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Cleric seeks better succesion plan by political leaders


Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan

Onaiyekan to speak on economic recovery

The General Secretary, Bible Society of Nigeria, Dr. Richard Dare Ajiboye, has canvassed a better succession plan by polical leaders. He made the call at the launch of his book in Succession Planning, which took place at the Bible Guest House, Ilupeju, Lagos.

Ajiboye commended Lagos State for maintaining a good succession plan, which has made the state to stand out in the country. He said: “Lagos State has continued to be on the front burner to a large extent, because successors have been coming from the same political party with a common goal to make the state to excel.

“The status quo has been sustained because of a good and effective succession plan that has been strictly adhered to, for which the state deserves to be commended and emulated.”


The cleric lamented that the absence of a succession plan has had adverse effects on the country, which explained the no continuity in governance, 57years after the country’s independence.

He explained that there is a systemic challenge in the country, resulting in leaders pursuing their individual agenda, without caring about thye country’s interest.

Ajibole also canvassed a constitution where the principles of succession are entrenched for intra-and inter-party succession. He recommended extending such plans to all levels of government, as well as adhering to non-tribal sentiments in aspiration to political offices.

The cleric called for the same approach in churches to avoid crisis after the leader and founder has gone. “When a Church or an organisation refuses to have a proper succession plan, the culture in that body would be endangered if an ignorant person is appointed into that position. Succession plan is imperative for every setup, including faith-based organisations” he said.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, is to speak on economic recovery at the 2017 annual lecture of the Catholic Brothers United (CBU).

The theme of the lecture, “Proffering solutions to the current economic recession: The religious perspective” would hold at the St. Agnes Catholic Church, Maryland, Lagos.

It would dicuss ongoing efforts by the Federal Government to turn the economy around and engender the growth of critical sectors of the economy. The CBU conference, the 18th in the series is aimed at using the annual lecture platform to contribute to national development.

According to the President of the CBU, Emmanuel Okoro, the topic is timely, given the sustainable efforts and commitment by the Federal Government to completely exit the country from the existing economic woes.

He said religion could not be separated from the society as it plays an important role in shaping the entire society. “We have had in attendance some former governors including, Donald Duke, Chris Ngige and Peter Obi.

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