Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday enjoined Christians to participate actively in politics, saying they should not leave the nation’s governance to those he described as “evil ones.”
Obasanjo, who spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun State, warned Christians against being indifferent towards politics.
The ex-President told the congregation at the fifth anniversary thanksgiving service of the Chapel of Christ the Glorious King, a religious arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, that they should not shy away from partisan politics for the good of the entire country.
“I want to say here that Christians should participate in politics. We should not leave politics in the hands of the evil ones who cannot offer this country any good,” he said.
Earlier in his sermon delivered on the occasion, the former president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Dr. Ola Akande, described Obasanjo as a rare and special gift to Nigeria.
Akande noted that the likes of Obasanjo usually came once in a generation.
The cleric said, “I have been a spectator of the many ups and downs of the life of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo across the years. There is no doubt that I am his elder brother. During our times together, I came to know a miracle about him, and that this is a special man that God has given to our current or contemporary Nigerian generation. Such a gift comes once in a while.
“Believe me; you do not pray for such a gift from God. God just decides what he wants to give mankind, and He does it. When He does it He gives the gift to our generation through a very, very poor family.”
Akande, who spoke on the theme, “Can the Nigerian Church Transform the Nigerian Society?,” expressed regret at the worsening level of vices being perpetrated in several churches by both the pastors and their members.