- Nigerian pastors and Christian leaders generally cannot join politics and maintain their moral purity
- This was the claim of Rev Sam Oye, the lead pastor of The Transforming Church, on Wednesday, October 20
- Rev Oye argued that with the way things are in the church, Nigerian Christians cannot unite before the 2023 elections
Rev. Sam Oye, the founder of The Transforming Church, has challenged Christian leaders in Nigeria, saying none of them can join politics and remain upright.
Rev. Oye said with the way politics is played in the country, no pastor can delve into it without soiling his hands or losing his faith in God.
The cleric added that some Christian leaders cannot be free from blame over the rot in the Nigerian society, Punch reports.
He also argued that the rampant conflict of interest and lack of a united voice will make it impossible for the church to be united before the 2023 elections.
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“The challenge of the Nigerian church is that we are polarised, so we cannot be united between now and 2023 elections. The church cannot be united before 2023.
“We are factionalized, we don’t have a united front, the church is too polarized to put up a common front in 2023 elections. The polarisation of the church is a great threat.”
The pastor added that due to this circumstance, many politicians in the country believe that no one outside their circle can do a better job in terms of governance.
Pastor Bakare speaks after meeting Buhari
Meanwhile, Pastor Tunde Bakare, the serving overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), had given only hints about his discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, October 15.
The Christian cleric who in a video noted that his talk with President Buhari is a secret between them explained that nothing stopped him from contesting in the 2023 presidential election.
Bakare told State House correspondents on Friday after his closed-door meeting with the president that he tabled before the Nigerian leader his future plans.
Speaking further, he said he has pastored his church for 33 years and that it was time to go fully into nation-building which, according to him, was part of his calling.