National Vice Chairman (South-South), Action Congress of Nigeria, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Wednesday, called on clerics and other men of God to participate actively in politics.
Ize-Iyamu, who flayed clerics absence in politics, said their involvement would help to uplift the quality of governance in the country.
Speaking ahead of the conferment of an honourary doctorate degree on him and four other Nigerians by the Benson Idahosa University, the ACN chief said it was erroneous for clerics to shy away from governance.
He said, “For me, the more Christian people come into government, the more chances of Nigeria liberating itself from the darkness that we have seen now. But if we continue to leave politics because we think it is dirty, then we should be ready to continue to remain in the dark.
“The nation’s realistic growth and development must hinge on positive encouragement of decent men to hold public offices.
There is an urgent need for improvement and therefore it is expedient that Christians participate actively in decent politics, devoid of corruption, thuggery and other forms of criminality, in order to improve the living standard of the people.”