NOA Boss Counsels Christian Political Office Holders

….To Desist From Inordinate Financial Expectations

Kwara State Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr.

Olusegun Adeyemi has called Nigerians to desist from inordinate

financial expectations from Christian political office holders.

Adeyemi made the call on Monday in Ilorin while speaking at the public

presentation of a book, ‘Recipe for Peace and Good Governance’.

The book was written by Rev. Cornelius Fawenu, Special Assistant on

Religion (Christian Affairs) to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

The NOA Director said that rather than burden them with unnecessary

financial assistance, they should help them to succeed.

“We should help Christian political office holders to live above board

so that the electorate can have the moral justification to hold them

to account,” he added.

Adeyemi urged politicians to prevent crisis and conflicts by

eliminating hate speeches.

According to him, most of the uprisings, tribal wars, religious crises

and ethnic clashes Nigeria was experiencing can be traced to

intolerance and a series of hate pronouncements, hate speeches, hate

conducts and hate actions by leaders and citizens.

“It is quite painful to note that some Nigerians continually fail to

recognise the indispensability of the concept of peace, good

governance and nation building and the significance of peace to nation

building.

“I am convinced that Nigerians, especially at a time like this, must

take an oath of preaching peace and permanently stick to our words,”

he added.

Gov Ahmed, in his remarks asked relevant Ministries, Departments and

Agencies (MDAs) in the state to assess the contents of a book with a

view to recommending its usage in selected institutions of higher

learning in the state and beyond.

Ahmed, represented by Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka

Gold expressed confidence that using the book would have a rub-off

effect on the present and future administration in the state.

He described the author, Rev Fawenu as one of the government

functionaries helping his administration to foster peace among

Christians and Muslims in the state.

He said his administration has promoted good governance; one of the

core values espoused in the book and has ensured massive

infrastructure development across the length and breadth of the state.

The book reviewer, Pastor Biodun Oyeleye noted that the postulations

presented by the author on the involvement of Christians in politics

was strong enough to deal with the problem of perception about

Christians and politics.

Oyeleye, a journalist said that if applied, was capable of ending our

years in the wilderness of politicking.

He noted that for Christians to still hold that they cannot engage in

politics because it is a dirty game would be a refusal to fulfil the

scriptures.

According to Oyeleye, ‘If we say that politics is dirty, then where is

our calling as indicated by our saviour in the scripture that says we

are the salt of the earth?