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Don’t allow anti-corruption war be lopsided – Cleric urges Buhari

Chris Onuoha

Bishop of Abeokuta Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Kayode Odetoyinbo has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow his war on anti-corruption be lopsided. Speaking at the closing ceremony of a three day pastoral visit to St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, Alaja, Ifo in Ogun State, on Sunday, February 14, Odetoyinbo said, “The anti-corruption crusade by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is a right step in the right direction. It is good and I am happy that he is bringing out what everybody has been crying for.

Center: L-R: Very Rev. Mosignor Sylvester Osigweh, Parish Priest, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Ifo;Bishop Kayode Odetoyinbo, Bishop, Abeokuta Catholic Diocese; Rev Fr. Chris Usifo, Asst priest, St. Mary's Church, flanked by newly confirmed Catholic faithul by the Bishop on Sunday February 14 in  Ifo, Ogun State.
Center: L-R: Very Rev. Mosignor Sylvester Osigweh, Parish Priest, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ifo;Bishop Kayode Odetoyinbo, Bishop, Abeokuta Catholic Diocese; Rev Fr. Chris Usifo, Asst priest, St. Mary’s Church, flanked by newly confirmed Catholic faithul by the Bishop on Sunday February 14 in Ifo, Ogun State.

I am also happy that Nigerians are responding. He is opening the eyes of everyone in this country, doing what he is known for which is discipline with integrity. It is encouraging as all Nigerians; both in public and private sector are now called to order.”

Bishop Odetoyinbo who also declared the Church’s upcoming annual business retreat tagged, “Corruption: A threat to people’s faith in God” , added, “I urge President Buhari to inculcate among other things, Christian ideals in his anti-corruption crusade which include, change for compassion, and a change that reflect a better Christian to serve God and the world that would not be perceived with prejudice.”

Also speaking, Monsignor Sylvester Osigweh, Parish priest of St. Mary’s Church and Spiritual Director, Jesus is Love and Power Catholic Healing Ministry, organizers of the retreat, said, “The significance of the ‘2016 Annual Business Retreat’ lecture is geared towards identifying with the government’s anti- corruption drive which has destroyed a lot of people’s faith and confidence in government and has hindered their progress and success in life.

As church operates in secular world, the ill of corruption affects church too. This, we try to address to restore people’s faith in God and government.”


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