6th September, 2010
Former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.) has been told to perish the ideaÂ of ruling the country again after his inordinate ambition led him to annul the fairest andÂ freest election in the history of the country.
Giving this advice in his office in Lagos, General Overseer of Vineyard ChristianÂ Ministries, Bishop John Osa-Oni described as â€œcrumb mentalityâ€ Babangidaâ€™s decision to vieÂ for next yearâ€™s presidential election.
Crumb mentality, according to him, is putting oneself first in everything instead of theÂ interest of the people.
â€œI donâ€™t know what Babangida wants to do again after spending eight years as the countryâ€™sÂ military president. He should be ashamed of himself for coming out again to contest theÂ countryâ€™s presidency. He is 67 years or so, he should go and enjoy his looted wealth.
â€œI donâ€™t know what he is coming to do again. This is a man that annulled the freest andÂ fairest election in the history of the country and denied the winner the opportunity toÂ contribute to the development of the country,â€ he stated.
Bishop Osa-Oni urged Nigerians to do away with the crumb mentality by voting for credibleÂ leaders in the 2011 elections.
â€œThe 2011 election is coming, letâ€™s go for credible leaders. No one should sell his/herÂ votes. Donâ€™t sell your birthright.
â€œWe have missed two capable leaders who could have transformed this country. I am referringÂ to Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Basorun MKO Abiola.
â€œThis is the time to change the mindset of the people. Awolowo and Abiola are not concernedÂ with themselves but the people,â€ he said.
The bishop also disclosed that his church would be holding its annual convention taggedÂ â€œKingdom Celebration,â€ with the theme: No More Crumbs as from 6-12 September, 2010 at theÂ church auditorium, 34/36, Osolo Way, Ajao Estate and invited members of the public to theÂ event.
On the aim of the programme, Bishop Osa-Oni said: â€œThis is the time to change the mindset ofÂ the people by educating them. Until the mindset of the people is changed, nothing willÂ happen. The future is nothing that comes suddenly, it begins with todayâ€™s dream. When theÂ people have a dream or idea today, things will change. That is the theme of our kingdomÂ celebration.
â€œWe want to change peopleâ€™s mindset from that of the crumb to a greater one,â€ he added.