Monday, September 17, 2018

Stephen Oni: Buhari Should Not Contest 2019 Election - Says Anglican Bishop

Peter Dada, Akure

The Bishop of the Diocese of Ondo , Church of Nigeria ( Anglican Communion ) Stephen Oni , has said the nation needed a young and visionary person to become the next President of the country and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to drop his re -election bid in 2019.

He lamented that some politicians in Nigeria had overstayed their time in office and refused to leave the political offices for the younger generation , identifying the trend as one of the problems the country was facing.

Bishop Oni stated this at the order of service for the investiture and installation of a new chancellor and other officials of the Cathedral Church of St Stephen , Oke -Aluko , Ondo , Ondo State .

At the ceremony, a Federal High Court judge , Justice Obayomi Taiwo , was invested as the Chancellor ; Mr Ayodele Akintunde ( SAN ) , as the Deputy Chancellor ; while Mrs Yejide Ogundipe and Mr Olu Adenodi were reappointed as registrar and deputy registrar respectively.

In his charge , titled , ‘Responsibility , not title ,’ the cleric lamented the recycling of old politicians in power at all levels of government in the country , saying politicians go to any length to perpetuate themselves in power .
He said , “They want to die in office . No wonder , people have thrown caution into the air , we could see impunity everywhere.

 Worthy legacy is not there , we are only recycling rust brains , they will come back again with their pictures when they give you N 1, 000 with the popular chant to ‘vote and cook soup'."

“I don ’t expect any 75 to 80 years old still in government , what are they doing there ?

 When will they give their children a place ?

 The age of youthfulness is between 25 , 30 and 40 ; who will want to employ in a bank a 75 -year - old man?

“Are we now saying a 75 -year - old should go to the National Assembly, what are they doing there ? We need young people who have aspirations and highly adventurous . So , let them allow them in.”

On President Buhari intention to contest next year’ s election , he said , “He has his right to contest but my advice for him , if he will do it well , he should go home joyfully".

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