Tame Bandits Giving Nigerians Sleepless Nights, Anglican Bishop Tells Buhari


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The Bishop of the Diocese of Ibadan, Anglican Communion, Most Revd Joseph Akinfenwa, on Sunday charged President Muhammadu Buhari to redouble his efforts and tame the bandits giving the country sleepless nights.

Most Reverend Akinfenwa gave the charge in his message during a special thanksgiving service for the successful completion of  Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s two-term tenure, held at the Cathedral of St James, Oke-Bola, Ibadan.

According to the Bishop of the Diocese of Ibadan, Anglican Communion, there is the urgent need for the Federal government to.find a lasting solution to the increasing wave of banditry  in the country.

Most Reverend Akinfenwa pointed out  that a government that failed in its primary duty of securing lives and property could not ask for citizens’ loyalty.

Speaking about Governor Ajimobi, the Bishop said posterity would remember him for reinventing the state during his two-term tenure of eight years. saying, unlike some political leaders, the governor deserves commendation for not taking the state on a merry-go-round of leadership cluelessness, brigandage and policy somersault,  had beset the state before he took over in 2011.

“As a governor, posterity will remember you for achieving so much in eight years. You did not leave Oyo State the way you met it and I commend you for not taking Oyo State on a merry-go-round. You have broken many records and I can boldly say that you are a statesman.We knew what you inherited in 2011. Today we have peace and security in Ibadan and other parts of the state. No more violence, no more leadership mediocrity and policy somersault”, he said..

The Bishop added, “On assumption of office, you chose your priorities and you follow them through.”

While advising the incoming administration of Engineer Seyi Makinde to be focused by choosing and implementing a clear policy direction that would add value to the lives of the citizens of the state, Most Reverend Akinfenwa said,
“what is left is for your successor  to continue from where you stopped.

“I will advise him to draw a line and begin his administration. Whatever has been done in the past should be in the past. Draw a line and begin your own legacies. Irrespective of party affiliations,  you are all indigenes of Oyo State. The citizens will be the major beneficiaries of the wellbeing of the state. I’m appealing to the governor to please work for the success of your successor. Don’t be far from him. It’s a new challenge and they need to be guided. Whether they will accept or not, please do your own. Let’s join hands to work for the success of the incoming administration.”


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