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Tabieorar 2020: Primate Ositelu Tasks Government on Security, Corruption & Fiscal Federalism

Says *All those found guilty of Corruption must be brought to book *The killings of Christians in the Northern Nigeria must stop *The time is ripe for Nigeria to be restructured.

The Primate of the Church of the Lord Aladura Worldwide, His Eminence The Most Rev.Dr. Rufus Okikiola Ositelu has called on the Nigerian government to tackle the incessant problems of insecurity, corruption and fiscal federalism for the country to move forward.

These were part of his statements at this year’s Holy Tabieorar Prayer festival held in Ogere Remo, Ogun State on August 22, 2020. Speaking on the state of the nation bothering peace and security, economy and infrastructure, unemployment, corruption, fiscal federalism, the cleric stressed that the problem of Nigeria is majorly endemic corruption and lack of true fiscal federalism.

In his special message to the nation, Primate Ositelu called on government at different levels “to fight corruption in a direct, straight forward, and honest manner, and all those found guilty must be brought to book.”

The man of God took a look at the investgations of the corruption taking place at the nation’s Niger Delta Development Company as revealed by the National Assembly probe.

“The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is symbolic of the worst possible corruption facing this country. The NDDC is symptomatic of the corruption crisis spreading throughout Nigeria. There is persistent widespread corruption in high places. Corruption in Nigeria is monumental. Same goes for many government’s agencies, commissions, and services, including NNPC, EFCC, Police, Customs, etc., which are under one investigation or the other,” he observed.

The Primate warned that the Senate Committee set up to unravel and investigate the alleged financial recklessness should not sweep the investigation under the carpet.

“The Senate Committee set up to unravel and investigate the alleged financial recklessness and the ever increasing corruption of the indicted lawmakers who secured multi-billion Naira projects without executing them, said that the information at its disposal was not sufficient to commence the probe of the indicted Senators. If care is not taken, this scandalous corruption will be swept under the carpet.

“If the Federal Government is serious about fighting corruption, then the EFCC and ICPC should be empowered to investigate this and other monumental corruption spreading throughout the country.”

Primate Ositelu also drew the attention of the leaders to the level of insecurity in Nigeria. The cleric who noted that the primary function of governments all over the world is to protect the lives and property of their citizens, said the disturbing state of security in the country despite all governments efforts has now made it necessary for the government to review the security architecture of the country.

He said, “Peace in Southern Kaduna is a very important factor in having a cordial relationship among all the diverse religious and ethnic groups in the Northern Nigeria. The destruction of lives and property in Southern Kaduna is symbolic of the security challenge that Nigeria is facing. This is a country where a state Government paid terrorists to appease them to stop killing innocent people.

“I hereby call on the Federal Government to demonstrate the resolve to fight the terrorists and shun nepotism, ethnic and religious sentiments in the war against terrorism. The killings of Christians in the Northern Nigeria, and particularly in Southern Kaduna must stop.

In terms of fiscal federalism, Primate Ositelu said the time was ripe for Nigeria to be restructured to ensure good governance, fairness, equity, justice, peaceful co-existence, economic development, and truly become the giant of Africa.

“Fiscal Federalism is the major antidote for many woes confronting Nigeria. With Fiscal Federalism in place, all the regional violent groups will seize to exist, as they will not want to destroy the economy of their regions. Moreover, the citizens will be able to hold their regional governments accountable, unlike now, where people see national resources as national cake.

“I hereby urge the Federal Government and the National Assembly to promote Fiscal Federalism, and regional integration and healthy competition among the component units of the Federation. This will enhance the needed rapid development of the country.”

Finally he called on all and sundry to continue to intercede for Nigeria that peace may reign supreme, and for adequate security and good governance, so that the teeming masses can enjoy the dividends of democracy, praying that “By the grace of God, Nigeria will be reformed, and have good progress and success in Jesus mighty name.”

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