March 31, 2023 11:16 pm

Christian participation in politics is divinely mandated – Chief Sam Onuigbo… Encourages Youths not to engage in sweeping statement

The All Progressives Congress, APC candidate for Abia Central Senatorial district, Chief Sam Onuigbo, has described the participation of Christian Youths in politics as divinely mandate.

This he said was in a positive attempt to correct the impression held in some quarters that the active engagement of Christian Youths in politics will drag the Church through ‘Uncharted waters’.

Speaking in Umuahia on a topic, “Christian Youths and Politics in Nigeria: A Contested Terrain”, during an Interactive Town Hall session with the Nigeria Christian Youth Forum, NYCF Abia Central, Chief Onuigbo buttressed that Christian Youths’ role in politics begins with obeying the simple rules and regulations of the nation and their participation is also expected to challenge the exhibition of a Christ-like nature in the nation’s polity and or governance.

A cross section of the NYCF members during the event.

Onuigbo who maintained that the youths remained the future of Nigeria, seized the opportunity to reel out his efforts to redefine leadership over the past seven years at the National Assembly, as the member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency.

“I have done so by standing out in the crowd. I was a member of the twelve-man technical committee that crafted the Electoral Act 2022 in its final stages, which has brought the much heralded sanity into our electoral process. My climate change bill, which is now the Climate Change Act, is celebrated nationally and internationally.

Onuigbo who insisted that there is the necessity to engage with the youths and make appropriate investments in their development in order to have quality leaders of tomorrow, also said, “I have attracted youth and women empowerment programmes to my Constituency such as small poultry farming; fish farming; snail farming and skills acquisition”.

Onuigbo who also perceived Christian Youths to be good men and women, encouraged them not to engage themselves in sweeping statement but to actively play their roles in choosing good leaders, who will in return deliver dividends of democracy in order to ensure continuity.

“The general elections of the 25th February and 11th March 2023 present you with the opportunity to choose quality leaders. It is no longer about political parties, but the candidate’ character and achievements. I urge you to embrace good governance”.

Bro. Eugene Okonta (left) interacting with Chief Sam Onuigbo

Earlier, the NCYF Abia State Chapter President, Mr. Eugene Okonta whose address was read by Mr. Johnbosco Chukwuemeka appreciated Onuigbo for being the first politician in the present political dispensation who had considered it very important, to call the Forum to an interactive session.

Okonta, who pointed out that the Forum is an assemblage of Christian Youths from different denominations within the state, with the sole aim of bringing the youths together, under an umbrella and also to contribute their quota towards enthroning good governance in the society, congratulated Chief Onuigbo on the Supreme Court judgement which ruled in his favour as the duly elected APC candidate for Abia Central Senatorial district.

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