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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Nigeria At 60 : We Should Be Mourning Over Unabated Killing, Others - Akinola

... As Governor Abiodun Urges Nigerians Not To Despair Over Nation's Challenges
                        • Rev. Peter Akinola         

From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

The Retired Primate, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Peter Akinola, on Sunday expressed worry over the spate of bloodletting in the country, submitting that no land flowing with the blood of innocent lives could move forward.

Akinola said that efforts should be made to stop bloodshed in the country,  calling on the perpetrators to repent of their sins and wicked ways for the nation to experience development.

The retired Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) spoke during a Special Church Service at the Cathedral Church of St. Peters, Ake, Abeokuta.

The service was organised by Governor Dapo Abiodun - led Ogun State government to mark the nation's 60th Independence anniversary.

Citing the book of Ezekiel 22 vs 3-6, he lamented that Nigeria's 60 years of nationhood have been largely characterised by ceaseless bloodlettings and called for repentance by perpetrators and tendering of apology to the families of those who lost their loved ones in a needless bloodbath.

He also decried the deplorable state of education, roads, epileptic power and the healthcare sector of the country at 60, despite the yearly budget being allocated to each of the sectors, urging the Government to fix them.

"... You are celebrating 60 years anniversary. What are you celebrating? We should be mourning. 

People of God, we have to talk of epileptic power supply. Every year in our budget we make allocation for power supply. It will improve, till tomorrow, nothing has improved and hope is not insight. 

Akinola said: "Look at our health care system. It is now so bad... I remember many years when a Military Head of State said our hospitals have been reduced to mere consulting clinics. It was even better then.

"Now, it is the president of the country himself and his family who has championed medical tourism. If your own healthcare system is so good why must you go out for treatment. If those people you are going to meet there to treat you, if they are not patriotic, if they have not made their own hospital to be functional, where will you be going to?

"Education is the same thing. Your children cannot train here in Nigeria, you send them to oversee for training. If those there have not established sound, good and quality educational system where would you send your own (children) to. Yet, year after year, it is in your budget. Who is deceiving who? 

"People of God, I know that political pundits, commercial pastors, fake prophets, nobilities, media gurus will certainly say something different from what I am saying here. Fine! But the question remains, why is Nigeria so dysfunctional? why are things not working? 

"We cannot continue to be in sin and expect God's grace to abound. It is not possible.
Nigeria will turn 60. Six decades of independence as a sovereign, free nation. 

"Ordinarily, there should be jubilation. However, Nigeria's diamond jubilee has been long existence marred by numerous challenges.

"A history of hopes began and hopes betrayed. A country that has continuously been lucky to survive. Many are our afflictions. The country is a bloodletting country. For greater part of these six decades, the rivers of Nigeria have been flowing with human blood. Blood of innocent Nigerians whose lives were cut short for unreasonable reasons.

"Nigeria has violated the sixth commandment of God - Thou Shall Not Kill. Listen to this: a bloodletting country cannot be a nation. It is not possible."

In his speech, Governor Dapo Abiodun called on Nigerians not to despair over the nation's prevailing circumstances, saying a greater and better country is feasible.

Abiodun said the country has proven to be an enigma, defying all predictions by pundits that it would not survive but  has always wriggled out of the most difficult situation better.

He urged Nigerians to be hopeful and be ready to contribute to that desired future, saying as a nation, Nigerians are moving towards a better country.

According to him, the task “is a collective one. We shouldn't allow the prophesies of doom to define us. With prayers and given the human and material resources available, believe that things would get better.”

The Governor recalled that many countries that gained independence with Nigeria are no longer together. 

“They have either been balkanized by their internal realities or civil war. We have survived many vicissitudes and our despite her numerous challenges, especially in the area of economy and security, the country is still together and would move forward more prosperously.

"Despite all predictions, Nigeria is still standing. Our diversity is our strength. We are a resilient and confident people.  We surmounted the Civil war, Boko Haram. 

"Tomorrow will bring the best in us. All we need to do is to work together. Nigeria will move forward. We must not prophesy doom. Nation building is not for government alone, but the responsibility of all.

"We were able to manage COVID-19 very well. We defeated Ebola which was deadlier. About seven million people died in the United States and thousands are affected on a daily basis; but we thank God that is not the case here. 

"There are a lot to be done in the area of economy and security and I believe with everyone on board, we shall overcome," he said.

He reminded Nigerians that  the nation has produced men and women of substance who have distinguished themselves in all spheres of life, adding that a lot needed to be done towards economic sustainability and nation building.

He also affirmed his conviction that the country would continue to grow stronger as the democracy it currently enjoys continues to fledge, explaining that with the collective prayers of every Nigerian, all problems being faced by the country would be surmounted.

While highlighting some of the programmes of his administration, the Governor disclosed that the State government in conjunction with the Federal government would embark on the construction of 10,000 low cost housing units across the State.

Prince Abiodun said the houses which would be built under the Social Housing Project, in the next three years, would provide accessible and affordable houses to Nigerians at the cost of N2m.

He said though the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the economy of the country, his administration was addressing the issues of power and infrastructure by ensuring that interrupted power was made available for small and medium business concerns, as well as inter connecting roads to neighbouring states.

On housing, the Governor said his administration has constructed affordable housing in Abeokuta and currently constructing similar units in Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Ilaro and Ifo, while efforts are on to revitalize the educational and health sectors of the State.



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