The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Nigeria has appealed to the government to respect their worship day by not fixing elections or national examinations on those days.
The President, Northern Nigeria Union Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Pastor Yohanna Harry has said that conducting elections and examinations on these days means denying their members from exceeding their civic right to worship.
Speaking to newsmen in Minna after its North Central Nigeria Men Conference at Brighter International School, Harry said government need to put them into consideration and stop disenfranchising them.
Nigerians have the 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 in which political elections are fixed.
Considering the contribution 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 has to understand the philosophy and grant free worship on Saturday. 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.
Speaking about the Men Conference, he said that the conference is aimed at upgrading the spiritual, intellectual, financial and physical abilities of the men in the church.
He said over five hundred men are attending the conference.