The Church Should Participate More In Politics – Obaseki
The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has restated the need for the church to actively participate in politics to enable them effectively contribute their quota to national development.
Fidel Info reports that Obaseki gave the charge while addressing delegates at the fifth National Eucharistic Congress held at St. Paul Minor Seminary, Benin City, Edo State.
The congress was organised by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria with the theme, ‘Becoming the eucharist we celebrate: A call to live as one and serve the weak.’
Catholic delegates from Onitsha, Lagos, Owerri, Abuja, Ibadan, Jos, Kaduna and the host Benin Province were all present at the congress, taking place between Friday, November 11 and Sunday, November 13, 2022.
Obaseki said, “The church has continued to intervene when the government fails. The church goes into communities, acquires land, provide education, healthcare, and spiritual healing for citizens.”
“We need help in government and call on the Catholic Church to go beyond homily and help us on how to govern our country.”
The governor noted that Nigeria was going through a difficult time and needed prayers and collaboration of the church to overcome its challenges.
He continued, “God wants us to take away lessons from these challenges that we are facing as a nation, which is why he has allowed us to pass through the problems.”
“I have had the privilege of occupying many positions in this country, from business, government and politics. What is clear is that we can resolve the problems we have because God has given us all we need as a nation to solve them.”
“I believe that the Catholic Church has a huge responsibility. In the world today, the Catholic Church is one of the most organised institutions.”
He further noted, “We will rely on you because we all lament, complain and talk about our problems rather than train ourselves to take practical steps daily to resolve the challenges we face.”
Hailing the Catholic bishops in the state for their support for his administration, Obaseki added, “Beyond the prayers, as you always pray for us, you have taken further steps to ensure that we succeed as a government.”
Imo State Labour Party Gubernatorial Aspirant Found Dead
Chief Humphrey Anumudu, a Labour Party aspirant in the upcoming Governorship primaries in Imo State, has been found dead in his house.
Fidel Info reports that The aspirant died in his house in Lagos after he had returned from an LP meeting at the party national headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
A native of Mbieri Ancient Kingdom in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state, Anumudu was reportedly found dead in his house in what family sources described as a “spiritual attack.”
As a multi-billionaire businessman cum politician, he has been contesting for the governorship seat of the state since 1998.
He was said to be the true winner of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in the state in 1998 before the ticket was ceded to Achike Udenwa who went on to rule the state between 1999 and 2007.
Since then he had been contesting for the number one seat of the state. In 2019 he was the Zenith Labour party governorship candidate.
A close friend of the deceased said that he died around 5:30 pm on Friday.
The late politician had already paid the sum of 25 million Naira for Labour Party’s Governorship form for the November 11th 2023 Guber contest.
Chief Anumudu, a respected legal luminary and an astute politician was also the Chief Executive Officer of Globe Motors.
He contested for the Governorship election in the past under the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
INEC Vows To Prosecute Perpetrators Of Violence In 2023 Elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to prosecute perpetrators of electoral violence in the just-concluded 2023 general elections.
Fidel Info reports that The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Oyekanmi said the prosecution of electoral offenders and their sponsors will curb the prevalence of violence in the nation’s elections.
He also called for the need for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal to prosecute such offenders and their sponsors.
The INEC boss spokesman noted that if the new commission was established, electoral offenders and their sponsors would reconsider their actions.
Oyekanmi, however, said the Commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched.
He said, “Electoral violence should not be tolerated. That is why the commission has been calling for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal, specifically to try cases related to infractions associated with elections.
“In fact, stakeholders have also been calling for this tribunal for many years, especially after the 2011 general elections. I believe strongly that if perpetrators of electoral violence and their sponsors know that they will give account for their misdeeds, they will think twice.”
“The commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched. We need to change this.”
JUST IN: CBN Orders Banks To Circulate Cash This Weekend
As part of a coordinated effort to facilitate the circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks throughout the nation.
Fidel Info reports that Also, the CBN has ordered all commercial banks to be open on Saturdays and Sundays. (more…)
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