By Simeon OSAJIE
The 2020 All Progressives Congress, (APC) governorship candidate of the Edo State elections, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has said that politics in Nigeria is seen to be dirty largely because many good politicians have allowed the eggs to be in it and dominate it.
In an interactive session with newsmen to mark his 60th Birthday ceremony, Pastor Ize-Iyamu said, “When you have bad people in politics, the system will be bad. It is true that in Nigeria, politics is seen to be very dirty. It is so because, we have allowed the wrong people to be in it. So basically, because good and decent people do not participate in politics that is why we are facing what we are facing”.
“The truth of it is that for a long time, there have been quite some wrong teachings among us Christians. In the past, there was this wrong teaching about poverty, that rich men cannot make heaven only poor people will. So, a lot of Christians will shun good jobs and say no; if I take that job, I will not make heaven.
“But later, they realized that there was no scriptural basis at all for such belief. When Jesus talked about how hard it will be for a rich man to make heaven, he was just referring to those who carry riches above the things of God, not that rich men cannot make heaven. Rich men can make heaven if they use their wealth in a manner that will please God. In fact, your riches can actually guarantee you heaven if it is well used”.
The ordained Minister of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, said, “It is the same thing with politics. You say, ah, no, Christians should not be involved in politics but it is through politics that leaders emerge. Are you saying Christians should not be leaders and yet politics and the actions of the leaders affect our daily lives?”.
He argued that as the nation prepares for the 2023 general election, one of the many ways Christians can participate in politics is to register as voters, own a valid PVC and be ready to vote for good, tested and credible candidates.
“It is time that we take the bull by the horn and be active in politics to reverse the system. As the Bible puts it when the righteous rule, the people are happy”, he said.
On why he ventured into politics, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu said, “It is because I am concerned about the situation of our state and the condition of our people. And that is because no matter the much you do as an individual you can only scratch the surface. The only institution that has the capacity to contribute meaningfully to the welfare of many is the government. Government is the custodian of our commonwealth. So anybody with such passion like mine must be in government so that our commonwealth is used for the good of more people”.
Meanwhile, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who shares the same birthday with his wife, Professor Idia Ize-Iyamu, has said that there is an urgent need to save Edo State; “We need to save our state. I believe that we can make Edo better and greater than it is presently, so that our children can agree to live here and in turn help in contributing their own quota to the growth and development of our state”.