As the 2023 elections draw near, Christians should keep an eye out for characteristics of leaders who are God-fearing, particularly candidates who have respect for the rule of law, justice, and fairness for all, including respect for religious and ethnic diversity, according to Reverend (Dr) Abraham Dimieus, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bauchi State Chapter.
At the sixth CAN Carol Service of Nine Lessons, held at the ECWA GoodNews Church in Bauchi with the theme “O Come Let Us Worship The King (Matthew 2:2),” Dimieus urged Christians to be on the lookout for these virtues.
He emphasized that 2023 will be special because it will be an election year, which will be marked by a great deal of uncertainty. He challenged the church in Bauchi to use wisdom in order to emerge from the elections strong and successful.
He emphasized that Christians must choose leaders who fear God, are honest and trustworthy, including loving Nigeria above self, and that CAN as an organization had no political party that it is supporting both at the federal, state, and local government councils.
Such a leader, according to him, must also be physically and mentally sound, as well as a fervent Nigerian patriot.
Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, governor of the state of Bauchi, was praised by the CAN Chairman for his “exemplary leadership” and “promotion of peaceful coexistence” in the state.
“The cooperation between the Christians of Bauchi State and Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed's administration is fantastic.
“The Christian community in the state has never had it so good as it is under the present administration, I say this because the church is at peace with the administration, “the CAN chairman stated.
Dimieus also admonished all Christian political appointees serving in the administration to represent the Christian community well by shunning acts that will bring the name of Jesus Christ to disrepute.