By Ayodeji Moradeyo, www.234next.com
The only way forward for the nation is for those in positions of authority to improve the welfare of the poor through the execution of people-oriented projects, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh, said at the weekend.
Mr. Okoh, who spoke when he visited the governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, said most politicians fail to fulfil their promises when they are elected.
He urged Nigerians to vote out leaders who loot government treasury to enrich themselves and family members, saying the nation would have a greater future if leaders see themselves as servant-leaders and not bosses to the people in all their dealings.
“Politicians should not make looting their priority; they should focus welfare of the poor through the execution of people-oriented projects,” he said.
“The nation’s leaders should make the welfare of the masses their focal point by embarking on projects that would impact positively on their lives.”
The cleric commended Mr Mimiko for his achievements in the provision of basic infrastructure, charging him not to derail in his determination to bring succour to lives of the poor majority who prayed fervently for victory at the poll .
Mr. Okoh equally clarified the issue of criticism of government activities by religious leaders, stating such criticism is meant to achieve a positive change in the interest of both the government and people.
Working for people
Mr Mimiko thanked the cleric for his visit and assured the people of the state and Nigerians of his administration’s continued determination to embark on projects that would benefit the majority of the people.
“I can assure you sir that our administration will continue to embark on programmes that have direct impact on our people. And I want to say that the interest of the majority of our people will always be the focus of our administration,’ he said.