Former representative of Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has reiterated the need for the church to actively get involved in politics ahead of the 2023 general election.
Abe, who made the call while addressing members of City of David International Church, Odani, Elelenwo, Port Harcourt, as part of the society, said whatever happens to society affects the church.
He said: “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 affect 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 and that will include our pastors and 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”.
Abe stated that he attended primary and secondary schools both in Rivers State and then South-Eastern State free of charge because the government was working.
He said: “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 after the civil war, our last brother was born and we were now six.
“But because the government was working; because teachers were promptly paid, inspected and were given a 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 for your support to partner with me in the ‘SMA project 2023’ together, we would be able to give back to society what some of us have benefited in the past”.
Earlier, 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.