Nigeria is a victim of leadership disaster with the kind of leaders that we have had since independence, Nigeria does not need any other disaster.
Lovetvnews Nigeria reports that this was the submission of the Parish Priest of Saint Leo’s Catholic church, Ikeja, Rt. Rev. John Aniagwu, stated this during a press conference as part of activities lined-up for the 50th Year Anniversary Celebration of his priestly ordination and service in the vineyard of the Lord, held Tuesday in Lagos.
Taking his quote from a renowned novelist, Chinua Achebe, Father Anaigwu posited that “the problem with the giant of Africa-Nigeria, since independence in 1960 has always been that of leadership, while other nations suffer from natural disasters, Nigeria is a victim of leadership disaster. With the kind of leaders that we have had since independence, Nigeria does not need any other disaster”.
Reverend Father Aniagwu lamented further that the progressive and development of Nigeria as a modern nation state of the 21st century has been rendered near-impossible by individuals and groups he said are in the corridors of power who exhibit a cocktail of character flaws; insatiable greed, selfishness, lack of vision, supine arrogance and worst of all, heartlessness.
This online news medium reports that the Saint Leo’s Catholic Parish Priest also said that these groups of selfish leaders careless about in the world whether the people that they govern prosper or perish as clearly demonstrated by what he described as a shameful episode of last year, in the heat of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, when palliatives and relief materials that were meant to alleviate the suffering of Nigerans were deliberately stolen from them, and hoarded in warehouses across the country.
Father Aniagwu said his vision for Nigeria is a bleak one as long as we continue to have the kind of rulers that we have had to date.
“They have made it abundantly clear by their actions and utterances that they have no intention to make the changes that are needed for Nigeria to begin the slow and painful journey from the darkness of underdevelopment to the bright light of a modern nation state that works, right now our country Nigeria is simply not working, some people are already calling it a failed state. That may not be far from the truth”.
On the solution or way out of the debacle, he expressed worries that those in power have shown themselves to be unreceptive to any suggestion of change that could potentially turn the fortunes of our nation around adding that the half-hearted solutions that they put forward are self-serving ones that will only protect and entrench their own unmerited privileges’.
“Those solutions cannot in any way improve the lot of the ordinary citizens of Nigeria, from North to South, East to West. They have succeeded in pitching us against one another, on the basis of ethnic and religious differences, such that Nigerians who are collective victims of exploitation by their rulers see and treat one another as enemies”.
” But we are not enemies of one another, it is those at the helm of affairs that are making us see each other as enemies, They know that if we are sheath our sword and join forces as one, their days in power will be numbered. That is something they will never live to let happen”.
Lovetvnews Nigeria reports that Reverend Father John Aniagwu nevertheless call for prayer as the spiritual solution to overcoming the mirage of problems confronting the giant of Africa-Nigeria.
“When someone or a group of people are possessed by demons, the only response is recourse to spiritual deliverance.” “Nigerians need to pray, really storm heaven that God will deliver our rulers from the multiple demons that currently hold them hostage so that they are unable to provide the kind of leadership that Nigeria needs: a leadership that is devoid of greed, selfishness, arrogance, insensitivity, lawlessness; a leadership that is rather characterized by justice and fair-play towards all Nigerians, irrespective of where they come from or what religion they profess, respect for the rule of law, respect for the rights of all citizens.”
Father Aniagwu highlighted other activities lined-up for the 50th anniversary celebration:
“On Wednesday, senior citizens of the parish, aged 65 and above, will feed the hungry and needy in the community; Thursday will be for charity visits to the Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted Children, Surulere, and St. Monica’s Orphanage Iju, Ishaga.”
Friday he said has been set aside for a special anniversary luncheon with a public lecture and book presentation, while the grand finale of the week-long programme is scheduled for Saturday, August 14, with a thanksgiving mass in the church at 10.am..
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