The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has charged the youths to embrace politics and float alliances that can liberate the country from the self-inflicted problems caused by the selfish political class.
The youths are reminded to wake up from their slumber and make use of their potentials by making themselves available in the ongoing political process.
Speaking on THE ROLE OF CHRISTIAN YOUTH IN NATION BUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT, the Director of National Issues and Social Welfare of the Association, Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Stephen T.V. Adegbite who was the Guest Speaker at the inauguration of new leadership of the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YUWICAN) at the weekend asks the Christian youths to be involved in the Nation Building.
“Youths must seek to participate in government, politics and policy formulation. We must shelve aside our responsibilities of joining mainstream politics and forming healthy and progressive alliances among ourselves and participating in all issues of national interest.
“Service and sacrifice to the country and fatherland in the spirit of true patriotism must be a front burner in the heart of every youth. This means the country’s peace, sanity and orderliness should be the utmost desire of every youth. By way of responsibility, the participation and involvement of the Christian youth in nationalisation is mandatory.
“It is also evidence that patriotism is the first trait lacking among Christian youths. For any nation to move forward, the people and most especially the Christian youth must love their country unconditionally.
“All the evil that befall befalls this country, like corruption, terrorism, ethno religious crisis are as a result of lack of true patriotism. If we truly love this nation, we will do anything to protect her interest and we will have in mind that Nigeria is bigger than any individual or institution.”
In his own remark, the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle decries the menace of unemployment in the country despite the potentials of our youths due to lack of visionless leadership and how politicians have been misusing them for selfish reasons.
Said he, “Election is coming, campaign has begun. I call on all our politicians to stop using our youths for violence and electoral manipulations. God has deposited a lot of potentials in our youths with a view to using them as builders of this country. The politicians should stop misusing them. I call on all Nigerian youths especially the Christian youths to shun all electoral violence and manipulations.”
He also reminded those playing leadership roles in the Church to regard their tasks as sacrifices to God instead of seeing their works as channels of enriching themselves.