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Use your second coming for service, not vengeance, cleric tells Fayemi

By Muyiwa Adeyemi (Ibadan) and Ayodele Afolabi (Ado-Ekiti)
22 October 2018   |   3:18 am
Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Reverend Felix Ajakaiye, has advised Governor Kayode Fayemi to use his second coming to offer service in the state and not for vengeance. He also urged him (Fayemi) to appoint committed and trustworthy people to various positions so that they could help him deliver quality service and better the lot…

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi; his wife, Bisi Fayemi; Deputy Governor, Bisi Egbeyemi and his wife, Margaret, during the thanksgiving mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Ado-Ekiti…yesterday.<br />

Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Reverend Felix Ajakaiye, has advised Governor Kayode Fayemi to use his second coming to offer service in the state and not for vengeance.

He also urged him (Fayemi) to appoint committed and trustworthy people to various positions so that they could help him deliver quality service and better the lot of Ekiti people who earnestly await dividends of democracy.

Ajakaiye gave the admonition yesterday at a Thanksgiving Mass held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ado-Ekiti, as part of activities to mark Fayemi’s inauguration.

He also urged Fayemi to put an end to government sponsorship of people to holy pilgrimages, which he said, was being used by some individuals for their selfish ends.

Describing Fayemi and his deputy, Bisi Egbeyemi as a “united team and co-travellers in the journey of restoration,” Ajakaiye said they need patriotic, committed and trustworthy people who will assist them to lift Ekiti higher.

“This is your second missionary journey, it is not a vengeance mission because vengeance belongs to God. The journey of restoration is not a journey of vengeance, so appoint the right persons to position because we will hold you accountable.

“Appoint the right people in the right places. Don’t appoint somebody that will be more powerful than you are, don’t appoint people that will be dropping your name that the governor has said this or that.

Responding, Fayemi said there are huge expectations in the state, adding that some people believe that the challenges of the state will disappear immediately.

He promised to listen to people and carry them along in every step he takes, promising to diligently serve all Ekiti people irrespective of political, religious affiliations and other differences.

Meanwhile, founder of the Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), has lamented the deplorable state of federal roads, lack of rail line and airport leading to the university town.

He said if provided, these would enable Nigerians to benefit from the institution’s newly opened multi-system 400-bed hospital.

Babalola, therefore, appealed to the Federal Government to revisit the Ekiti Airport project earlier approved for the state in 2009 for the benefit of all Nigerians who would benefit from the quality healthcare delivery, as well as the quality and functional education at the university.