By Ify Abiakam
Representative Nkeiruka Onyejiocha, representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, has made a strong case for Christian women to join politics to make the difference in the political leadership of Nigeria.
Rep (Mrs.) Nkeiruka Onyejiocha made her position known while delivering a paper on “Why Should Christian Women Involve Themselves In Politics?” at the 2021 Annual Regional Convention of Women Foundation Ministry of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), South East Regional V1 headquarters, Amuzukwu, Umuahia.
She contended that God ordained it in the Bible and therefore tasked women to stop shying away from politics.
The theme of her lecture is: “The Flourishing Woman”. The Honourable Member stated that Christian women should involve themselves in politics because God Himself ordained that a woman will be a helper to the man as the man and members of the society need help.
“God is looking for you to deliver our land. Remember you are a caregiver. God is calling you today as a Christian woman, come and make the difference. God requires that you do your work and be the helper you are”.
“You can be in politics and be the Mary everybody is looking for, you can be in politics and be Esther we all desire, you can be in politics and be the Esther that will save the nation, you can be in politic and be the Deborah that will salvage the society”, she declared.
The federal lawmaker maintained that if Christian women shy away from politics “what you get is corruption that you don’t want, underdevelopment that you don’t want, unemployment, killings that we abhor”
The National Assembly Member who read from the book of Esther 5:1-8, opined that if Esther did not make the move, she wouldn’t have saved her people, adding that women must make themselves available so as to affect lives positively.
She therefore enjoined them to get registered and pick their permanent voters cards (PVC) and that it is PVC that determines who will govern them as well as register as members of political parties.
On the notion that men do not support their wives to take up political assignments, the federal lawmaker appealed to men to support their wives to embrace active politics, saying that some women shy away from politics because people believe that such women compromise their bodies for political gains.
“It’s not so at all”, she revealed.
According to her, if Christian women are in politics they would stand in gap for the people and ensure that salaries are paid and developmental projects are carried out for the people, even as she highlighted other benefits of a Christian woman in politics to include making laws that are Christian friendly as well as their ability to affect the lives of the indigent and people of the state positively among others.
She listed seven items every Christian woman must possess to succeed in politics to include determination, humility, hardworking, loyalty, kindness courageous and faith-filled and charged Christian women not to neglect the altar of God in their houses which, according to her, will help to reform the society.
In his admonition at the Church service commemorating the programme, the Regional Overseer of MFM Region 6, Umuahia, Pastor Olugbenga Aramu, asked Christian women to focus on Christ as the pillar of their homes, pointing out that they should ensure that they build a home where Jesus Christ will be the Chief Corner Stone.
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