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Martins tasks ministers on selfless service


Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins has admonished both old and new ministers to serve the nation with utmost diligence and a deep sense of patriotism in their various ministries, to help President Muhammadu Buhari move the nation to greater heights.
Martins, who spoke through his Acting Director of Social Communications, Lagos Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, congratulated the new ministers on their appointments and reminded them of the great responsibility ahead of them.
He charged them to rise up to the demands of their offices, by hitting the ground running and being alive to the yearnings of all segments of Nigerians, who have been clamouring for a better lease of life, irrespective of their religion, political party or ethnic affiliations.
He said: “There have been varying analysis and evaluation of the appointments, but what is beyond contention is that the challenges before the new ministers are enormous. They are coming in or being re-appointed when there is so much distress, anger, and dissatisfaction among the people.

“The expectations of Nigerians are high since their desire for no more than the barest minimum of good living has been left unfulfilled for far too long. So, we hope that the ministers would hit the ground running. Their two-day gathering or retreat should have helped them to identify the various ways their ministries can impact meaningfully on people’s lives. The ruling party has made a lot of promises and Nigerians hope that the ministers would work to ensure that the promises would not go the way of similar ones in the past…”

The Archbishop also called on President Buhari and his ministers to avail themselves of wise counsel from all well-meaning Nigerians, irrespective of the source of counsel. He implored the President to use his second term in office to make amends for all the shortfalls of his first tenure in the area of security, the supply of constant and stable electricity, fixing the dwindling economy, as well as consolidate on the construction and provision of social infrastructure in-country.

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