By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province Lagos and Bishop of Remo, Most Reverend Olusina Fape, has called on women especially in the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion to be more actively involved in politics especially in the forth coming general elections.
He made the call in the just concluded 6th Annual Convention, Lagos West, while calling on them to braze up politically as the world evolve around them.
Speaking on the programme, Bishop Fape maintained that, the theme, “Prepare Unto Good Work”, was timing adding that it was avenue to charge the women to be dedicated and shun any form of ungodliness in the country.
According to him, “The Anglican Christian Fellowship is a formidable organization within the Anglican church. It is an avenue to capture the youths to be good soldiers of God and ensure that the church brings more souls to the kingdom of God. He noted that the 6th edition is a call for members to be dedicated to good works, shun anything that has to do with the kingdom of darkness as well as a challenge to all the members to show forth the light as agents of light.
He maintained that the theme is a wake-up call for the Christians especially women to know that administration of the country is a good work and it takes people with the mind of God to go into it and effect positive changes. On the essence of the communion in preparing for the forthcoming election, he said, “The Anglican church has a prophetic role within the polity of the nation. It is a church that came to this country since 1842, therefore, it has something to do by way of advancing the kingdom of God.
“At a time like this, it is a call to all and sundry in the country that there is nothing we want to do without the knowledge and the input of God. “As Christians, we have to fight corruption, we have to demonstrate that Nigeria is one of the countries, God is interested in. Nigerians especially women must ensure that they have their PVC so as to vote and bring in the righteous leaders.
“When you put politics in the hands of dirty people, the result is what we are experiencing today. Things can never be good because the good ones are not in charge”, he said.
On the wake-up call for women in the Anglican communion, he said, the church has been sensitizing the women in all the Anglican Communion in Nigeria to be active in the politics of Nigeria especially the forthcoming general elections.
“The Anglican church is not big for nothing, we also have fundamental role to play, prophetic voice to tell the nation, that Nigeria must move in the way of God and those who have the mind of God must be elected to their respective positions either as President, National Assembly members , Governors, House of Representatives as well as House of Assembly members to be able to speak as agents of light to banish the work of darkness in our country, the church especially the women in the Anglican communion in Nigeria must be encouraged to participate in the political affairs of the nation.
“We cannot continue to leave politics in the hands of riff-raffs otherwise it will portend doom for this country, we won't leave it in the hands of hooligans again to rule us, and that is what we are doing right now. We are sensitizing our members especially the women to be actively involved in politics. The educated, enlightened, intelligent and God-fearing ones should come out and take positions in the affairs of the nation. When you are there, you can speak as a child of God”, he maintained.