ByÂ AbdulwahabÂ Abdulah
LAGOS â€” The Lord Bishop of the Lagos West Diocese, Rt. Rev. Peter Adebiyi, has said Nigerians must be ready to wageÂ psychological warfare to get out of the present political mess in the country.
Speaking on the national seminar and awards for some distinguished Nigerians coming up today at theÂ the Bishop Vining Church, GRA, Ikeja, Rev Adebiyi said: â€œIt is our (Nigeria) faulty electoral process that makes both our economy and other social life to be in shamble.
â€œWe must wage the war to ensure that our political process is genuinely harmonised and ensure that the political parties do not dictate what we have to do or what transpires to us.â€
The Bishop who highlighted the activities of the diocese since it was created to include initiating programmes to improve the church and the Nigerian society said the church put up todayâ€™s programme for scholars to discuss the way forward on the nationâ€™s economy, especially on the Vision 20:2020.
He said a nation without good leadership borne out of good political / electoral process could not achieve much development, adding that at the inception of self governance in Nigeria, there was decorum in politics, â€œbut today, there is no morality,Â political and moralÂ virtues have been cast into dust bin.â€
He said that was why they (the church) have been advocating the overhauling of the electoral process. â€œWe need a system that is truly transparent. Everybody knew that the system is not transparent. If you know that your vote will not count, why will you go out and vote. To me what we are doing in Nigeria today is a mere deceit. We need to quickly do something before it is too late.â€
Talking about the programme lined up by the church, he said Nobel Laureate,Â Professor Wole Soyinka would join other prominent Nigerians, including Professor Akin Oyebode of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos and Engr Mansur Ahmed to discuss the topic â€œAttainability of Vision 20:2020-Nigeria Political Will.â€
He also said the church is planning to launch a commemorative Diocesan Compendium and Thanksgiving service Award on 15 and November 20 respectively. He noted that the Awards of distinction put up by the church is not limited to the members of the church alone, but to Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in one way or the other.
He said the Diocese has engaged in so many programs to fulfil its social responsibility to the country.