By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The President, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Supreme Council, Pastor Gabriel Lagunju on Tuesday advised that elected political offices in Nigeria should henceforth be made part time.
Delivering the presidential address at the annual CAC Pastors’ Conference , held at the C. A. C. Ile Aanu, Alasepe Prayer Ground, Ikire, Osun State, Pastor Lagunju said this is the only way to save the country from politicians who are more interested in personal interest.
The CAC President stated that the present situation whereby politicians sell their property to get political office would no doubt force them to be putting their personal interest above the interest of the people especially the masses .
“With the coming of the 2019 general elections and the deduction drama being witnessed daily from our politicians, it needs no stress to understand that the benefits of our democratic system is no more corporate but rather personal to the politicians who now run from one camp to the other to search for lucrative positions for themselves.
And this is why we are referring again to our corporate advice to our national leaders to let politics be a part time assignment for men and women who already have their personal jobs through which they maintain themselves” he said.
Pastor Lagunju added, ” Without mincing words, the present situation in both our political and socio-economic systems in Nigeria, continues to get worse daily thereby prompting its innocent citizens to lose hope in the country’s future. Or how would you expect someone who had to sell his/her properties and also possibly obtain loans just to struggle for a political office not to prioritize his personal interest when elected into office.”
While stressing that Nigeria will get better when those with feasible means of livelihood are elected into political offices on part time lamented the spate of decampment by politicians in the country, he noted that they are doing this more or less to serve their personal interest, lamenting that the present situation in Nigeria has made the ordinary Nigerians to lose hope in the future of the country.
He then urged leaders and members of the church who have friends and relations among the politicians to evangelize them on the need to first consider the interest of the masses who voted them into power, adding that with prayers God can intervene in the situation of the country as he did with for Nineveh.
On the 28-year old crisis between the Supreme Council and the General Executive Council (GEC), Pastor Lagunju hinted that the peace process which was demonstrated at the 2017 Conference by the exchange of visits by representatives of the two governing councils of the mission is on-going, and that the unity which will soon be achieved necessitated the two factions using the same theme, “Prepare for the next move of God”, used for this year’s pastors’ conference.
Pastor Lagunju who maintained that the crisis cannot be resolved overnight, asked members of the church to show patience and understanding and urged them to confirm any news about the unification process from genuine sources rather than listening to rumours and taking the laws into their hands to campaign against the church leaders on any issue.
“The 24-member peace committee (composed of the two Presidents and other leaders from both councils) had also continued to meet gradually discussing and resolving the various issues involved in the Mission’s unification project. Since the 28-year old crisis could not be hurriedly and genuinely resolved without some level of patience and the consideration of some “give and take ” principles, the entire Mission ( through the leaders in the peace meetings ) agreed on some joint programmes ( to start familiarizing with ourselves) which were heartily welcomed by the entire members of the Mission. “