- Christians have been identified as being interested in politics
- This opinion was aired by Bishop Oscar Ossai of City of Refuge Missions International
- Bishop Ossai even argued that churches practice politics more than top politicians in Nigeria
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Bishop Oscar Ossai of City of Refuge Missions International has spoken on the fact that many Christians engage in politics even in churches unknowingly.
Osai said he also delved into the career and was among those who led parties at the dawn of the return to civilian rule in 1999.
The Christian cleric said he was forced to leave the political scene upon noticing the fowl games involved in the election and selection of persons for offices.
Osai, in a recent interview with The Nation, said in as in all places, politics is important in the churches because it is basically about managing scarce resources and distributing them to people.
He, therefore, asserted that, in this sense, politics thrives more in Christian settings than in the office of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aso Rock.
The clergyman argued:
"Church people talk down on politics and I see a lot of ignorance in that because the church itself is totally immersed in politics.
"There is no gathering of two people where there is no politics, even in families. And even in the church, the politics there is more than the politics in Aso Rock (Presidential Villa).
"How do we make sure the greater majority of the people get as much as possible from the resources that are scarce? That is what politics is about."
The Charismatic preacher added that he wonders why people are shocked each time he talks about politics when teaching.
Meanwhile, Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos had opened up on when he started nursing the big dream of becoming the president of Nigeria.
Bakare on Tuesday, February 2, revealed that he was still in secondary when he told his classmates in 1973 that he was convinced of taking over the office someday.
Added to this, the outspoken pastor said as far back as in 1984, he made his intention known to Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and that even before proposing to his wife in 1982, he told her of his ambition.
Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for Legit.ng. He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.