By Perez Brisibe
UGHELLI—The Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, HRM Orhue I, has charged Catholic Bishops in Nigeria and their members not to shy away from taking part in elections, urging them to participate fully in the 2019 general election.
Advising the bishops, particularly the Catholic Bishop of Warri Diocese, Most Rev. John Afareha, to encourage his congregation to come out and vote during the elections, the monarch noted that corrupt leaders imposed themselves on Nigerians because those who are supposed to show them the way out through their voting power had refused to participate in elections.
He said: “You (Bishops) are part of the society and as a way of correcting the wrongs in the society, you are expected to participate and do this through your sermons and be involved in any election to elect credible leaders.”
Also speaking on, “Ensuring a corrupt free electoral process in Nigeria,” a don from Delta State University, DELSU, Prof Goddini Darah, noted that it was almost impossible to have a corruption free election in Nigeria because “Nigeria is based on fraud from the beginning,” describing it as “political corruption.”
He said: “How come, of all the censuses conducted in Nigeria, not one has been accepted? All the census figures have been disputed, from 1952 till date, all the figures are estimates.”
Harping on the importance of good governance, Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Tam Brisibe, noted that good governance goes beyond politics and public administration, adding that what makes good governance possible was the presence of structures, processes and procedures to guide the management of any organisation.
He said: “The biggest challenge facing us as a people is that whether in the government or civil society, we tend to build around strong personalities as against strong institutions as human beings come and go but institutions remain.”