The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Nigeria has urged the government to respect their day of worship by not fixing National elections or examinations on those days.
According to the President, Northern Nigeria Union Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Pastor Yohanna Harry, fixing elections and examinations on these days means denying their members from exercising their civic right to worship.
Speaking to newsmen in Minna after its North Central Nigeria Men Conference at Brighter International School, Harry said: “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.
“Also examinations are also 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 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 our philosophy and grant us 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. ”