CAN President to Nigerians: Stop recycling failed leaders
The National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Samson Ayokunle, has warned against recycling failed leaders in the country if the nation must make progress.
He said since they have failed, allowing them to retain power portends danger to the advancement of the country.
Ayokunle spoke on Friday at a lecture organised as part of events lined up for CAN’s 45th anniversary in Abuja.
The lecture was titled ‘The church and the doctrine of regeneration in the transformation of Nigeria.’
He said, “There is a need for political regeneration in terms of leadership in this nation.
“Recycling those that have failed because they have money to throw around should no longer be allowed if we want to go forward.
“This is obstructing people with good intentions to get there.
“If we change our attitude and the system and we continue with the way we are doing things, we will not get anywhere. We need true leaders.”
The CAN President also called for a change in the way chairmen of the Independent National Electoral Commission are appointed in order to ensure the commission’s independence.
He called on Christians to ensure they participate in electoral processes in the country.
Ayokunle added, “The election process has to change. The way Independent National Electoral Commission’s chairman is being determined must change.
“They are not independent and unless this is change, we will not get the best of the commission.
“Also, the church is not participating in the electoral process. How many Christians are card-carrying members of a political party? Parties consider those who have laboured for them, this is one of the ways Christians can get into power.
“There is also the need for the regeneration of school, family and church. They must wake up to their responsibilities to rescue the nation.”
A former Speaker of the House of Representatives who doubled as the chairman of the event, Yakubu Dogara, urged Christians to contribute their quota to the development of the country.
He said, “Nothing happens by luck. We rise by light and light is knowledge, it is not transformation. It is bringing what you know that brings about transformation.
“We must bring this to the fore to transform our nation.” Punch