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At Akinkugbe’s commendation service, cleric warns leaders against greed, selfishness


The Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. George Lasebikan, yesterday warned those in positions of authority in the country against the danger of greed and lust by living in the consciousness that no man lives forever and that death is inevitable.

Lasebikan, who spoke at the commendation service for the late professor of Medicine, Emeritus Prof. Oladipo Akinkugbe, expressed reservations at the selfish attitude of many in leadership positions to life and living.

The cleric said the conduct of everybody must be tamed by the fact that death and judgment are sacrosanct.


The clergyman, who described lifestyle of greed as the shame of leadership in the land, advised on attitudinal change to avoid the wrath of God, noting that COVID-19 is a perfect leveller that teaches mankind that only a thin line separates the poor from the wealthy and those who believe they could amass wealth through hook and crook by depriving others and with the assumption that they could live longer and better were merely deceiving themselves.

He said: “The pathetic situation of this nation tells a story of Nigerian politicians walking in darkness and ignorance thinking that they can deprive other citizens their rights and they alone take everything. Such people forget what the Holy Bible says that ‘a fool builds up riches, he does not know who shall spend it.’

“Prof. Akinkugbe’s life was a thrilling life, one of excitement and versatility. We wished he could be there for us for a long time.”

He, therefore, charged the wife of the deceased, Prof. Folashade, and the entire family, to take solace in the fact that he lived well.


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