2019: Union urges Nigerians to shun religious sentiments

The Northern Nigeria Union Conference of Seventh Day Adventist Church, has advised Nigerians to eschew sentiments in  voting for leaders, saying credibility and integrity should guide their choice in the 2019 general elections.

The President of the union, Pastor Francis Dariya, made the call on at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Nyanya, , during the ordination of Pastor Adamu Yusuf.

Dariya said peace and socio-economic development of the country should guide Nigerians  in  electing  leaders of proven integrity and unquestionable character.

“No religion should be used in voting leaders, rather, should be prayerful, whether you a Christian, Muslim or Pagan. Let that God will give us the right leaders that will lead this country well in 2019.

politicians will prefer to use religion in order to pave their way but I advise the masses and the entire Nigerians not to allow themselves to be used in that manner because of the consequences of voting along line,” he said.

The president advised the newly-ordained pastor to  preach the message of peace, unity and salvation to his followers and Nigerians for the of the society.

“Let us prepare well for the second coming of our lord, Jesus Christ, by living exemplary lives, inculcating moral values in our children, always thank God and preach evangelism, the message of salvation because evangelism is a means of uniting the church members, Nigerians as well as evangelism brings joy and love.

“The mission of Seventh Day Adventist Church is to proclaim the message of salvation to everyone because of the evil acts in the society, want people to come out of the confusion in the world and to do things at all the time in order to inherit the of God on the last day,” he added.

Dariya also  advised Christians and other Nigerians against unruly behaviour, corruption and other vices so as to inherit the of heaven.

He  urged  the youths to resist the temptation to be used as  agents of destruction and violence and channel their energy toward meaningful and  contributing  their quota to national development.

He described the killing of people in Nasarawa, Benue, and Taraba among other killings across  the federation as “unfortunate”, calling on leaders rise to the challenges by ensuring adequate protection of lives and property.

The cleric emphasised the importance of  peaceful co-existence, obedience to constituted authorities and promotion  of national unity among Nigerians irrespective of differences in ethnicity, faith and backgrounds.

In his post ordination speech, Pastor Adamu Yusuf thanked the executive members and other members of the church for their prayers and support toward ensuring his eventual ordination.

He promised to live above board in all his while preaching the message of peace and salvation to all Nigerians.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that high points of the ordination   were prayers and goodwill messages from friends and well wishers..