1st June, 2011
The Catholic Arch Bishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint patriotic people who have the interest of Nigerians at heart as ministers and aides.
He gave the advice at a press briefing held at St. Ferdinandâ€™s Catholic Church, Boys Town, Ipaja, Lagos, during his pastoral visit to Agege Deanery.
â€œJonathan should endeavour to pick people who have the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians at heart and as a father of the nation, he should know that he is accountable to God and mankind,â€ he charged.
Okogie added that one of his prayer points was that may God have mercy on us and direct Goodluck on how to move the nation forward.
Responding to a poser, the Cardinal opined that the N18,000 minimum wage for Nigerian civil servants was unrealistic, stressing that state governments should not be forced to pay to avoid terrible consequences.
â€œAbout five states or so may be luck to conveniently pay, but if forced on others, gross unemployment is imminent,â€ he cautioned.
On why there was no restitution for Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Olabode George, Okogie said â€œthere is a loophole in his charges. He was only charged for abuse of office and was not accused of money stealing, so the issue of restitution does not arise.â€