By Olayinka LATONA
Dean of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and the archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, Most Rev. Ephraim Adebola Ademowo has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to brace up to the challenge of satisfying the yearnings of Nigerians for adequate power supply, security, and health services. He also listed agriculture as one of the cardinal points for the coming administration.
Speaking at the official dedication of Bishop Tugwell Memorial Church, Lagos altar and chapel, generator and air-conditioners, Ademowo also implored politicians to dissipate their energies on the need to enthrone trans-parency and good governance in the country. Continuing the archbishop said political office holders in the country must always embark on people-oriented programmes that will reduce the suffering and pains of the masses.
He also enjoined the president to be selfless in his service to Nigerians, advising him not to allow himself to be distracted from the task of governing the country diligently.
According to him; “there is need for the Federal Gov-ernment to do something definite about electricity supply because the people are frustrated and restless.
On security, he argued that something should be done urgently. He also emphasised on agriculture, saying mechanised farming should be encouraged; “it is shameful that Nigeria imports rice from Thailand, beans from Burkina Faso and ice fish from Sweden and China. All these items can be produced here in Nigeria.”
The bishop also commended the efforts of the Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, saying that other state governors should emulate the good works that he is doing in the state.
The cleric also challenged Christians in the country to desist from being chameleonic Christians who change with the system but rather show good examples and demonstrate the Christ’s character in their everyday doings.
In praying for the nation, Archbishop Ademowo appealed to Christians to pray for those in authority, reminding them that when they pray, doors open.