4th October, 2010
Founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele (JP) hasÂ lashed out at the past Nigerian leaders as the architect of our problems.
Primate Ayodele said this during the 50th Independence Anniversary at the churchÂ headquarters in Oka-Afa, Isolo, Lagos, Nigeria.
â€œAll our leaders are corrupt and most of the past leadersâ€™ ruined this country. All ofÂ those who have ruled in the past and now agitating to come back have nothing to offer.Â They are self-centred and God will deal with them ruthlessly very soon.
â€œCanâ€™t you see how the down-trodden Nigerians scrambed to collect bags of rice from theÂ wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan? What can that littleÂ rice do in their lives?
â€œThere are many other important things they could do to make the lives of the citizenryÂ more meaningful than giving them rice,” he reasoned.
He also used the occasion to give out cash to the widows and school children. He advisedÂ the students â€œyou school children should realise the fact that Nigeria celebrated 50thÂ Independence without any achievement. This does not mean you wonâ€™t go places. WhateverÂ you want to achieve, INRI Widow Foundation will take responsibilty. We have president,Â vice president, senate president, senate president, speakers and governors among you.â€
The publisher of Ghana-based Leadership Mirror, Otunba Larry Ayodeji gave Primate AyodeleÂ Kwameh Nkrumah Leadership Award.
The Chief Superintendent of Police in charge of Badagry Prison, CSP, S. O. KolawoleÂ presented a speech tagged â€œYou As A Future Leader” to the Youth of INRI, EvangelicalÂ Spiritual Church.â€
“Many factors played a leadership role in the life of our youth to be come good or badÂ leaders among which are parental care, societal factors, negligencce by government andÂ qualitative education,â€ he said