‘Only collective spiritual efforts can redeem Nigeria’

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The Anglican Archbishop of Lagos Diocese,the Most Rev Adebayo Akinde, has said the task of setting Nigeria on the path of “lasting rectitude and peace is a collective spiritual effort.”

Akinde spoke yesterday at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Okemesi Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State, at the burial of Chief Hannah Folorunso Oshuntokun, wife of the First Republic Minister in the defunct Western region,Chief Oduola Osuntokun.

Mrs. Osuntokun was also the mother of Chief Akin Oshuntokun, former Managing-Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and one-time Special Adviser to Nigerian President on Political Affairs.

Nigerians,Akinde said, can bring about useful and desirable changes in the country by “collectively aligning their ways and conducts with the will and wishes of God.”

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But he warned against the “craze for overnight riches among the youth, politicians and the unemployed.”

Said he: “This trend will bring us to no good end.Until and unless Nigerians change their attitude towards attractions of material objects and the fleeting pleasures of the body, things might become worse for the nation.”

He urged the congregation to learn enduring lessons from the humble life of late Mrs. Oshuntokun who, according to him, “chose a life of devotion to God and total commitment to the development of her family amidst and despite familiar trials and tribulations.”

At the funeral ceremony were former Chairman of EFCC, Malam Nuhu Ribadu;former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode; Engr. Segun Oni who represented former President Olusegun Obasanjo; and Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on media, Dr. Reuben Abati,

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Also there were Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Commonwealth Secretary general; former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae; Chairman of Bi-Courtney Consortium, Dr. Wale Babalakin; representatives of Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, representives of the royal palace of Ooni of Ife as well of those of the Ewi Ado-Ekiti, Oba Adeyemi Adejuyigbe.

Others include Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Prince Julius Adelusi- Adeluyi yamong several others.


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