As Nigeria marks 57th anniversary of its independence, Archbishop of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion), Dr Olusina Fape says Nigeria at 57 is sick and confused because the leaders and the led are suffering from corruption and selfishness.
The clergyman also said the bloods of former Minister of Justice, Bola Ige, renowned journalists, Dele Giwa , Kudirat Abiola and Funsho Williams who were victims of assassinations, whom he described as “innocent souls” are crying for vengeance.
Fape spoke on Sunday while preaching during a 57th special independence anniversary of Nigeria held at Cathedral Churc of Saint Peter, Ake, Abeokuta.
The service was attended by Deputy Governor, Chief Yetunde Onanuga, who led members of Ogun Executive Council, Speaker, Hon Suraj Adekumbi, Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, State Chief Judge, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade , service chiefs, men of the armed forces, paramilitary, political leaders and traditional rulers to the place.
The Clergyman also lampooned Nigerian leaders both past and present who he described as “corrupt and clueless” by not making Nigeria works. Fape, expressed regret that poor health sector, bad welfare packages for retirees, dilapidated infrastructure and poor educational system have marred the country.
“We have been seeking the face of God but have not turned from our wickedness. We have shed many bloods of many innocent souls in this nation.
From Dele Giwa to Bola Ige to Alfred Rewane to Funsho Williams to our Kudirat Abiola and many more. You can still count on. And the blood of these innocent ones are crying for vengeance,” Fape said.
“Should we continue in sins and ask for forgiveness, absolutely no”. He said politicians, religious leaders and community leaders are responsible for Nigeria’s “sickness”, saying the country is in dire need of selfless leader.
Fape admitted that Nigerians are prayerful, but “we are arrogant. That is why our prayers are not answered.” He asked Nigerians to humble themselves before God, seek and pray for forgiveness. However, Fape said Nigeria having survived civil war, military coups and counter coups and enjoys 17 years of democracy, it calls for celebration.