Why Nigerian churches aren’t ready for politics- Bishop Ossai



Wilson Adekumola


General Overseer of the City of Refuge, Lekki, Lagos State, Bishop Oscar Ossai, has charged the to wake up and live up to its billing as a agent of change noting that the problems Nigeria is facing today is due to the disunity in the church.


He said the problem Nigeria is facing today can be attributed to the disunity in the church and the lack of understanding among church leaders.


The clergyman stated, “The church has the presence, the financial capacity and the manpower to cause a change in Nigeria and make the desired impact that we are all clamouring for. But we are not making use of what we have.


“Rather, our leaders are busy building their individual empires and expanding their territories. There is so much selfishness in the church, especially among leaders and it is having a negative impact on Nigeria.”


He stressed that the challenge has been self-centeredness adding that every church leader wants to take credit for all they do.


He said,“We want to take the credit. That is why we can’t get leaders to come together to push a particular cause.”


While explaining that the church is the only hope of Nigeria, he said, “This is the only remaining institution in Nigeria that could drive a change. The church has a formidable structure that can galvanise political support and give backing to credible politicians that will make an impact.”


The claric who is worried about the reactions of the church to the situation of the country asked: “How can we have churches with 150,000 congregations, 200,000 congregations and yet the country is not feeling our impact? Why is it difficult for us to impact the grassroots?”


He noted with magnitude and statistics of churches, Christians should be in the helm of affairs showing the political direction of the country.


“But unfortunately, we are not doing that. Instead, we have even become prey in the hands of corrupt politicians.


“Our leaders should be seen to be taking positions and not hiding behind a finger. We need to take a position for once for Jesus to liberate this country.”


Ossai, who is also the Convener of Centre for Values, Change and Initiatives disclosed that the church is not ready for politics, so it can’t take the leadership role.


“What I know is that the church as a body is not ready for politics. We don’t know the meaning of being called the light of the world and the salt of the world.”


He said some church leaders think God organized the church just to perform miracles and deliver prophecies. “That is far from the truth. Miracles and prophecies are just by the way. God instituted the church to make the kingdom of God a reality on earth. It is about the kingdom of peace, righteousness and joy in the Holy Ghost.