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Desist from power drunk attitude, Bishop tells politicians 


Olasunkanmi Akinlotan 

The Anglican Bishop of Otukpo Diocese, Rev. David Bello has  sounded  a note of warning to politicians in Nigeria to desist from their  power drunk attitude, as it portends danger for them even as the general elections draw nearer. 

The Bishop also stressed that, majority of the political office seekers in the country are only contesting for power to enrich themselves and their family members. 

The Anglican Bishop said this on Friday at a special church service organised to round off a weeklong celebration of the 75th birthday of Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun  Gbadebo held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta, Ogun State. 

The Bishop whose sermon was drawn from the book of Psalm 103, emphasised that, political offices should be seen as an avenue to serve humanity and give back to the community and not an avenue to acquire wealth. 

He explained that, political office holders who gather  wealth beyond their income should be regarded as thieves.

His words"Our position is not a contest for power and that is where we are getting it wrong.

"Power is  intoxicant like a wrong wine. If you are contesting for power you will become drunk with power. And that is why an English philosopher says power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

"If you go into office to serve and you become a billionaire, you are a thief. You are not to go there and become a billionaire. In fact, in a sane clime, you are expected to lose something and because you have lost something as a result of which you will be honoured respected by your people. So, we should try to see things for what they are. 

"There are some people who are getting to power today, but we don't remember them. Their memory is not blessed. In fact we curse them because they didn't serve the people.

"It is not power. People say they want to contest for power. It's not power. Whether you are the President, Governor, a Senator or member of the House of Representatives, you are called to serve the people. And when you have served, that is when you deserve to be called honourable.

"There are many things we do in this country that is very nauseating. We have adopted American constitution and you are calling some people Distinguished Senator, there is nothing that is distinguished.

"We still called some people Right Honourable Speaker, that is for parliament in Britain. Speaker is Speaker. Some of these things are ignorance and the people laugh at us."

In his remarks, the Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun eulogised the Alake, saying his reign has brought peace and progress to Egbaland. 

He therefore wished the monarch a more prosperous years on the throne. 

Governor Amosun however, reiterated the commitment of his administration to improve on the infrastructural development of the state. 

Dignitaries who attended the church service include; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Funso Amosun, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo, Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, Olu Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu.

Others are;  Secretary to Ogun State Government, SSG, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, Chief of Staff, Chief Tolu Odebiyi, Iyalode Alaba Lawson, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, Hon. Kayode Amusan.


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