Cleric Tasks Politicians On Patriotism As Igbinedion Marks 80th Birthday

Jefferson Ibiwale, BeninThe Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, has urged politicians in the country to put national interest above personal ambitions, warning that Nigeria is a boat threatening to capsize.

Kukah was speaking on Thursday at a church service to mark the 80th birthday of the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, held at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, Benin.

He stressed that there must first be a country before anyone can seek to occupy political office, and urged Nigerians to continually pray for the success of the President Goodluck Jonathan – led administration.

“This is not time to cast blames. We are in a boat that is threatening to capsize. The future of our country is at stake,” Kukah said.

The cleric said Nigeria was going through difficult times and that elected political holders must use their positions to the benefit of the masses, noting that we will all give account to God.

“It is not how much we flaunt our wealth but how much we used it to help others. Whatever gift God has given to us is meant for the service of others,” he said.

He also applauded the celebrant for his industrious and philanthropic spirit and prayed to God to continue to bless him and grant him more years.

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