The Archbishop of Church of God Mission International (CGMi), Most Rev. Margaret Benson-Idahosa has commended the leadership and members of the Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship (NCGF) for their commitment to nation building.
Most. Rev. Idahosa gave the commendation while receiving a delegation of the Fellowship who were at the Global Headquarters of the church in Benin City to officially present the Fellowship Strategy Document on Political Mobilization of the Church in Nigeria.
The Archbishop, who spoke through the CGMi Director of Administration, Bishop Samuel Imoukhuede, described the strategy document as very inspiring and assured them of the support of the Church for the vision.
She explained that the NCGF political mobilization project was a laudable one that should be supported by all.
Most Rev. Idahosa declared that God was interested in raising His children for discipleship in order for them to transform the nation, adding that CGMi would continue to give the people the undiluted Word of God to be able to fit into God’s agenda.
The Global Head of the Church of God Mission asserted that it was imperative for Christians to always love what God loves and hate what He hates in their commitment to righteousness.
While asserting that the remnant of the church would always prevail, she disclosed with great pain that there were a number of people in the church, including persons holding positions who are yet to know the Lord.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation and National President-Elect of NCGF, Prof. Chuks Eboka informed the leadership of CGMi that the visit was the first in the series of advocacy visits by the Fellowship in its avowed commitment to effective participation of the Nigeria Church in politics and governance.
Prof. Eboka, who represented the out-going National President, Prof. Charles Adisa referred to the Bible Book of Isaiah Chapter 9, verses 6 and 7 and declared that Government anywhere virtually rests squarely on the shoulders of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
He expressed regret that the few Christians in politics and political positions across the country had not made much impact and challenged believers to live up to their calling by being the “salt” and “light” of the nation.
The NCGF President-Elect stated that the overall aim of the proposal was to arouse the church on her responsibility to lead the nation.
On his part, the General Secretary of NCGF, Pastor Onyenachi Nwaegeruo stated that unless believers in Christ get into political offices, the nation would not witness the much-desired transformation.
Pastor Nwaegeruo commended the pioneering role of the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa in evangelism and crusade for good governance in Nigeria, stressing that every Christian should improve on what Papa Idahosa had done.
In her remarks, the Vice-Chairman of the NCGF Directorate of Politics and Governance, Dr. Mrs. Nosa Aladeselu recalled her participation in partisan politics and called for more involvement of the church in politics and governance.
Other members of the NCGF delegation were the Benin Zonal Chairman, Pastor Mrs. Jane Edeki; former Benin Zonal Chairman and one-time DVC of the University of Benin, Prof. Emmanuel Onibere and his wife, Mrs. Olusola Onibere; Prof. Julius Iyasele of the NCGF Directorate of Politics and Governance; the Zonal Secretary, Pastor Ik Osawe, as well as the President of Benin Chapter, Mr. Daniel Aigbavboa.
Also at the courtesy visit were the Chairman, NCGF Board of Trustees and Bishop in CGM, Prof. Vincent Iyawe; Bishop Wale Ajayi; Rev. Dr. Wilson Onuoha; Prof. and Mrs Mark Ighile; Rev. Alex Iduh and Rev. Mrs. Mary Aroko, all of CGMi.