Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has urged Christian youths to embrace the
biblical principles of honesty and integrity, which he described as the bedrock
to success in politics and good governance.
NIMASA DG who spoke at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Youth Conference tagged IGNITE with the theme; “Taking Territories” urged them to
work hard and embrace peace rather than violence in order to take charge of
Peterside whose message was focused on “Taking Territories Politically”, said
that a territory is not limited to a geographic area under a common ruler but
includes any sphere of influence under a particular leadership or jurisdiction,
adding, that there are spiritual, geographic, economic, political, social and
other territories. He noted that the political territory is the most important
in physical spheres, as it shapes what happens in the other territories.
In his words: “There are seven
important principles for anyone who desires to take charge of his territory. He
or she must have a mental picture of the territory he wants to take charge of,
he must have a precise vision, and the vision must produce passion which will
give you focus and sustaining energy. The individual must be prepared to
overcome resistance as there will always be competition for territories. You
need people, because nobody goes alone to take territories.”
further, Dakuku listed other principles to include a new attitude, ability to
adapt to change, acquisition of new skills and absolute faith that you already
have the territory. Accordingly, he stated that these principles that are all
biblical apply to taking political territories as it does to other territories.
territories, the government or political territory is most strategic and that
government is perhaps the most important human institution to change the
society”. He said anybody who gets involved in politics following the
biblical principles of taking territories will succeed.
admonishing the youths against seeing politics as dirty, Dr Dakuku urged them
to get involved so that the nation’s political landscape will have more God
fearing and visionary leaders.
Also speaking at the event,
Pastor J T Kalejaiye, the Special Assistant to the General Overseer of the
Redeem Christian Church of God on evangelism who spoke on taking territories
spiritually, urged the youths to be more dedicated to God.
Emmanuel Emefienim, an award winning banker with Sterling Bank who spoke on
taking over territories economically noted the need for adequate knowledge of
the territory economically. He said prayer and fasting cannot take the place of
planning and hard work. In his words “If you want to take over economically you
must have the right mindset. You must fight to take over.”
Other speakers at the conference
which held simultaneously in Port Hacourt, Abuja, Lagos and Mombasa Kenya with
an audience of over twenty thousand people, were; Pastor J.F. Odesola, Pastor
Peter Amenkheinan, Pastor
Thomas Etuh and Pastor Emefenim.