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WE REJECTED 500 MILLION NAIRA BRIBE TO WITHDRAW OUR ENDORSEMENT OF GOV UDOM EMMANUEL – Archbishop Cletus Bassey

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By Osondu Ahirika

 

The Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Christian Assembly, ACA, His Grace, Archbishop Dr. Cletus Bassey, has revealed that, the organization rejected an offer of 500 million Naira to discontinue their Sensitization campaign to mobilize the church to play a major role in the reelection of Governor Udom Emmanuel for a second term in office come 2019.

Archbishop Bassey who is the presiding Bishop of Destiny Missions International church made the disclosure, during the meeting of ACA in conjunction with the Christian Association of Nigeria, held at the instance of Prelate Emeritus Sunday Mbang, at the headquarters of the organization at Ewet Housing Estate in Uyo.

In his message to open the meeting, Archbishop Bassey, advised that in the name of Kingdom’s interest, God’s children should maintain their taste as the salt of the earth. He explained that, as Ambassadors of Christ, Christians have to choose their paths in the attitude we show, respect people, and learn to be trustworthy at all times”.

He maintained that, the Church cannot afford to leave politics to the political class, but must arise and begin, not only to pray, but work hard for, God fearing and righteous leaders to be elected into government to ensure good governance at all levels.

While stressing that, whatever policies or programmes government puts in place affects the church and Christians at large, he explained that, the Fathers of faith have come together under the umbrella of ACA to endorse and drum support for Governor Udom Emmanuel to continue in office, having demonstrated total faith in God and returned the State to God.

Archbishop Bassey revealed that, some unnamed persons have offered ACA 500 million Naira, with another offer of 50 million Naira each, to General Overseers of major churches and SUV Vehicles, among other incentives, for them to drop their support for Governor Udom Emmanuel and also turn around and support them for the future elections.

He however insisted that, the church cannot sell her place, or compromise the truth, no matter the enticement, which he said, will amount to a curse for those who will be deceived to accept it. Archbishop Bassey therefore charged the body of Christ to be alert and ensure that equity, fairness and justice is served by rallying around Governor Emmanuel and supporting him to complete a second term in office to fulfill his vision for the state.

In his remarks, the State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev. Ndueso Ekwerre, charged Christians to continue praying for God to establish righteousness in government, and join forces to ensure that, the State is not allowed to slip into the hands of the wicked.
Rev. Ekwerre commended Governor Emmanuel for choosing to draw close to the church and reiterated the support of CAN for the governor to succeed.

He decried the wanton killings going on in some parts of Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists and herdsmen and called on President Buhari to rein in the attackers and brings them to justice.

The CAN boss urged Christians to be vigilant in get out and obtain their voter cards and ensure that they make their votes to count in the upcoming elections.

Other speakers at the event including Bishop Moswill Umoh, Prelate Prof Isaiah Isong, Rev. Dr. Dode of the Political Science Department of University of Uyo all emphasized the need for the church and Christians to be alive to their civic responsibility of participating actively in politics with a view to ensuring justice and good governance.

The event which witnessed the reaffirmation of the earlier endorsement of Governor Udom Emmanuel for a second term in office also had songs of praise, worship and prayers for the land of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria and the government as highlights of the occasion.
Church leaders from across the State attended the event.

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