By Olayinka Latona
LAGOS—The Board Chair of the Christian Rural and Urban Development Association of Nigeria, CRUDAN, Rev. Eric Ighalo and Advocacy Manager for Tearfund Nigeria, Mr. Ben Osawe have challenged Church leaders to get involved in the task of reviving the nation from its current state.
Making the call during CRUDAN annual zonal lecture themed: “The Nigerian Church as salt of the earth and light of the world: Conversation on fostering healing, reconciliation and social cohesion in turbulent national context”, held at Agape Generation International Church, Mende Estate, Maryland, Lagos, Rev. Ighalo stated that it is time for the church to arise, heal the nation adding that the church needs to think of how to invest its strength in bringing back the glory of the country.
The cleric further said the church effort must be scaled-up to include the mobilization of all stakeholders to actively participate in setting and monitoring appropriate people-oriented national development agenda.
In his words: “We owe it a duty and responsibility to guide the masses and kick against series of things that threaten the peace and stability of the nation. There are series of agitations from the north, east and other parts of the country and we have not seen the church coming out as agents of peace and reconciliation, and there had been no advocacy or delegations to these areas.”