By Chris Chimezie
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has challenged Christians to champion the course of moral living for a better society.
Akeredolu gave the charge during a religious event tagged, “Towards The Rebirth of A New Nation: Taking Responsibility For Your Generation”, organized by the Reconciliation House Ministry at its, Trans Camp in Iju, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Governor Akeredolu maintained that when christians within the political and other sectors embrace morality, fraud would reduce.
Appreciating the church for clamouring for a better society, Akeredolu expressed optimism that only restructuring where each state would be allowed to tap from and control its resources could take the country to the promised land.
“Let us have true federalism so that the state could grow and submit what will enhance the country”, he said.
The Governor argued that it would be difficult to merge some areas in the country with one another, hence various agitations for breakup would not stand.
“The nation has remained one and will forever remain one irrespective of language or ethnic diversity, there is nothing anybody can do about it”, he stated.
The Governor therefore encouraged Nigerians to continue to pray for Nigeria and her leaders.
Earlier, the Host Priest and convener of the symposium, Pastor Joshua Odeyemi, had said issues surrounding the birth of the nation required a rebirth through dialogue.
Pastor Odeyemi cautioned those clamouring for a new Nigeria through violence to have a rethink particularly what happened in the country in the late 1960s.
“It is no longer tolerable the space of violence in our nation, no country can exist if the present magnitude of troubles in its land persist, if we say we don’t need a change, it means we’re not thinking very well, this country needs a change. ”
According to Pastor Odeyemi on the role of religious bodies, the Church can no longer fold her arms and allow ungodly people to dictate the pace of development.
“Churches should question members who pay tithes and offerings if they are at variance with such members’ wages and capacity.
“The Church must stop regarding politics as dirty and evil, as what we see are the attitudes of the “self, flesh”, hence the Church must emplace credible men and women in politics”.
“We must however utilise Godly principles and be “as wise as serpents and as gentle as Doves” in our responses to national issues”, he submitted.
The cleric and Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ondo, Most Rev’d. (Dr.) Latunji Lasebikan, who charged leaders to be responsive to the yearnings and aspirations of their people, cautioned political leaders against embezzlement.