2023: CAN President advises Churches to be non-partisan

As the 2023 general elections approaches, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Daniel Okoh, has advised churches and Christian leaders to be non-partisan in issues concerning the forthcoming election.

The cleric made this statement during the 75th anniversary celebration of the founder of Grace of God Mission International, Bishop Paul Nwachukwu, which was held on Sunday in Onitsha, Anambra State.

He said, “The church should be non-partisan in election matters. It has a duty to ensure the people are properly guided in the choice of leaders they choose. If Nigerians can unite and forge a common front, the choice to turn around this country is in their hands.”

Also, the Senior Pastor of Destiny Revival Ministry International, Godwin Okeke, spoke about churches who promote political candidates. He said that it is wrong and those guilty of it should desist from it.

In his words, “The church should play the role of informing, educating and sensitising, not supporting a particular candidate. They have the duty of exposing what each candidate stands for so that the people will be well informed.

“The church should be the place of education. It is not just a place of preaching and healing. It is also a place for educating people on what to do.

“All over the world, that is what the church does. That is what we do at our branch in the United States. We educate our members on the issues and they will be properly guided to vote.

“The church should be non-partisan because Jesus Christ died for all. A church should bring out the contest and put it on the ground for everybody to see and make informed decisions. That is the role of the church.”

He also spoke of the antecedents of the host. He continued, “The man we are celebrating today is a great man. He has produced many wonderful people. God has used him to mold many lives. 

"I am not only a pastor, I am an engineer and I specialise in telecoms. Whatever I am today, I learnt from him. He pushes people to the limit to get their best.”

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