Secularity of the Church non negotiable – Mimiko


The Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has urge  Christians and  churches to defend  the secularity in Nigeria,
Addressing the 2nd plenary session of the opening of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) 2016, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church, Akure, Dr. Mimiko said, “we must stand to resist the few bigots who want to destroy Nigeria”
He maintained that government has a responsibility to curtail
religious bigot in the country and urged religious leaders to continue to pray for the nation, saying that the problem of corruption facing Nigeria can be addressed with the right policy in place but that inter religious conflicts may lead the country into more danger that might be difficult to overcome.
His words; “Government has responsibility of bringing these bigots to book. We are not comfortable with what the bigots are doing. What they are doing is most worrisome in Nigeria. Church has major role to play by praying for Nigeria”.
Mimiko used the medium to call for true federalism saying that
Nigeria’s Federal Government is biting more than it can chew with the larger percentage of the resources at the disposal of the Federal Government to the detriment of the federating units and commended the Catholic Bishops for what they had been standing for in Nigeria.
While speaking further, the Governor also appealed to the Bishops of Catholic Church of Nigeria to join in the call for the restructuring of Nigeria to reflect the needed true federalism as the only panacea for the growth and development of the country.
In his speech, the President of Catholic Bishops Conference of
Nigerian, the Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama Commended the cooperation between the Church and the Government of Ondo State, stressing the Mimiko-led administration has brought smile to the faces of the people through the provision of good roads, infrastructural development, quality healthcare and urban renewal among others.
He however said that a lot should be done by the Federal Government to alleviate the current economic hardship on the masses and that the country should not be ruled with sentiment and canvassed for equality.
Dignitaries present at the ocassion include members of the Ondo State Executive Council, Catholic Archbishops and Bishops in Nigeria and the Deji of Akure land, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi in attendance.


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