By Emmanuel Aziken
ABUJA—The General Superintendent of the Deeper Bible Life Church, Pastor William Kumuyi has called on the political class to lessen the cost of running government or  as a way of delivery better life to the populace.

Pastor Kumuyi spoke at an interdenominational service to mark the nation’s 49th independence anniversary just as the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark warned that there would no longer be a hiding place for religious zealots in the country. Senator Mark, the nation’s number three citizen represented Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan.

From right: Senate President, Chief David Mark; Pastor William Kumuyi, General Superintendent, Deeper Life Bible Church and Archbishop John Onaiyekan, President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, at the interdenominational service for Nigeria's 49th Independence Anniversary, at the National Ecumenical Centre, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

In his message to the congregation, Pastor Kumuyi affirmed that the global economic meltdown could not be blamed for the poor state of the nation’s economy, reiterating that the burden in the country was already being felt before the economic meltdown commenced.

He particularly frowned at the poor state of the nation’s infrastructure, noting that 40% of the populace was without electric power supply while 75% of the nation’s 34,000 kilometers of federal roads were in disrepair.

While charging the leadership to refocus  priorities away from self, he said: “No one in his right mind would deliberately poison himself. Corruption is a deadly poison to the nation. The anti- corruption crusade should be owned by each Nigerian and we should first purge ourselves from corrupt practices.

Noting the burden on the nation caused by expenditure on the political class, he said: “Fiscal laxity overheats the economy and scuttles development programmes. Servicing our debt and developing strategy for measurable economic growth can not be ignored without serious consequences”.

Senator Mark in his own remarks at the service held at the Ecumenical Centre in Abuja warned against religious bigotry saying: “We can’t accept religious zealotry; it is a recipe for disaster. We must be tolerance of each others faith.

“We must rise and preach religious tolerance and religious harmony”, he said.
He also urged religious leaders not to use their positions to promote themselves or their interests in society noting that government service should be carried out on merit.


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