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Don’t contest 2011 election, Okogie advises Jonathan


The Archbishop of Metropolitan See of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has told President Goodluck Jonathan to jettison any plan to contest next year’s election.  He wants the President to concentrate instead on stabilising the nation.

He spoke at the opening of the 1st Africa/Madagascar Divine Mercy International Congress & 7th Divine Mercy National Conference at the Marian Shrine, St Agnes Catholic Church, Maryland, Lagos, Friday with the theme: “Divine Mercy, The Greatest Attribute of God.”.

According to Okogie, President Jonathan should focus on two or three of the 7-point agenda propounded by his predecessor, the late Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua, adding: “The president has not even sat down and they are saying he must contest, He has barely a year to go. He should look at the 7-point agenda, there are two or three things he can do, concentrate on that. Then sit back and hear what the populace would say, after that he can now come in and contest. As it is now, even if he gets into the Presidency, the same people who are calling on him to contest will destroy him.”

He, however, said if Jonathan would excel in the areas of education and power generation, the president should not bother to campaign because the citizenry would vote for him overwhelmingly.

On the 50th Independence celebration, the Cardinal said there was nothing to celebrate and declared that the amount earmarked for the celebration should have been channeled into areas like education, Niger Delta, power generation which are begging for attention.

In his keynote address, the Catholic Archbishop of Minna, Most Rev Martin Igwe Uzoukwu and National Promoter of the Divine Mercy Devotion in Nigeria said Nigerians needed to totally submit themselves and the nation to the mercy of God, adding: “We need to open up ourselves to the flow of the divine mercy, so that our nation, which has been miraculously sustained by God’s mercy, will take its divinely planned course to proper nationhood.”


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