Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned religious leaders not to allow politicians without the fear of God wreck the country.
Obasanjo said if religious leaders leave the country in the hands of politicians alone, the nation would regret it.
The former military and civilian leader spoke when the new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Most Reverend Daniel Okoh, visited him at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Penthouse yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, the former President posited that the nation’s religious leaders could make politicians to become more responsible.
Obasanjo, who said the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, had spoken well about Okoh, added: “…I must say I am impressed. With you and Sultan, you can both make a turnaround. You can work together.
“If you stand on the truth, you stand for justice and equity. It is then the politicians will not be able to mess us around. I will say it with all sense of responsibility now: if we do not watch it, the politicians will wreck this country, and we all regret it.
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“And where can we look for salvation? That is where you, religious leaders, have a significant role to play. I think it’s the mistake of the past (particularly in the Christendom) that we said politics is not for the righteous.
“Now, if we take the righteous away from politics and we leave politics to the unrighteous, the unrighteous will smear the righteous with the unrighteousness that they will carry into politics and will have nowhere to go.
“And in the next election, if we do not watch it, it may make or break Nigeria. And I pray that it will make Nigeria.”
Okoh hailed the former President for his roles in turning around the Christian faith in the country.
The CAN president said the elder statesman has also made valid contributions to Christianity in Nigeria.
He said: “In 1976, he started with the establishment of this association, the CAN. In September 1999, he formed the Inter-Religious Faith Council. On the political front, you set up the National Political Reform Conference, in which I am privilege to be a delegate, representing the Christian faith. These were the few I could remember as I was planning for this visit.
“Baba, you have played important roles in the political history of Nigeria and Africa, particularly your current role in the Horn of Africa, where the task is to ensure peace in the region. These are no doubt valid contributions to Christianity.”
Other members of the CAN delegation were the association’s Assistant General Secretary, Apostle Abiodun Sanyaolu; Southwest Chairman, His Grace, Elder Adeaga; Lagos and Ogun states’ CAN Chairmen, Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, who also represented Bishop Francis Wale Oke, and Bishop S. T. Adegbite.
Others included Ven. Emmanuel Alamajo, Ven. Emmanuel Nnana, Ven. Joseph and Personal Assistant, Dr. Victor Isoke.