By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Legal luminary, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN) has asked Christians in Nigeria to obtain their permanent voters card (PVC) to be able to vote during the 2019 general elections.
Chief Ayorinde made the call in Ibadan while speaking as chief launcher at the presentation/launch of a book, “Selected ecumenical hymns, English and Yoruba (With tunes in Sol-fa-notation)”, held at the Methodist Church Nigeria, Cathedral of Light, Agodi,
According to the legal luminary, this is the best way for Christians in and, the country to demonstrate as well as extend their love for the churches and to the country .
Ayorinde said the time has come for churches and Christians to know that they are major stakeholders in the country, noting that this will help in preparing to actively participate in the 2019 general elections rather than been passive
Chief Ayorinde pointed out that Nigeria as a country more than ever needs the intervention of the churches and Christians in charting a way forward, saying. ” it will be a great disservice for the churches to turn a blind eye when the country is more or less on fire given the myriads of problems facing it that include insecurity and unemployment.”
“We all know that the foundation of Christianity is love, it is therefore my appeal to my brothers and sisters in the Christian faith to extend the love that they have for the churches to the country by not only getting their PVC but also effectively participating in the 2019 general elections. ” he said.
The legal luminary added ,”and with love as the foundation of the churches, it is my belief that it will be easier for the Christians to bear in mind that collectively they have a role to play in voting for candidates that will turn the fortunes of the country around for good.”
Speaking, the Chairman at the occasion, ArchBishopishop Ayo Ladigbolu stressed that “the church is one before God” and that Christians should not “see the killings of some Christians in the northern part of the country as a war on a particular denomination, but rather a problem that should be of greater concern to all Christians.”
ArchBishop Ladigbolu added that at this period in the history of Nigeria, ” the church must be together and that the battle of senseless killings of defenceless Christians by herdsmen must not be left to a particular denomination to confront but should be tackled by all.
The ceremony was attended by the immediate past President of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Chief Wole Akinwande, Chief Areoye Oyebola, Sir Sola Abodunrin, who was the Chairman, Planning Committee of the ceremony, Elder Gbenga Olatoyinbo and Sir Olu Babalola.