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Vote according to your conscience, federal lawmaker urges Nigerians


votersSaki – Ahead of the 2015 general elections, a member of the House of Representatives, Dr Dawari George, on Friday urged Nigerians to vote according to their conscience.

The lawmaker, who represents Akuko-Toru/Asari-Toru Federal Constituency of Rivers, made the call at the 35th Annual Congress of Men’s Missionary Union (MMU) of Nigeria Baptist Convention (NBC) in Saki, Oyo State.

He said Nigerians must exercise their franchise with responsibility and clear  conscience in order to promote good governance.

George, who is also the President of the MMU, expressed optimism that the country would overcome its current challenges.

“These are trying moments for our nation. There are the security challenges in the North-East culminating in the abduction of over 200 girls in Chibok as well as the political tension in the country.

“There are the various strikes as well as the social and economic dislocation arising from unemployment and under employment.

“ This is a reality that requires the church to rise and confront. I can see a better tomorrow despite all the odds facing us. We will overcome in Jesus name, ” he said.

He urged Nigerians to pray for the nation and its leaders while contributing their quota to nation building.

“We should in our little corner uphold probity and accountability because the leaders we criticise are products of our homes, communities and society,’’ he added.

Rev. Dickson Madogbwe, Rev. Israel Olaniyan and Dr Franklyn Nlerum, who all spoke at the forum, admonished members of MMU to uphold righteousness.[eap_ad_2]
Madogbwe, NBC’s Vice-President, Ministerial, said the nation could only be free through righteousness.

He urged Nigerians to be patriotic, saying “we all should start having positive aspiration for leadership while moving closer to God.’’

Olaniyan, NBC’s President in Ogbomoso, challenged members to emulate great leaders like the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo who left enduring legacies.

“Let’s promote integrity and frown at corruption and insincerity.

“ The situation in which the church gives honour to corrupt public office holders is unacceptable and counter productive, ’’ he said.

He also urged clerics to lead the church in positively influencing public policy through advocacy, education and public enlightenment.

Nlerum, the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement in Rivers, described Nigeria as a product of  failed institutions.

He said that a strong institution was crucial in addressing impediments to social interaction.

“We all must be committed to making  institutions  work by embracing righteousness,’’ he said.

The three-day event, which ended on Friday, featured donations to the Global Mission Board, a body committed to mission activities across the world. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]

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