Keep our Sabbath days holy: Adventist Church
By Obinna Unaeze
Minna, Aug. 24, 2018 The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Nigeria has appealed to the Federal Government to recognise Saturdays as sacred days for members of the church nationwide.
The President of the Northern Nigeria Union Conference of the church, Mr Yohanna Harry, made the appeal after the North Central Nigeria Men’s Conference of the church, held in Minna.
Harry said the church regarded Saturdays as Sabbath or holy days and that national elections, examinations and other national activities should not be fixed on such days to enable members of the church to participate in such activities
“Conducting elections and examinations on Saturdays means denying our members their civic rights to worship.
“Government needs to put us into consideration and stop disenfranchising us.
“Nigerians have freedom of worship, they are supposed to be free to worship the way they want.
“It has become a thing of concern to our members to worship as our day of Sabbath is usually the day when political elections are fixed.
“Also examinations are often fixed during these days and our students suffer so much because of their inability to worship God, due to the fact that they write examinations on these days.
“Considering the contributions of the church to the economy, the government should listen to our plea and conduct elections and examinations on other days apart from Saturdays.
“The government should understand our philosophy and grant us free worship on Saturdays.
“We are being disenfranchised because we have the right to worship on any day and government needs to respect that and give us our right.”
The cleric said the conference was put together to upgrade the spiritual, intellectual, financial and physical abilities of men in the church.
He said that over 500 men in the church were attending the conference, which would end on Aug. 25.
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