Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, former Senator representing the South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has re-echoed the need for the Church to participate actively in politics ahead of next year’s general election.
The former lawmaker who made the call while addressing members of City of David International Church, Odani, Elelenwo, Port Harcourt, said whatever happens to society affects the Church.
“A lot of times people feel that the Church should not get involved in what’s going on in society. But the Church is part of society and ultimately, what’s happening in society affects the Church in every single way.
“When members of your congregations keep having problems that they cannot get help, who will they call? When they are not able to meet up their obligations to themselves and their families where do they go to?
“So, even the Church itself is helpless if we don’t work well for the people. So, part of your prayers is to have a society that works well for those who are following you to Church. That is how God will manifest himself in their lives. So, what happens in society will affect you.
“If the government does not work well, it is those who live in Rivers State that will suffer it our Church members. If society works well and people can prosper and be happy; is that not God answering our prayers?
“So, the credit will still come to the Church. That is why I say that it is important for the church to get involved in what is happening in society”.
Senator Abe stated that he completed both his primary and secondary schools in Rivers State and at the then South-Eastern State free of charge because the government was working.
“My father was a pastor; he was earning about N96:00 a month at that time, which was far below minimum wage and we were five children. When we came back from the civil war, my last brother was born of my mother and we are now six.
“But, because the government was working; because teachers were promptly paid, inspected and were given pride of place in their jobs, you could feel a government that was working.
“I was trained by the government of Rivers State, in St. Peters State School, Yeghe and at Boys’ State School, Okrika. I left there when my father was transferred to South-Eastern State, Calabar, which was then part of the Niger Delta Diocese, and I was still trained by the government of South-Eastern State free of charge.
“So, I have benefited from the kindness of people at several times in my life, that’s why I’m here to seek your support to partner with me in the ‘SMA project 2023’ together, we would be able to give back to the society what some of us have benefited in the past”.
The Senior Pastor of the church, Bishop John Enojoh appreciated Senator Abe for his kind support to ministers of the gospel and churches in the state and assured him that they will keep on praying until he emerges as governor of Rivers State.
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