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The newly elected Archbishop of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most-Reverend Abiodun Olaoye, has called on all religious, traditional and political leaders in the country, to proffer permanent solutions to current challenges facing the country.
The archbishop, who said this during his visit to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, at his palace in Ibadan on Thursday, lamented the effect that corruption, terrorism, banditry and other vices had on the image of the country.
The cleric also urged Nigerians not to base the decision to vote for candidates in the 2023 elections on any form of sentiments in order to bequeath a proud nation to the coming generations.
He warned the electorate against being induced by material things to vote for wrong persons, saying this might compound the problems already facing the country and its people.
The archbishop said, “We at the Anglican Communion recognise the roles of our traditional rulers in nation building particularly at this period when our dear country is facing serious challenges in virtually all areas.
“Our visit is partly to commend the fatherly efforts of Oba Balogun in this regards, and to also solicit collective actions at combating the challenges as we encourage all hands to be on deck in annihilating these incidents of decadence.
“These have become cankerworms that have eaten deep into the very fabric of this nation.
“As leaders, be it traditional, religious or political, we owe the citizens the moral burden of good governance as no one would be exonerated of the blame if we all fail in our responsibilities of bequeathing a nation that everyone, young or old, man or woman would be proud of, especially when this our present generation would have been off the scene.
“It saddens one to hear or read on daily basis the incidents of kidnapping, corruption, banditry and other social vices which have continued unabated.
“To those of us that are ached by all these, it’s time we look into the causes and jointly proffer solutions. The image of the country is daily being projected in negative perspectives due to all these evil acts and we must reverse this.”
The Olubadan urged religious leaders to continue to pray for the country and to promote unity.
He said the nation needed its peoples to unite and work together to address the problems which had continued to stall its development.