The Primate and Metropolitan Archbishop of The Church of The Lord (Aladura) Worldwide and the National Vice President of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), The Most Rev. Dr. Rufus Okikiola Ositelu, has urged leaders to sit up and save Nigeria from value erosion and disintegration.
“Let me use this medium to appeal to leaders of thought in all capacity of leadership in Nigeria to begin to have recourse to the clear-cut vision of Nigeria founding fathers, those who gallantly fought by the reason of sound moral acumen, flawless words of wisdom, prayerful endurance, assertive advocacy, unity of purpose not minding their ethnic diversities. They were to the large extent, faithful, loyal and honest to their subjects.
The German-trained Computer scientist also said Nigeria should wake up and start to chart record-setting cause she’s known for.
“Like I said, the founding fathers had a vision of foods on the table of the masses, 24 hours power supply, enduring infrastructural development, job creation and what have you. But unfortunately, what we have had in the last 50 years has been poverty, infrastructural decay, and epileptic power supply.
“So, I am appealing to the Federal Government and all tiers of government that all hands must be on deck in order to entrench better plans for all nations irrespective of creed, class and ethnic nationalities. Nigeria is our country and the next 50-years should be of great testimonies,” he further said.
Dr. Ositelu, who is the Pope of Aladura Communion, felicitated with the President Goodluck Jonathan on the Nigeria’s golden Jubilee and urged him to write his name in gold by ensuring that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is given total independence to conduct free, fair and credible elections next year.
The Ogere-Remo born Aladura leader stressed the need for special courts for the trial of offences and offender of kidnapping, saying this will go a long way in curbing special crimes which have recently become serious menace.
His words: “It’s a good thing to have laws that will seriously punish kidnappers, electoral offenders, corrupt elements in our society and so on. We also need special courts for these offenders, including corruption (EFCC and ICPC), electoral offenders, kidnappers etc.
“These courts, if put in place, will facilitate the prosecution of these evil perpetrators. Justice must not only be done, but must also be seen to be able to handle special cases as electoral offences and likes as expected of them. Sometimes, in the regular courts, Justice may be delayed as well as encouraged malpractice which may be injurious to the democratic and economic values of our nation”, he stated.
The multi-lingual religious leader said if God keeps record of sin in Nigeria, no one could stand but assures that God himself has been saving Nigeria from all sorts of social political challenges.
“We should not cry over split milk. We should not apportion blame. All needed to be done now is to arise and rebuild. People should go out and register and subsequently vote for Nigerians with impeccable characters, visionary innovations, genuine commitment to deliver and above all, the fear of God. Nigeria’s rebuilding starts from the next year’s General elections.
“Every vote must count! It must not be business as usual. It has to be one man, one vote and one woman, one vote. Tremendous and divine opportunities lie ahead Nigeria but our leaders and the led need to be well positioned in order to leverage upon same,” he said.