Cardinal Okogie – Nigeria’s Calamities Are Built On Weak Leadership
Iduozee Efe Paul, Benin
Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Emeritus Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie has blamed the numerous challenges and calamities bedeviling Nigeria on weak and poor choices of leadership by the electorate, who are lured by financial benefits.
Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie made the statement in Benin City, when he was received in audience by the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Said he: “The easiest way to solve our problems and challenges is for our political leaders and elders to start showing the youths the right way.
“Those in government are not at fault. Let’s face the fact; we elected those with bad characters; we voted those who are not trained and people we know that are bad, we vote for them because of the three or four pence they will give us,” Okogie stated.
Cadinal Okojie was in Benin-City for the 90th birthday celebration of Archbishop Patrick Ekpu, the Emeritus Archbishop of Benin.
Receiving the esteemed clergy at the Government House in Benin City, Governor Godwin Obaseki described him as an icon and a father.
The governor said, “The Cardinal came to pay me a courtesy visit. You know he is our father. He is here in Benin to celebrate another icon, Archbishop Patrick Ekpu, the Emeritus Archbishop of Benin who will be 90 years tomorrow.
“You know their relationship, so he is here to celebrate the archbishop who is celebrating his 90th birthday and 50 years as a bishop. The Catholic bishops are here to celebrate with this great and accomplished Edo son.”