Naija News reports that the clergyman made this call at the church’s monthly communion service on Tuesday.
Oyakhilome also urged Christians to avoid using the candidacy of a ‘born again’ to make their decisions, adding that Nigerians should be wise and not vote based on ethnic influences.
His words: ”I want to say this to you, and it’s very important. Don’t be guided by ETHNIC influences. Be wise! The elections have something to do with your LIFE & your Future.
”Sometimes people are excited about those they want to bring into office. I don’t know whether they ask themselves the most important question. – Are you going to be happy in 4 years time? Do you like a candidate because he is likeable? Or do you want a Candidate because he or his running mate is from your area of the country?
”They are together because of their ethnic origin, but then they decided they are backing a particular party. It’s like Hausa’s would support this candidate, the Igbo’s would support this candidate. Christian’s don’t think like that.
”When it comes to elections, the first thing you think about is about the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST. What would happen to it? Because it is in your hands. Your decision would affect the Gospel. That’s the first thing that should come to your mind. – Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness. That’s priority.
”Now, I don’t in this way mean at all that the candidate that is born again is the right candidate. My knowledge of history has shown me that the Church has suffered most in the hands of supposedly Christians.
”But the guy that generally had the fear of God, and didn’t know anything about being born again, he feared God more and was afraid to do anything against the CHURCH.
”When you have a born again, he was the one that started a regulation against the church. They went into office to do something against the Church like the church was the problem.
”Don’t use the candidacy of a born again to make a decision. Not at all.
”You need a government that understands how to make the economy grow. Because when you elect people into office they are responsible for managing our corporate wealth.”
”Anybody who has never run a business successfully, who has never led people successfully cannot lead a nation successfully.
”You cannot expect someone who has never managed the economy of an organization to manage the economy of a Nation. It is foolishness to think so.
”All the candidates have records. Don’t use records of what other people said about them. Use records of what the country was like,” Pastor Oyakhilome added.
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Meanwhile, Naija News reports that the presidential election will hold February 16 and that Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is hoping to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is seeking a second term in office.