Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Okogie expresses worry over jostle for power

14 January 2013, 11:48

Lagos - The Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has expressed concern over the jostle for power among Nigerian politicians.

Okogie said on Sunday that their inordinate ambition was at the expense of the welfare of the citizenry.

He said that continued neglect of the welfare of the majority of Nigerians by the nation’s leaders might lead to further adverse consequences.

In a statement issued in Lagos, the Cardinal noted that elected political office holders had failed to provide Nigerians with basic needs of life in 2012.

He attributed the rate of kidnappings, corruption and insecurity in the country to "dearth of purposeful leadership".

Okogie called on the public office holders to devote more time to quality leadership and cease from intrigues and jostle for power over the 2015 general elections.

"Nigeria is in dire state of disrepute. It appears there is no government’s presence at the three tiers and yet the nation’s political leaders claim that all is well.

"Our youth are already being led astray, they are like sheep without shepherd and yet they are told that they are the leaders of tomorrow.

"How can they lead well if they are not given good examples to follow?

"Many of our schools have now become breeding grounds for all sorts of immorality. This is unacceptable," he said.

Okogie noted that the nation was richly blessed with human and natural resources.

He also stressing that it was imperative to harness these resources and provide the citizens with the necessary amenities.

"There is no justification for government’s failure to provide its citizens with the basic amenities of life, such as good roads, affordable housing, constant power supply and gainful employment," he added.

The cleric prayed God to shower His blessings on and offer protection to Nigerian citizens, and for nation's lasting peace and unity in 2013.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Jude Chika Ugwuodo
The original plan for the institu...

Today, people go into marriage without making adequate preparations for it. Read more...

Submitted by
I have a dream

I have a dream that one day, the church of Jesus Christ will be liberated from the slavery of denominationalism and live out the true meaning of its name. Read more...

Submitted by
Addiction is not something that h...

Writing this article from a circular perspective, NO addiction suddenly happens. No addict finds himself suddenly addicted. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulqadir Abdul
A tale of two woes

Since the advent change from military to democracy, Kogi seems to have no riposte to the conundrum of corruption, ignominy and squalor. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulqadir Abdul
Dying another death

Lets hold our strongest weapon which is our vote.  Read more...

Submitted by
Hussain Obaro
Buhari should retain Ministry of ...

Indications has emerged in the past couple of days that the speculation of the decision of President Muhammed Buhari to appoint himself as Minister of Petroleum Resources is real.  Read more...