2nd Term: Clerics call for prayers for Nigerian leaders

Cynthia Uchechi, Lagos

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The Bishop in an interview with the press.

Nigerians have been urged to always pray for their leaders to enable God touch their hearts and make them fulfil their campaign promises.

The Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos, His Grace, Most Rev. Adewale Martins, made the call during a thanksgiving Mass held in honour of his 60th birthday in Lagos.

Rev. Martins said that the rate of sufferings among the Nigerian citizens seriously needs God’s interventions saying that only God has the power to melt the hearts of the leaders and make them listen to the cry of the people.

Youth Empowerment

The clergy said that the youths need to be encouraged so that the crime rate emanating from them will be curbed.

Against this backdrop, Rev. Martins said he has opened a foundation which is aimed at creating a technical institute to empower the youths on technical skills.

The Archbishop also announced that the new book he wrote titled ‘The Grace To Live’ is also geared towards alleviating the sufferings of the young ones as he intend to use the money he made from the book to fund the foundation so that huge numbers of the youths will be accommodated.

He called on government at all levels to use this new regime to better the lot of the citizenry praying God to bless everyone that celebrated him.

‘’The young people are in very dire state. We all got the sense of something different will happen in terms of listening to the criticisms of the past. I’m happy that the President has told us that the criticisms of the past will guide him in this second term and we are looking towards it very seriously. The structure of this nation as it is today is not allowing us to reach the maximum measure of development we are supposed to have as a country. We are happy that the President is talking about restoring the federal character that this nation ought to have and of course, security. These are the kind of things we expect. Insecurity in general should be brought to an end for people to feel the sense that they matter in this country,’’ he added.

In his homily, the Archbishop of Benin City, Obiora Akubueze called on the government to emulate the leadership style of the Celebrant, Rev. Adewale Martins whom he said has been selfless, simple, transparent, humble and voice to the voiceless.

Responsive Government
According to him, Nigeria citizens are not happy with the present economic situation of the country.

He urged the government to be more responsive and respectful to the rights of the citizenry as they begin a new term in office saying they should create an enabling environment for the people to thrive.

‘‘The income disparity between the poor and the rich is increasing daily. The poverty rate is growing higher. Our youths graduating from the universities have no jobs. Many of them attempt to travel out of the country and many have died in the Mediterranean Sea. The level of insecurity in the country seems unprecedented. The government should know that second term is not a free ticket to continue the part that leads to destruction. It is not a time to continue to breed hopelessness and make Nigerians helpless. The government that allows Nigeria and its people to develop is what we want’’ he said.

Rev. Martins cutting his birthday cake alongside dignitaries.

Highlights of the programme were the book presentation, reviews and luncheon.

Others include good will messages from well wishers, special birthday renditions and lots of side attractions.

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