Akeredolu tasks Christians on perseverance as they preach Christ
Fagbemi Laments Nigeria Turning To Failed State
The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has enjoined Christians not to relent in their efforts to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ. The governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Dare Aragbaiye, at the First Session of the 14th Synod of Diocese of Owo held at St. Paul’s Church, Ifon, Ose Local Council of the state, noted that the preaching of gospel may not be easy, but in obedience to Christ’s commandment, Christians must preserve irrespective of the challenges associated with it.
Delivering the Bishop’s Charge with the theme: “Chosen To Proclaim” the Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Stephen Ayodeji Akinwale Fagbemi, tasked the Federal Government to resolve the security challenges facing the country and other pressing concerns before the 2023 general elections. The Bishop, who is worried that Nigeria is drifting into a failed state because of government’s incapacity to deal with the issues facing the nation, said that the nation might not fare well if the glitches are not resolved.
Fagbemi, who cited the massacre of worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo on Pentecost Sunday on June 5, 2022, as well as the Abuja-Kaduna train attack, described these events as “the cruellest example of inhumanity against innocent citizens.” He urged churches and individuals to start developing self-defence mechanisms, adding that kidnapping has become very lucrative, with human lives as articles of merchandise.
Fagbemi, who warned that the nation might blow up if the government does not respond quickly, stated that until the government acknowledges every Nigerian’s freedom to follow his preferred religion free from intimidation and prejudice, peace, progress, and justice will continue to elude the nation.
The Bishop called on Nigerians to also use the forthcoming election to vote in only candidates that have the skills and fortitude to lead the nation out of its predicament to a glorious state.
He said: “What we heard from those who have been released from kidnappers’ den is that a particular ethnic group in this country is responsible and they have a plan to take over every part of the country. We have heard this line of claim several times. A responsible government ought to have investigated this by now and come up with a clear strategy for dealing with this trend.
“If the feelers from terrorists’ activities are true, then Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder. If urgent action is not taken by the Federal Government this country will explode. Going into the 2023 elections without addressing these problems, as well as numerous others that pose a threat to our shared existence, it is akin to postponing the terrible day. I call on all civil, religious, and political leaders in this society to put aside all personal agenda and address these pressing domestic problems.”