- The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has advised Nigerian youths to refrain from violence and crime especially as the 2019 elections approach
- Precious Akingbade, the national young adults and youths pastor, said that Nigerians should not be used by politicians to thwart a free flow of electoral activities
- Akingbade urged the federal government to come up with key programmes that will educate and empower youths in the country for self-development
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has called on Nigerian youths not to allow themselves to be used as thugs or for violence by politicians during the 2019 elections.
Precious Akingbade, the national young adults and youths pastor made the call at the Master’s Place, FCT Province 1 Headquarters on Sunday, May 27, in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The annual church program was tagged ‘SHIFT’ with the theme: ”The Passion to Profit’’. Akingbade said that election should not be a place where the youths would exhibit unwanted attitudes but love and peace.
He said: “No young people should be a tool or weapon in the hands of political weep to cause confusion. They use them and they dump them so awareness for peace should be the order of the day.”
The pastor explained that the essence of SHIFT was to curb the youths from bad habits of addiction in different categories, adding that addiction must not necessarily be in form of hard substances.
He, however, called on the federal government to key into training and empowering the Nigerian youths as the church was already practicing that.
Pastor Jacob Obaro, the assistant national youth pastor, SHIFT, said that the programme was salvation based and it was an initiative of young people in the RCCG to be on the right path with God.
Obaro said that the programme was in different categories that the youths would come together to perform, exhibit inventions and innovations. He informed that there were so many passions that do not bring positive profits to the youths and so they are called to come and experience SHIFT.
Obaro, however, called on the federal government to educate and empower the young generation to have some ability and the opportunity to explore. The youths should given a chance and opportunity so that they will not be hovering in obscurity.
He said: “We have too many unemployed youths in this country and so, I am calling on the government to train and empower the youths."
The annual event was to bring unemployed youths together to be able to showcase their talents in various ways. Then, successful youths would be empowered following the SHIFT programme.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that as the 2019 general elections approached, Most Reverend Asefila Abidoye, the spiritual father of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church worldwide, had said that the elders had failed Nigeria, and urged the nations’ youths to take over the mantle of leadership.
The 98-year-old spiritual father made the comment on Tuesday, April 24, during a chat with journalists at his church’s international headquarters, Galilee Land, Orile Igbon, along Ogbomoso/Ilorin expressway.
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