The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has urged Nigerian Christians to pray for Christians in government instead of resorting to constant criticism.
Adesina disclosed this at a breakfast meeting organised by a Christian media group, Christian Press Association of Nigeria (CPAN) at the Faith Revival Apostolic Church (FRAC) in Egbeda on Friday, January 25.
He said, “Instead of criticising, sitting in judgement over them, encourage and pray for them.”
Also, Adesina condemned the widely-held belief among Nigerian Christians that politics is a dirty game that should be avoided.
Alluding to two Biblical stories where Jesus told his followers to wait for the kingdom to come, the presidential aide stated that there was nowhere in the stories where Jesus forbade Christians from participating in the governance of their country.
However, he noted that obedience to God must be evident in every sphere of a Christian’s life, including in political office, lamenting that many Christians try to separate their spiritual and secular lives.
Adesina said, “Christians cannot afford to fold their arms. Christians should get involved in government but they must be mindful of their roles as ambassadors of the Lord in government.
“When we have an opportunity to do anything, we must do it as unto the Lord.”
In the same vein, Adesina disclosed that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was doing everything within its power to rescue kidnapped Christian schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu.
Recall that Boko Haram insurgents abducted Sharibu and over 100 other students from the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State in February 2018, and freed the others sometime later.
Adesina noted that Buhari had promised to do “whatever it takes” to secure her release.
Condemning opposition figures for politicising the issue, the presidential aide said, “They make it seem like the president deliberately left her in captivity but we know it is not true.”
Earlier, the President of CPAN, Bola Adewara urged Christians who find themselves in government not to abuse the opportunity.
He disclosed that the Bible called Christians the “salt of the world” and so they must get involved in politics to create change.