Akinde urges Nigerians to support Buhari’s administration
The Diocesan Bishop of Lagos Mainland, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. (Prof.) Adebayo D. Akinde has called on Nigerians irrespective their faith to support the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that regardless of who is in power, God still controls the affairs of all men.
Akinde, who is also the Archbishop of the Province of Lagos, said this yesterday in Lagos, while delivering his presidential address at the ongoing first session of the fourth synod of the diocese holding with the theme: “Thy Hand O God, Has Guided” taken from Isaiah 49:1-2; and Luke 11:10.
He said that whoever is in power is a human agent for which God uses to accomplish His plans and purposes and urged President Buhari and his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to submit to God’s will.
While congratulating the duo, Akinde charged them to rise to the challenges of steering the nation to greater prosperity by adopting policies that will improve the standard of living of Nigerians.
Akinde said: “To go by recent media reports, official corruption and indiscipline remain a serious national problem that must be confronted systematically if the nation is to make any real progress. Recent expose on the scandalous abuse of public funds by top government functionaries makes a strong case for a serious fight against official graft and corruption.”
Admitting that corruption has eaten so deep into the fabric of the nation, the Archbishop, however, said the fight against corruption must not be selective.
According to him, it must serve one major purpose, which is to redeem the battered reputation of this country and re-orientate Nigerians to live by the means of their income and in accordance with the laws of the land.
“Indeed, the government must go beyond these pursuits and put in place an effective institutional framework to enthrone integrity and dethrone mediocrity and graft in all their forms, especially in our public life. No nation can thrive on mediocrity and malfeasance,” he said.
He added that building a strong nation entails putting in place a system that extols the virtues of hard work, godliness, equity, unity and amity amongst the various ethnic and religious components of the country.
“These are the catalysts of democracy and political stability. The government should jettison every appearance of nepotism, tribalism and religious bigotry. Measures should be put in place to check the excesses of religious extremists and ethnic jingoists. Every section of the country should be made to feel a sense of belonging to the Nigerian nation,” he noted.
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