Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the deputy governor of Bayelsa State, has urged all eligible voters to exercise good judgment and abstain from the errors of 2015 and 2019.
During the second session of the fifth synod of the Western Izon Diocese of the Anglican Communion, he delivered the benediction at Saint Barnabas Anglican Church in Sagbama.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo highlighted that failure to use smart judgment when casting a ballot in the upcoming general elections will bring more ruin to all aspects of the country’s life.
The Deputy Governor stated that churches should educate their members to vote for the party that will support the unity, security, and economic well-being of the nation rather than spending time in pointless discussions.
He claimed that continuing prior errors amounted to craziness brought on by the proverbial dog biting the same person twice.
He admonished Christians to avoid “sleeping on duty” and urged the nation’s church to awaken from its slumber and start delving into issues in a way that will advance the general good.
He stated that Christians in Nigeria could not afford to remain quiet in the face of the present circumstances and that they should instead take action by carrying out the duties that are expected of them in society, alluding to what happened to the Church in Turkey.
His words, “I am not here to campaign, but the truth is that the mistakes we made in 2015 and 2019, if we make those mistakes again, then we are going to behave like a man who a dog bit twice.
“When a dog bites you once, that dog must be mad; but if the same dog bites you a second time, then probably it is you that is mad because you should have taken caution.
“Are we not sleeping on our duty as Christians? Let the church interrogate itself. The church is too docile and distracted.”
Right Reverend Victor Ebipade Okporu, Bishop of Diocese of Western Izon, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, stressed in his charge that for a successful turnaround in the nation, both the church and the nation must seek divine assistance from the Almighty God.
The Bishop bemoaned the alarming status of the country, pointing to the problems of insecurity, a failing economy, mounting public debt, and decadence in the educational field.
He insisted that it was time for the church to unite in prayer for the nation and seek God’s face.
Several men of God, including the Most Reverend Cyril Odutemu, Archbishop of Bendel Province, and the Right Reverend Funkuro Amgbare, Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Izon, attended the Synod of the Western Izon Diocese with the subject “Help From God.”
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