Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has advised Christians not to shy away from politics but to actively participate in it.
The governor also urged Christians to stop seeing politics as dirty, if they want to impact society positively.
He gave the advice while speaking at the end of a two-day programme of The Redeemed Christian Church of God tagged, ‘Light Up Bayelsa Holy Ghost Rally’ at the Ox-bow Lake in Yenagoa, the state capital.
In a statement on Thursday, January 28, by his Spokesman, Mr Daniel Alabrah, Diri said that Christians must not remain unconcerned but rather join to influence decision-making for the good of the generality of the people.
He said Nigeria was in dire need of people that would salvage it from its many challenges, adding that the church should not be docile in the face of insecurity, corruption and other vices threatening the country.
The governor stated that under his administration, peace had come to stay in the state and that the days when people resorted to violence to settle differences were over.
Speaking about his achievements, Diri said within two years in the saddle, his administration had changed the landscape through various projects from road infrastructure, educational and health structures to lighting up of the major roads and building of a mega media complex among numerous other projects.
Diri, who expressed joy that the programme coincided with marking his second year in office, declared that his administration had adopted it as part of its anniversary celebrations.
He thanked the RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, for his continued support for his administration.
He said: “You are a good father. So, after consultation, we decided to give you the name “Ebidaowei of Bayelsa,” meaning the good father of Bayelsa.
“Our story as a government in Bayelsa will be better told by you, Daddy G.O. When we were told that you were coming to start the year with us, we opened our arms to welcome you.
“This government will be two years old on February 14. You have been a part of us, supported us, prayed with us and prayed for us. You have continued to support us by coming to begin the year with us.
“As part of our second anniversary celebration, we have adopted this programme. Bayelsa has been lighted up. Bayelsa will not go back to Egypt.
“As your government, we came in 2020 at the time of COVID-19. In 2021, we had some respite and effectively governance commenced.
“Within this short period, our scorecard is on the streets. We have constructed roads. There are between 15 and 20 concrete roads constructed in Yenagoa. We are taking on a big ticket road project from the Ecumenical Centre at Igbogene to Tombia roundabout and later to Government House. We are taking on the Yenagoa to Oporoma road, and by February 14, we will drive from Yenagoa to Angiama.
“We are taking on the other senatorial road from Sagbama to Ekeremor in Bayelsa West. Our desire is that by February, we will drive on tarred road to Aleibiri. Before our government completes its first four years, we will drive on tarred road to Ekeremor.