Catholic bishop wants 2014 Confab report revisited

Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Felix Ajakaye, has reiterated the need for the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to consider the recommendations of the 2014 confab to move Nigeria forward.

Ajakaye, who advised the Federal Government against discarding the recommendations, said: “We need to re-visit it. Implementation of the report of the confab will make our country, Nigeria a better place.”

The cleric spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, at the weekend during the public presentation of his book, ‘Beyond Ideas,’ saying “the book is for positive and concrete actions, for a new dawn for Nigeria and Nigerians in all our dealings with one another.”

He charged Nigerians to face meaningful actions rather than chasing shadow, saying the citizenry should through their actions ensure the country does not fail.

While noting that indiscipline and its fruit, corruption, should be fought to a standstill in the country, the Catholic bishop urged leaders to avoid media persecution in the anti-corruption fight, saying such would lead the nation to nowhere.

University of Abuja lecturer, Prof. Isaac Obasi, who reviewed the book, said it is a gentle protest and criticism of the prevailing governance crisis in Nigeria. He recommended it to all Nigerians regardless of age, gender, educational qualification, ethnicity, religion, location and political party affiliation.

According to him, Ajakaye, in the book, demonstrates that the God-given intellectual gifts of many Nigerians must be used for the betterment of society, “otherwise our knowledge and great ideas would be useless to the generations coming after us.’’

Obasi said the book “touches the heart of every Nigerian, particularly lovers of social justice in present day Nigeria where pervasive corruption in governance is alarming.”

While presenting the book, Minister of Mines and Steel, Dr Kayode Fayemi, described it as a work of creativity, knowledge and reflection which showed that knowledge without character is meaningless to the society.

Archbishop of Ibadan and the Metropolitan of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province, Gabriel Abegunrin, called on Nigerians to talk positively, think positively and act positively, so that everybody would make the world a better place.

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