By FESTUS AHON & GODWIN OGHRE
UGHELLI— FORMER Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), weekend, charged religious leaders in the country to always speak the truth. He admonished those in government to improve the country’s quality of leadership.
Gowon insisted that it was the only way to achieve national unity and development, noting that the church must reinforce the teaching of moral instruction from the cradle.
In another development, Gowon has commended the Urhobo for their support during the Nigerian civil war.
He said, after being conferred with the chieftaincy title of Ekue’ Nigeria egbe re’ovie’ of Ughelli Kingdom, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, that the Urhobo were very close to him when he was military Head of State.
Speaking during the second Synod of the Anglican Communion, Sapele Diocese, Delta State, with the theme, The Covenant Keeping God, Gowon said unless Nigerian leaders imbibe the doctrine and principles of God, the country would not experience economic, social and political development.
He said: “Obedience and respect for the dignity of fellow humans was the practice in the Bible era when theocracy was the order of the day, when priests and judges ruled based on instructions and laws received directly from God.”
At the conferment award and flanked by former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi and others in his entourage, Gowon said that the Urhobo contributed greatly to keeping Nigeria one during the Nigerian civil war, noting that keeping the country one was not his personal achievement but a collective achievement of all Nigerians.