15th November, 2010
The Prelate of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, Most Rev. Sunday Makinde, has urgedÂ the Federal Government and the people of the Niger Delta to take the amnestyÂ programme very seriously.
He gave the advice in Lagos on Sunday while speaking with newsmen during theÂ ordination, consecration and inauguration service of 10 new bishops and 13 layÂ presidents of the church.
Ten members ofÂ Board of Trustee of the Wesley University of Technology were alsoÂ inaugurated at the ceremony.
â€œMy advice is this. The elections are drawing near and we should watch it veryÂ carefully.
â€œWe should rehabilitate the repentant militants gainfully. I do not want theÂ politicians to attempt to recruit them for election malpractice.
â€œThe role of the Church in elections is to mobilise its members to register, vote,Â and do their civic duties and to give political education.
“The Church has been wanting in that area but we are saying now, please go andÂ register,â€™â€™ he said.
Makinde urged Nigerians to vote for only credible politicians.
â€œVote for credible people, do not vote for parties. Parties have no manifestos. NoÂ party is stable in Nigeria today so vote for good personalities. I have never seenÂ any credible political party in Nigeria today and am saying it.
â€œSo let us vote for credible personalities within these parties who would give usÂ light, employment and security because that is very important.
â€œIt is a shame that our leaders even go to South Africa to get medical treatment,”Â he said.
The 10 new bishops are Samuel Nortey, Innocent Ndiniwii, Robert Egwenre, ChikwenduÂ Igwe, Lawson Elom, Amos Ajiboye, Uduakobong Akpan, Etim Ekong, Usien Akpanenua andÂ Edem Offiong.
The Diocesan Lay Presidents inducted included Sir Ladi Sowemimo, Sir David Oni,Â Chief Olasukanmi Shobowale, Prof. Andrew Chukwuemerie and Chief Anab Atuloma.
The Board of Trustee included Sir Adebukola Adebutu who is the Chairman, Sir BolaÂ Ogunsanwo who is the Secretary, Sir Sam Igwe-Eke, Prince Sam Ejoifor, Sir AbiyeÂ Sekibo, a former Minister for Transport and Mrs Titi Ajanaku, former Minister ofÂ State for Women Affairs.
Delivering the homily at the service, the Bishop of Northern Ghana Methodist Church,Â Ghana, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Afiriyie, spoke on the theme: â€œAspiring to Leadership.â€
He said that it required honourable qualities to aspire for leadership.
He said that honourable leaders should be reputable and principled people who wouldÂ be irreproachable in their lives.
â€œThe people are in dire need of true leaders but if this is what is happening in theÂ world, it should not be so in the Church.
“In a church we should have honourable people with high leadership qualities,â€™â€™ theÂ minister said.
He urged the new leaders of the Church to emulate the leadership qualities of JesusÂ Christ for the progress of the Church and society.