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A network of Christian professionals and businesspersons under the aegis of the Africa Kingdom Business Forum (AKBF) has inaugurated its international headquarters in Abuja, pushing for to change the narrative of limited participation in politics by members of the Christian faith.
The forum, which aims to transform Africa, staring from Nigeria, noted the its headquarters with the state of the art equipment will coordinate its activities in collaboration with other organisations mobilising Christians ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Continental Chairman of AKBF, Engr. Steve Olumuyiwa who spoke to journalists at the weekend after the commissioning of the Abuja office, said that the Africa Kingdom Business Forum started off ideologically in 1997 as a market place initiative for the realisation of God’s prophetic plans for the transformation of the nation’s on the African continent through active direct engagement on what he described as the seven influence area or mountains of society.
He noted this was based on the realisation that “in order to see change in our nation, we need to get involved in the day-to-day of what we call the market place in the nation so that we can be part of what is being done.”
Engr. Olumuyiwa, a professional Electrical Engineer and businessman, added that “the only people who can change the society are people who themselves have been changed and that’s why we talk about what we call self-government – someone who knows how to do the right thing whether someone is there or not.
“So, that was where we started. And for us today, it is a joy that finally we’re able to open an office here in the city of Abuja”.
On the specific roles of the Forum in birthing a pro-masses leadership ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Continental Chairman disclosed that the forum will be engaging in “strong advocacy through raising of men and women that will change society”.
He added that the AKBF is organising a masterclass, starting in January as part of “sensitisation and engaging with men and women who are already in active politics; including people in the National Assembly, people in various state Assemblies.
“We want to see how we can reach them so that their worldview can change. I believe that many of these people are tired.
“The old style of politics won’t take Nigeria out of her problems. So, AKBF will be running a masterclass by the grace of God and even though our auditorium here is where we’re going to run the physical class, we have put world class equipment for teleconferencing here.
“We have a website and a module that allows people to join internationally from anywhere around the world virtually so that we can have as many as possible in class.
“It is an eight module class aimed at producing the men and women that we believe are the category of people Nigeria needs.
“Part of it is what we said about stirring people to change the narrative of non-participation. We will do that through speaking to members of the churches. We are working with various institutions; we’re part of the political mobilisation that CAN is doing to help churches and so on to improve Christian participation in politics for change for better”, he said.
Members and key stakeholders at the grand opening ceremony of the AKBF international headquarters were the elder statesman, Barr Emeka Nwankpa, Dr. Tom Okon, Pharm. Iheanyi Uzoma, Rev. Dr. Willy Okoye, Barr. Godwill Iyoke, Dr. Sam Eziokwu, Mrs Remi Olumuyiwa, Mrs Becky Iyoke, Pastor Godswill Davies, Prof Kalu Ndubuisi, among others.