The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Anambra State, Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, on Friday, noted that some of our leaders have overstayed their usefulness.
The cleric while delivering his Christmas message at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, wondered why leaders would refuse to leave office when it’s due for them to vacate the position.
He said, “Some leaders have overstayed their usefulness. Most of our leaders have expired. It’s part of corruption if you refuse to leave office when it’s due for you to do so. Our leaders should learn to hand over power to young people with fresh brains and ideas.”
“Every generation has a special blessing of God. Our leaders should fashion ways to encourage young ones to succeed them, even if it means setting up junior parliament.”
“The standard of living of our youth should be raised. You don’t empower the youths by giving them keke (tricycles) or okada (motorcycles). It’s rare for any person who started as a keke or okada operator to rise to become a commissioner or a minister. The youths should be empowered with education.”
“If we don’t treat our youths well now and allow them to determine their future, #EndSARS is one thing; the next will be #EndBigMen. When a revolution starts, it doesn’t end so easily.”
He called for the resignation of the service chiefs over the increase in security issues in the country.
He said, “I know that the fundamental responsibility of government is security and welfare of the people; where such responsibility is lacking, it is expected that those in charge should resign. When Buhari came in, he promised to tackle insecurity. The same promise he repeated in his second term. Yet we keep witnessing insecurity on a daily basis.”
“First was the kidnapping of Chibok girls, followed by the Dapchi girls. Now, it is the Kankara boys. To travel by road now is near impossible. Unfortunately, travelling by air is expensive. Yet our budget on security is alarming.”
“We’re just making a mockery of ourselves before the international community whose eyes are on us. Besides, when we negotiate with these criminals, we’re reinforcing them because they will use the ransom proceeds to buy more ammunition.”
“I don’t feel comfortable with the Presidency because of the service chiefs. Pampering them is unhealthy, having exhausted their ideas. If these things are not checked, it will keep recycling. If the service chiefs are sincere, they should resign. But since they’re feeding on it, it will be difficult for them.”
Source: Naija News