Methodist Church Embarks on Profiling of Future Political Leaders
01 Dec 2009
The Prelate of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Bishop Sunday Ola Makinde has berated some Nigerian leaders for bad governance in the Country.
Bishop Makinde who preached at Methodist Church of Nigeria, Ukana Ikot Ntuen in Ikot Ekpene Diocese during a thanksgiving and reception service for Akwa Ibom governor, Chief Godswill O. Akpabio said his church is embarking on enlightenment of prospective leaders with a view to helping them to perform when they are elected into office.
He argued that such knowledge would help the future leaders to correct ills in the system, observing that the church stands to feel the effects of bad governance.
The Prelate lauded Governor Akpabio development strides as exemplified in good roads, rural electrification and free, compulsory education, noting that these were the things that made him to love the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the first premier of defunct Western Region.
Preaching from Proverbs 29:2, the man of God emphasised that the diverse people in a given state is traceable to the nature of the leadership, saying as much as a bad leader oppresses the governed so does a good one enhances their welfare.
The Bishop cited Akwa Ibom as a worthy example that should be emulated by others in order to promote progress and peace among the people and extolled the governor in transforming the state, stating “You are truly Godsdwill for Akwa Ibom people. Your excellent performance will vote for your second term in the office”.
Makinde urged the electorate to be conscientious in selecting leaders of their choice and encouraged them to collect money from politicians but vote according to their conscience to stop ungodly leaders having a shot at power.
Govrnor Akpabio commended the Prelate for his sincerity and truth in preaching the word of God and the church for conferring an award of Joshua of Our Time on him.
He explained that God Almighty remains the anchor of his administration and attributed his success at the 2007 governorship polls to wisdom in piloting the state affairs, the return of oil wells and the peaceful disposition of the state to His marvelous grace.
The Governor enjoined the people to be patient and understandable with his administration in an effort by the government to provide more basic infrastructure for the people, saying the state unlike older states in the country started from the scratch to lay foundation of development.
At the ceremony, a befitting edifice Chief Godswill Akpabio Hall built by some of the governor’s siblings was dedicated and handed over to the church.