8th December, 2010
On Sunday December 5 2010, eminent PDP members from South West and other parts ofÂ Nigeria including former President Obasanjo, Governor Alao Akala of Oyo State,Â Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State, and friends of Oyinlola gathered at StÂ Michaelâ€™s Anglican Church Okuku Osun State to felicitate with Mr Olagunsoye OyinlolaÂ after being disgraced out of office for stealing Governor Rauf Aregbesolaâ€™s mandateÂ for almost four years.
I understand it was a special thanksgiving service for the disgraced â€˜Governorâ€™Â after almost eight years in office. I have no problem with that. Oyinlola is free toÂ celebrate his life, and his loot after all this is Nigeria . This is Nigeria whereÂ offenders are celebrated and the innocent put in jail. This is a country whereÂ criminals, looters and murderers wear coveted gold medals and sit among decent menÂ and women. This is a country where the countryâ€™s 20th eleven sit in exalted officesÂ and decide what happens to the rejected and dejected first eleven. This is a countryÂ where the blind does the work of those with eyes. This is country where monumentalÂ electoral fraud has been established in Anambra, Rivers, Edo , Ondo, Ekiti, Osun,Â Delta, Cross River States and others and yet we have not been able to arrest andÂ prosecute one electoral officer for fraud since 1999. I can go on and on.
Again, Oyinlola is free to thank God for stealing votes, maiming and killing peopleÂ of Osun State for four years with impunity but my grouse is the Sermon that wasÂ preached during the service. Who preached the Sermon at the thanksgiving service?Â What was the message? What is the name of the Vicar of St Michaelâ€™s Anglican ChurchÂ Okuku? Did he know the circumstances that led to Oyinlolaâ€™s removal? If he knowsÂ what did he say? It is important that we know what the preacher said just for theÂ record purposes.
There are thousands and thousands of Churches and Mosques in Nigeria and yet thisÂ nation is going down. They preach to us every Sunday and every Friday and yet thisÂ nation is still moving round and round like the Barberâ€™s chair without motion.Â Something must be wrong somewhere. Under our very eyes we see the so-called men ofÂ God winning and dinning with people who are our problem in Nigeria . They seeÂ nothing and hear nothing. Everything is business. It is cash and carry, it is payÂ me, and I pray for you, and it is money for hand and prayers for you no matter whoÂ you are. When religious leaders and men of conscience compromise in any nation, thatÂ nation is finished.
Our political office holders who are betraying and destroying Nigeria are not alone.Â They have their cronies in the Churches, Mosques, Academia, traditionalÂ institutions, public and private sectors, etc. We must work hard to identify theseÂ traitors and deal with them accordingly. Let us investigate to find out what theÂ preacher said at Oyinlolaâ€™s thanksgiving and move on from there.
â€¢Joe Igbokwe, publicity secretary ACN writes from Lagos