By Emmanuel Aziken
ABUJAâ€”The General Superintendent of the Deeper Bible Life Church, Pastor William Kumuyi has called on the political class to lessen the cost of running government orÂ as a way of delivery better life to the populace.
Pastor Kumuyi spoke at an interdenominational service to mark the nationâ€™s 49th independence anniversary just as the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark warned that there would no longer be a hiding place for religious zealots in the country. Senator Mark, the nationâ€™s number three citizen represented Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan.
In his message to the congregation, Pastor Kumuyi affirmed that the global economic meltdown could not be blamed for the poor state of the nationâ€™s economy, reiterating that the burden in the country was already being felt before the economic meltdown commenced.
He particularly frowned at the poor state of the nationâ€™s infrastructure, noting that 40% of the populace was without electric power supply while 75% of the nationâ€™s 34,000 kilometers of federal roads were in disrepair.
While charging the leadership to refocusÂ priorities away from self, he said: â€œNo one in his right mind would deliberately poison himself. Corruption is a deadly poison to the nation. The anti- corruption crusade should be owned by each Nigerian and we should first purge ourselves from corrupt practices.
Noting the burden on the nation caused by expenditure on the political class, he said: â€œFiscal laxity overheats the economy and scuttles development programmes. Servicing our debt and developing strategy for measurable economic growth can not be ignored without serious consequencesâ€.
Senator Mark in his own remarks at the service held at the Ecumenical Centre in Abuja warned against religious bigotry saying: â€œWe canâ€™t accept religious zealotry; it is a recipe for disaster. We must be tolerance of each others faith.
â€œWe must rise and preach religious tolerance and religious harmonyâ€, he said.
He also urged religious leaders not to use their positions to promote themselves or their interests in society noting that government service should be carried out on merit.