This Day (Lagos)

24 May 2012

Nigeria: Cleric Blames Politicians for Nation's Woes

The Archbishop of Ibadan Province, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Joseph Akinfenwa, has called for a revolution to stem the socio-economic decadence in the country.

He spoke during the dedication of Emmanuel Anglican Church in Aba-Otun town of Akinmoorin, Osun State Wednesday.

The cleric, who said the political class had failed Nigerians in the delivery of dividends of democracy, also lamented the level of corruption among the country's political class.

He said: "The long and short of it is that we are ripe for a revolution. The people should arise and take their rightful position. We need a revolution."

Condemning corruption among the political class, the cleric said it was cheering that justice caught up with a former Nigerian governor, Chief James Ibori, who escaped abroad after looting public treasury in Nigeria.

He said: "Unless we have leaders who will address the problems of the less privileged, then we have not arrived. So, whatever anybody says from any political party, I think we should not take them serious because they have not done us the good we expect.

"Tariff of electricity will soon increase again, we are paying more for petrol in the land of plenty, we are wallowing in abject poverty and the rich are getting richer. Those, who looted our money, government has done nothing about them, so what are we saying? It appears that the more we talk about it, the more people are not having the fear of God in their lives," Akinfewa said.

If they have the fear of God, how come billions and billions are being taken away just like that?"

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