By SAM EYOBOKA
President of the National Christian Graduate Fellowship (NCGF), Dr. Samuel Itina, has challenged Christians to ini-tiate the process that would herald the changes they desire to see in the nation.
Addressing members of the fellowship mostly from the academic community, recently at the 39th conference of the NCGF in Onitsha, Anambra State with the theme “Let us rise and build”, Itina opined that Nigeria will change when Christians mirror the changes they believe to take place in every sector.
Lamenting the precarious state of the nation, he charged members to build the nation and the individual Christians.
Turning the rising spate of insecurity in the nation, Itina regreted that the Islamic in-surgents, Boko Haram are gett-ing more emboldened by each day that passes.
“They pick at will any target where they destroy lives and properties. And they have advanced to the nation’s capital and are threatening to spread to other parts of the country,” he stated.
He also observed the fre-quent attacks by Fulani herds-men on innocent Nigerians in different parts of the country also call for concern.
The NCGF boss also picked holes in the nation’s anti-corruption drive, warning that endemic corruption as well as increasing cases of kidnapping, politically motivated assassin-ations and armed robbery, easily threaten the corporate existence of the nation.
United States-based Nigerian Professor of Analytical Chem-istry, Prof. Vincent Anigbogu, was of the opinion that Nigeria cannot afford to have leaders that work so hard to build and not preserve it.
Speaking on “The church and nation building,” Anigbogu said Nigeria needs leaders with foresight, stressing the need for Christians to get involved in nation-building.
“If you leave God to do what you are supposed to do, you are irresponsible”, he stated, add-ing that prayers won’t change principles or bring about constitutional review necessary to foster development or change.
He therefore advocated for adoption of biblical principles for national transformation.
Anigbogu said conscious efforts must be made to develop human capacity to produce the kind of leaders desirable for the kind of change the nation desires.
According to him; “Christian leaders and followers alike must desist from running after government officials and politicians for the purpose of self gratification.
“Desist from making money your God. Christians must ensure that they discourage corruption instead of fanning the embers of corruption.”
The immediate past president of NGCF and member of the Governing Council University of Benin, Prof. Vincent Iyawe, said Christians need courage, boldness, commitment and seriousness to rebuild the nation.
Aso Rock Chaplain, Rev. William Okoye urged Christ-ians to begin the process of producing policy makers and implementers to change the nation for good.
“The Church must raise men and women of character that will carry out this duty,’’ he stated.