By Demola Akinyemi
ILORIN â€” Kwara State Deputy Governor, Chief Joel Ogundeji, has lamented that kidnapping has now become serious business in some parts of the country and urged church leaders in particular to rescue the nation from the hands of enemies of progress through fervent prayers and thought-provoking sermons.
The deputy governor who bared his mind at the church service held in Ilorin on Sunday to commemorate the nationâ€™s 49th independent anniversary said: â€œWe need to examine ourselves and sit up as people and pray to God to give us a better Nigeria.â€
Ogundeji then admonished Nigerians to stop condemning government but be engaged in constructive criticisms that could pave the way for rapid growth and development of the country.
He also called on religious leaders to cooperate with government in all tiers in order to build the nation, stressing that the success of the nation lies in the hands of all the institutions that make up the society.
Ogundeji, who attributed the successes so far recorded by the Governor Bukola Saraki-led administration to the prayers and support of the clerics, urged the men of God to continue in the same vein to sustain the most cherished peace, harmony and development of not only Kwara State but Nigeria as a whole.
In his remarks, Secretary of the state Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Rev. Cornelius Fawenu, said the type of government that operated in Nigeria was far from being the root cause of the nationâ€™s woes but rather the type of people that inhabit Nigeria.
The clergyman, whose address was entitled: â€œAccepting collective responsibility for nation building,â€ said the reformation of the country required a collective approach, calling on Christian political office holders across Nigeria to be good ambassadors of Christ in their respective callings.
In his sermon, Rev. Father Dayo Atoyebi called on government to always embrace constructive criticisms which he described as impetus for development.