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Cleric tasks Jonathan on electoral reform

By Kolade Larewaju
CATHOLIC Bishop of Abeokuta Diocese, Revrend Adewale Martins, Sunday said the issue of electoral reforms was of paramount importance to Nigerians and urged President Goodluck Jonathan, to ensure that the reforms were in accordance with the Justice Uwais report.

Bishop Martins in an interactive session with newsmen after this year’s World Communication Day celebration,  said the expectations of Nigerians from the President were very high and that people must assist him in getting things done rightly.

He said: “I know that the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, will find an opportunity to make its observation and expectations known to the President because the expectations of the people are high and people must assist him. The Catholic Bishop’s conference had made a representation to him as Acting President and I was part of the delegation and we spoke to him about electoral reforms, security of the nation and education. The nation expects that the reforms by Uwais should be adopted and implemented and the National Assembly should pass it. I believe that if the problems of elections are solved, all other things will follow.”

Earlier in his sermon, Bishop Martins, enjoined journalists to continue to strive to make the nation better and noted that the democracy the nation was enjoying today was through the efforts of journalists who he said, insisted that things are done right.

He said, “journalists are the architects of the democracy and freedom we have because of their insistence that things must be done right. You must continue to press for the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill.”


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