Serve with fear of God, Bishop tasks politicians
From Francis Akinnodi, Ondo
The Bishop of the Ondo Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Revd. Stephen Adeniran Oni has challenged politicians to put an end to lips service and work in the fear of God so that the desired change which Nigerians seek could be achieved.
He told newsmen that Nigeria needs faithful leaders who are ready to serve the people without injustice and urged politicians to have a heart of thanksgiving to God.
The Bishop described “impatience as the major cause of corruption and Nigerians are not doing things wholeheartedly, no sincerity, hypocrisy and ulterior motives influence our actions but righteousness is a sure path to success.”
He said Africans leaders were always eager of getting into power by all possible means without the fear of God, as he called for a law to be enacted by the government that would state critically a particular age in which a leader should remain in office.
Speaking on the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria, the cleric who urged christians not sell their votes, advised them to be wary of those politicians he called selfish who may not have anything to offer them.
Insisting that nothing is beyond God to handle, he said Nigeria is a great nation and her potentials must be maximally tapped for her greatness to manifest and this, Bishop Oni said could only be done through the cooperation of all Nigerians.
The man of God maintained that Nigeria was not created to be a problem to herself and neighbours, but loaded with the potentials of a global model and solution provider.
He pointed that love, tolerance and peace are virtues the true christians and Nigerians in general should not compromise, positing that making these permanent habits will go a long way in making the state and the country a better one for all to cohabit.
On the security challenges currently facing the country, he lamented over the trend, describing it as worrisome as he called on the government at all levels to unite together in order to tackle the menace.