2023: Politicians should stop playing with our intelligence, says Bishop Isong

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From ANIEKAN ANIEKAN, Calabar

The General Overseer of the Christian Central Chapel International, Bishop Emmah Isong has advised politicians to stop playing with the intelligence of Nigerians.

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Bishop Isong also advised the electorate to take advantage of the new electoral act to see how we can collectively pull the country out of its present predicament.

He made this known in the sidelines of the 8th Bishop Emmah Gospel Isong public lecture which had as theme: “They Desire a Better Country”.

According to him, “Hebrews 11:16 says they desire a better nation, you saw students whose future they are toying with, widows who have no hope, financially, security wise even in the backbone of corruption, we are below average as a nation.

“So we desire a better country, politicians should stop lying to us and playing with our intelligence but in the other hand I blame the Nigerian voters because the politicians are just below  5% of the population, they are not movers and shakers of the polity.

“I think we should cash out on the new electoral law, see what we can do for ourselves and stop blaming the politicians, we can pull ourselves out of this dungeon”, Bishop Isong said.

He added that we should drop tribe, religion, nomenclatures and bring a candidate in 2023 that will bring us out of this mess.

He advised INEC not to bow to pressure by aborting the use of BVAS for the next general elections.

He maintained that it’s wrong to change the goal post right now by not using the BVAS because it will anger people.

“Please never try to change the goal post because it will anger people who are already in suspicion”, he said.

Earlier, Rev. Emmanuel Idu, the guest lecturer said it’s in order to desire a better nation because God created us to always want something better and go forward.

He cited the biblical Nimrod in Genesis who wanted to achieve more than the average person  worked on the development of his skills which was hunting.

“He set the standard for hunting and held the record because he made a conscious decision to be better.

“He decided to excel in what he did and became the yardstick to measure how other hunters were doing”.

He also cited the biblical Cyrus who was a king who believed in human freedom, the desire to do good and be loved by his people.

He said Cyrus desire to study people and ensure they were ok came to the creation of the Cyrus Cylinder which is today the Universal Human Rights.

He argued that every leader should realise that he is there by divine providence, recognise the higher power and always realise that they are working for the people and not the people working for them.

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