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Governor Obaseki calls for church involvement in politics

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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki reiterated the need for the Church to actively participate in politics to enable them to effectively contribute their quota to national development.

Obaseki gave the charge while addressing delegates of the Fifth National Eucharistic Congress held at St. Paul’s Minor Seminary, Benin City, Edo State.

The congress was organized by the Catholic Bishops‘ Conference of Nigeria under the theme “Becoming the Eucharist we celebrate: a call to live together and serve the weak”.

Catholic delegates from Onitsha, Lagos, Owerri, Abuja, Ibadan, Jos, Kaduna and the host province of Benin were all present at the congress, which took place from Friday November 11 to Sunday November 13, 2022.

Obaseki said, “The church has continued to intervene when government fails. The church goes into communities, acquires land, provides education, health care and spiritual healing to citizens.

“We need help in government and call on the Catholic Church to go beyond the homily and help us govern our country.”

The Governor noted that Nigeria was going through a difficult time and needed the prayers and collaboration of the church to overcome its challenges.

He continued, “God wants us to learn from these challenges that we face as a nation, which is why he has allowed us to get through the problems.

“I have been privileged to hold many positions in this country, in business, government and politics. What is clear is that we can solve the problems we have because God has given us everything we need as a nation to solve them.

“I believe that the Catholic Church has an enormous responsibility. In the world today, the Catholic Church is one of the most organized institutions.

He added, “We are counting on you because we all lament, complain and talk about our problems rather than training ourselves to take practical actions on a daily basis to solve the challenges we face.”

Saluting the Catholic Bishops in the state for their support of his administration, Obaseki added, “Beyond prayers, as you always pray for us, you have taken further steps to ensure our success as a government.”

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