By Olayinka Latona
PRESIDENT and Pastor-General of Rhema Christian Church & Towers, Bishop Taiwo Akinola has taken a swipe at a statement credited to an American Senator, John McCain, who referred to President Goodluck Jonathan as “a guy called Goodluck.” Bishop Akinola said such a statement is condemnable and unacceptable.
The bishop said this at a state of the nation address and the church’s preparation for its annual “Rhema Friends’ and Family Day scheduled for Sunday at the church cathedral, Rhema Christian Church & Towers Otta, Ogun State.
Akinola said the current security challenges and other issues confronting the country should not give United States licence to insult President Jonathan; noting “why would the American under-secretary need to insult us because the US government offered to assist us in the unfortunate scenario of the abduction of our girls?
“What has critical corruption talk got to do with tracking of the abducted girls? Why should Nigeria’s problem become a subject of public discussion in the American Senate? Why should Senator John McCain refer to our President as “a guy called Goodluck”? Are all these part of lending hands to find the abducted girls? It is my belief that seeking the US assistance should not make us candidates for insults and demeaning comments.”
Urging Nigerians to uphold national integrity and embrace patriotism, the bishop said it is disheartening to see some of the comments about Nigeria by Nigerians on social media, stressing the need for Nigerians to desist from making a caricature of the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria hence no one should be allowed to speak of it so disparagingly.
Akinola is, however, optimistic that Nigeria would overcome its woes, saying that there is light at the end of the tunnel; “Nigeria would emerge stronger and play leading roles in the comity of nations.”
On the forthcoming 2015 general election, Akinola advised Nigerians to prayerfully choose leaders who will be bold enough to do the needful for the masses and actualize the God-given potentials of the country. He also urged Nigerians to join hands together to tackle indecurity in every part of the country, stressing that the issue of national security should go beyond government alone.