Nigerian politicians have been admonished to imbibe the principles of integrity, honesty and accountability as they seek for the citizens’ support to occupy public offices.
The leader of the Abuja North Stake region of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, President Ibeakalam Eric Mbibi, gave the charge yesterday at the 3rd semi-annual conference of the Church in Kubwa Ward II, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
In a message he delivered at the event, he appealed to the ordinary Nigerians and the political leaders to obey the laws of the land. Mbibi urged the leaders not to depart from the path of accountability and honesty, especially as next year’s general polls approach.
Mbibi said: “Our message is for the people to be law-abiding, peace-loving, forgiving and to have the mind to love and to do those things the Saviour wants them to do if He were here on earth.
“We want our political leaders to be good leaders and to be men of integrity and honesty. If they say one, it should be one. Just like we preach honesty, integrity and accountability, we want them to be like that.
“The church is not a partisan organization, but we encourage our members to obey the laws of the land, which includes that if you are 18, you should obtain a voter card and participate in the political process. If they want to vote or to contest for offices, they should go ahead. But we don’t tell our members where to go or not to go. We allow them to make their own choices,” he said.
He also explained that the objective of the conference was to “help teach members and our friends the purpose of life, and help them understand more about Jesus Christ, his principles like faith, repentance, forgiveness and baptism. Conference like this is an opportunity for our leaders to bring members together and teach them the gospel principles”.
On the spiritual impact of the conference, Mbibi declared that “our members are going home with increased faith in Jesus Christ and better understanding of conversion unto Christ and having faith in Him. It is also about being honest, worshipping him with our whole mind and strength, going to the temple, which is the house of the Lord, to worship him and to make covenants that will help us live a better life here and hereafter.”
The special guests of honour and presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Donald Duke, who stressed the need to halt the country’s slide into despondency, urged Nigerians to shun cash for votes syndrome.
Represented by Mrs. Debbi Oyin, the ex-governor of Cross River State commended the Latter-Day Saints for its outreach programmes and exemplary works which have touched on the spiritual and physical lives of not only its members but other Nigerians.
The Chairman of the Bwari Area Council of the FCT, Musa Dikko, who was represented by his special assistant on Inter-Party Affairs, Mr. Innocent Ogedengbe, appreciated the church for its philanthropic gestures to the community. He appealed to clerics to encourage their members to get the voter cards and elect credible leaders next year.