Enough of choosing leaders based on religion, ethnicity- Bishop Akinfenwa

As the 2023 general elections draw near, the most important criteria for leadership must be built around capacity and competence, rather than ethnicity or religion.

This was the submission of the Bishop of Ibadan Diocese, Anglican Communion, The Most Reverend Joseph Akinfenwa at the 3rd session of the 23rd synod of the diocese held at Saint Mary’s Anglican Church, Oluyole, Ibadan.

Reading the Bishop’s charge to the synod, The Most Reverend Akinfenwa lamented that politicians had begun to play the ethnic and religious cards rather than focusing on national development and ability of political aspirants to redeem the country.

“After over two decades of this democratic dispensation, it is a big shame that we have not risen above primordial sentiments in our politicking. While it is true that every card is a weapon in the hands of the politician, we must as a nation begin to change the joker.”

The Most Reverend Akinfenwa appealed to the politicians and every Nigerian to embrace peace, especially as party conventions and primaries were unveiling.

The Bishop of Ibadan Diocese urged the federal government to honour the demands it reached with the Academic staff union of Universities in order to save the future of the younger generation.

Speaking on the theme of the synod, “Eternity in View: Are you ready”, The Most Reverend Akinfenwa admonished christians not to become attached to earthly things but focus on doing God’s business to earn positive eternity.

The Most Reverend Akinfenwa called on church leaders to get familiar with technology-enabled communication to effectively reach out to unsaved souls and bring them to the fold of the saints.

Highpoints of the event were the launching of the Bishop’s charge and award presentation to outstanding youths in the diocese who bagged first class honours at their various universities.

The 3rd session of the 23rd synod of Ibadan Diocese Anglican Communion ends on Sunday.

Oluwakayode Banjo


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