Monday, July 26, 2010

Nigeria: Bishop Advocates Intellectual Screening for Political Office Seekers

From All Africa -Nigeria

The Bishop of Sabongidda - Ora Diocese (Anglican Communion), the Right Rev. Professor John Akao has advocated a compulsory political debate for all persons aspiring to elective offices at different levels in the country.

The Right Rev. Akao made the recommendation in his charge at the second session of the sixth synod of the Diocese, held at St. Peter's Anglican Church, Uhonmora on the theme, "Who will Roll the Stone Away For Us: a Yearning for Divine Intervention".

The Bishop explained that potential leaders should be made to face the people through the mass media for the electorate to have a peep into their intellectual sanity and soundness of their manifestoes, adding that the people must not in the name of a political party vote for a "political moron or an inarticulate party loyalist".

Professor Akao, who charged the new INEC leadership to be "bias-free in their judgements" and to demonstrate courage and the fear of God in their assignment, also called on Nigerian politicians to eschew hooliganism, ritual killings, unfaithfulness and rigging in politics.

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