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Obasanjo blasphemed, says cleric

By Ola Ajayi
The Catholic Bishop of Osogbo Diocese, Most Rev Leke Abegunrin has condemned the statement credited to the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo that even Jesus cannot conduct a credible election in Nigeria.

The Bishop who described the statement as blaspheme said Obasanjo did not appreciate what God did to save his life in the past, noting that the former president should cast his mind back to his past and appreciate the work of God in his life rather than to blaspheme the name of Jesus.

Speaking with newsmen as parts of activities to mark the 44th celebration of World Communication Day, Bishop Abegunrin said Obasanjo should look at those years God saved him from death and be more reflective in his thoughts, words and actions.

The bishop who spoke through the Director of Social Communication of the Diocese, Rev Fr. Paul Akinyode expressed dismay that a man condemned to death but was saved by God, could turn around few years later and use the name of Jesus to describe the conduct of an election.

This year’s celebration with the theme, “The priest and pastoral ministry in a digital world: New media at the service of the word”, according to Bishop Abegunrin is expected to serve as an avenue for the church to evaluate the role of technology in the discharge of the duty of the priest.

According to him, “the Communication Day is used to celebrate and appreciate the work of mediamen all over the world. It is an avenue for the church to interact with mediamen on how to improve the world. The church is aware of the fact that the media is a tool that could be used positively or negatively, hence the church as the conscience of the society, is always ready to collaborate with the media in the discharge of its duty positively”.

On the state of the nation, Bishop Abegunrin expressed happiness with the present administration of President Goodluck Jonathan especially in his quest towards combating corruption in the country.

He said “the catholic church commends the determination of President Jonathan to fight corruption in the country. It is unfortunate that corruption is ravaging our country such that we are suffering in the midst of plenty. Our resources are wasting away because of corruption, so it is right for the new president to commence the war against corruption. We are solidly behind President Jonathan in fighting corruption”

Bishop Abegunrin further reiterated the stand of the catholic church towards a credible free and fair election in 2011 with a declaration that each vote should count during the general election.


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