Christians should be more interested in seeking peace and praying for leaders to succeed regardless their religion and where they come from.

According to him "The Church must not become an instrument to promote hate, division. The church should leave partisan politics for politicians".

He added that "Nation building is not easy especially now that President Buhari is trying to change the culture of how we used to do things. So as Christians, we need to pray for our leaders and seek peace.

"Christians should pray to God with the consciousness that our leaders, regardless tribe and religion succeed. We need to pray for our President because despite the fact that we didn't vote him in 2015, he has done enough for us therefore we need to support and encourage him to do even more".

Earlier, the officiating Minister, Bishop Uduak U. Effiong, urged political leaders in the country to always strive to address the issue of equity in appointments, policies and other government activities.
Bishop U. U. Effiong

The Bishop who read from Number 13:30 and preached on the topic " Serving with a Difference" said when given opportunity to serve regardless the status, people must always serve public and not personal interest.

While commending the government's fight against corruption, he advised the President and other government officials to ensure they leave clean and incorruptible record.

The clergyman who said that in nation building there is no major or minor tribe as everybody is important however said that the solution to Nigeria's many problem is restructuring.

According to him "Restructuring is the solution to Nigeria problems. We're not saying Nigeria should divide and nobody should talk about taking us back to regions but we're saying we should reorganize ourselves to have balance. The government should create 7 states per region with two senators from each state. By the time this is done, we will have 42 states with 84 senators and a balanced Senate".

He further said that "I pray that in this country, we will always address the issue of equity in electing leaders. In nation building, there's no major or minority tribe; every tribe is important because sometimes, the wisdom of the majority tribe may not be the best for the populace.

"Let's always be careful how we handle minorities in this country because therein may lie ideas that will move Nigeria forward".

In attendance were the Chairman of NDDC, Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba, Senators Ovie-Omo Agege, John Owan Enoh, Udoh Akpang, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, Rt. Hon. Paul Adah amongst others.
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