On Sunday in Benin, former President Goodluck Jonathan said he never believed in using temporary political office to punish people. “My conviction, especially when I first entered politics, is that I should not use a temporary privilege, a temporary role that God has given me to punish people,” he said.
When he made the request, he was giving a speech at the 50th birthday celebration of Apostle Charles Osazuwa, President of the Rock of Ages Christian Assembly. People will always be remembered for the legacies they leave behind, according to Jonathan. “Some of the things I did while in office that people still talk about were focused on the conviction that I shouldn’t use my power to cause problems.
“Any place I have been given by divine providence should not be used to cause suffering to others,” he said. “At the age of 50, you have had a big effect on many lives,” he told the cleric. Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki praised Apostle Osazuwa for using the Bible to discuss the country’s current realities and problems in his speech.
“What distinguishes you (Apostle Osazuwa) is your ability and capacity to use and relate the scriptures to the challenges we face as a country today, and to use the scriptures to give hope to the people, especially the youths. Nobody, in my opinion, has been able to clarify things as well as Apostle Osazuwa does the importance of God and the scripture in our modern society.
“When the government fails to help us express ourselves, it is the church and men of God like you who step in and help us pick up the pieces; the government will always be grateful to people like you,” he said. Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, who was also present, praised Apostle Osazuwa for using the church to change people’s lives.
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