National president of The Apostolic Church, Nigeria, Pastor Gabriel Olutola has thrown his weight behind the proposal for a six-year single tenure, saying such will save the nation’s economy, reports OLAYINKA LATONA.

Olutola made his position known at a thanksgiving service of the just concluded 35th annual convention of Lagos, Western and Northern Area (LAWNA) which took place at the church headquarters in Ebute Metta, Lagos.

According to him, the six-year single tenure will go a long way to minimise the huge amount of money usually spent for electioneering, adding that it has the capacity of curbing undue bickering for power among Nigerian politicians and god fathers.

In his words: “I think the six-year tenure is better because it will stop wastage of the nation’s resources, especially for conducting election and it will also reduce the influence of political god fathers.

My own opinion is that the six year tenure should be considered because nobody will waste state funds to campaign for a second term”.

Speaking on the state of the nation, Olutola said the major problems ravaging Nigeria include; corruption, poverty, power, rising rate of unemployment and high cost of living.

He therefore tasked Federal and state govern-ments to pump more money into the agricult-ural sector, saying it is pathetic that some Nigerians are wallowing in poverty while the country has a very fertile land.

The cleric said Nigeria is blessed with abundant human and natural resources and the citizens have no business wallowing in abject poverty.

“I urge the government to use its machinery to put in place stable electricity, water, good roads, good educational system and create jobs for the army of Nigerian graduates.

We pray for unity and peaceful co-existence in the nation and these can only come about through sincere and incorruptible leadership at all levels,” Olutola said.

He said his major task as the new national president of TAC is the restoration and unific-ation of the church, stressing that his admini-stration would ensure unity of purpose and spirit of true forgiveness, upliftment of sound doctrines and fulfillment of the great commission to all believers.

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