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Cleric makes case for emergence of good leaders

By Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA—THE Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of Nigerian Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has called for prayers so that good leaders would continue to emerge to steer the ship of the nation.

Archbishop Okoh spoke in Abeokuta on Sunday during a special dinner organised by the Ogun State Government in honour of the Nigerian Bishops who had come to the State for a Special Consecration service.

He said “such good leaders should not just be in governance and politics, but in the church, civil service and the  private sector and indeed all spheres”, pointing out that this was the only way in which Nigeria could be moved forward.

The primate who was responding to the challenge thrown to the church by Governor Olugbenga Daniel, who during his welcome address posited that “the Nigerian society as it is today does not have a role for good leaders and except something drastically happen in the polity, the situation will remain the same. We have a dilemma in our hands and only the voice of the clergy, as the last hope that can save the situation, your voice counts in these challenges

Earlier in his welcome address, Governor Daniel apart from challenging the church to pray for the evolvement of “trustworthy, sincere and hardworking” leaders in the polity also urged them to be mindful of the kind of information they digest from the media.

According to him, most of the negative reports in some sections of the media are politically motivated and simulated by people “who think that it is business as usual” to discredit his government, pointing out that contrary to such reports “in the last seven years there has never been any political assassination in Ogun State while it remained one of the safest in the country.”

He said in spite of the urban nature of the state and paltry allocations from the federation account, “what we are doing is like cracking water from the stone and we have decided that this little money will be used for the benefits of the people. We must continue to stand for good things if we what to make progress as a nation”, he added

Also speaking, the Dean of the Church of Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Maxwell Anikenwa said only good leadership could evolve a better society, pointing out that the footprints of Governor Daniel in the state would remain indelible and serve as a guide to his successors. THE Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of Nigerian Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has called for prayers so that good leaders would continue to emerge to steer the ship of the nation.

Archbishop Okoh spoke in Abeokuta during a special dinner organised by Ogun State Government in honor of the Nigerian Bishops who had come to the State for a Special Consecration service.

He said “such good leaders should not just be in governance and politics, but in the church, in the  civil service and the  private sector and indeed all spheres”, pointing out that this was the only way in which Nigeria could be moved forward.

The primate who was responding to the challenge thrown to the church by Governor Olugbenga Daniel, who during his welcome address posited that “the Nigerian society as it is today does not have a role for good leaders and except something drastically happen in the polity, the situation will remain the same. We have a dilemma in our hands and only the voice of the clergy, as the last hope that can save the situation, your voice counts in these challenges.”

But Archbishop Okoh affirmed that there were many good leaders in Nigeria who were currently facing challenges, but required prayers to continue to forge ahead in politics and good governance and described Governor Daniel as one of such leaders whose government had recorded tremendous progress in the state, urging him not to be deterred but continue to use his wealth of knowledge and experience for the development of the nation.

“I am proud of Daniel for his achievements in Ogun. I have come to this state in the past but coming here now, what I see is transformation. I visited the then old secretariat to deliver a message from my office and coming back here, when I saw the new secretariat which the Governor built, I knew something new is happening here and that edifice is what generation upon generation will appreciate you for.”

Earlier in his welcome address, Governor Daniel apart from challenging the church to pray for the evolvement of “trustworthy, sincere and hardworking” leaders in the polity also urged them to be mindful of the kind of information they digest from the media.

According to him, most of the negative reports in some sections of the media are politically motivated and simulated by people “who think that it is business as usual” to discredit his government, pointing out that contrary to such reports “in the last seven years there has never been any political assassination in Ogun State while it remained one of the safest in the country.”

He said in spite of the urban nature of the state and paltry allocations from the federation account, “what we are doing is like cracking water from the stone and we have decided that this little money will be used for the benefits of the people. We must continue to stand for good things if we what to make progress as a nation”, he added

Also speaking, the Dean of the Church of Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Maxwell Anikenwa said only good leadership could evolve a better society, pointing out that the footprints of Governor Daniel in the state would remain indelible and serve as a guide to his successors.


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