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Nigeria: Christian group harps on accountability

The newly-elected Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) president, Bishop Ayo Oritsejafor, has tasked the politicians in  leadership positions in the country to be accountable to the people elected them.

He maintained that accountability to the people and fulfilling the electoral promises on the part of leaders presiding over the affairs of the country would go a long way in bringing Nigeria out of its socio-economic and political doldrums.

Bishop Oritsejafor stated this in Calabar, on Tuesday, while addressing a mammoth crowd at the South-South Christians Elders Forum, held at the Christian Centre Chapel International (CCI).

He decried in strong terms the nonchalant attitude of politicians to the interests and welfare of the electorate, pointing out that, “these days our leaders are busy promoting and protecting their individual interests to the detriment of the suffering masses.

“We will find ways of ensuring that people in elective positions are accountable to the people who elected them. In the present day Nigeria, so many of our leaders are no more accountable to the electorate, rather they have become lord unto themselves.”

The CAN president emphasised that the task of nation building was the responsibility of all Nigerians, saying that politicians who are in the driver‘s seat of governance should strive to implement programmes capable of banishing poverty and putting smiles on the faces of the people.