By Peter DURU
Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Sunday Ola Makinde has urged Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to brace up to the challenge of satisfying the yearnings of Nigerians for adequate power supply, security, health services and job opportunities.
Dr. Makinde also implored the Acting President to be selfless in his service to Nigerians advising that he should not allow himself to be distracted from the task of governing the country diligently.
On the forthcoming general elections, the Prelate urged politicians in the country to shun the culture of do or die politics in order to safeguard the nationâ€™s nascent democracy.
The Prelate who spoke at the 8th Annual Synod of the Diocese of Apa Methodist Church held at Okobi in Apa Local Government Area of Benue State implored politicians to rather dissipate their energy on enthroning transparency and good governance in the country.
According to him, â€œPolitical office holders in this country should strive to enthroning transparency and good governance in the country and they must always embark on people oriented programmes that will reduce the suffering and pains of the peopleâ€.
The cleric also appealed to Christians in the country to desist from casting their votes for politicians whose records are questionable.
He added that Nigerians must learn to vote credible, godly and progressive politicians in the forthcoming general elections in order to place the country on the pedestal of economic and political growth.
Represented by the Methodist Bishop of Apa Diocese, Rt. Rev. Peter Ikwulono, the Prelate stressed that as a church the people would continue to support the country with prayers and supplications and for the quick recuperation of ailing President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua.
He warned that the Presidentâ€™s ill heath should not be politicized or tribalized pointing out that no mortal is free from sickness and death.
On the ethno_religious crisis in Jos Plateau state, the cleric warned that the crisis should not be allowed to continue unabated insisting that the culprits in the crisis should be brought to book while all measures should be put in place to forestall future occurrence.