Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has urged political leaders occupying sensitive positions in the country to demonstrate humility by accepting responsibility for their actions and inactions in office.
He stated this on Tuesday, November 23, when the leadership of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Yenagoa.
Governor Diri said it was practically impossible to effectively tackle and surmount the security and socioeconomic challenges facing the country, if its leaders refuse to admit their mistakes and take necessary steps to correct them.
The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, insisted that as long as leaders, especially at the federal level, refuse to accept that Nigeria is experiencing serious crisis, the nation would make no progress.
The Bayelsa State Chief Executive also expressed displeasure at what he refers to as overwhelming emphasis on materialistic pursuit by most churches to the detriment of the untainted gospel of Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind.
According to him, the inability of the clergy to speak truth to government, encourages the political class in the country to lead the people with disrespect for rule of law, justice and brazen corruption.
He urged the church to engage itself in critical self-examination and live up to expectation by preaching love and the need for both leaders and the governed to show the fear of God in all their dealings.
The Governor, who highlighted some of the economic and security woes facing the country, however, urged Nigerians not to despair but join forces with the Peoples Democratic Party to unseat the ruling All Progressives Congress in 2023.
He equally appealed to the visiting clergy and the Christian community not to relent in their prayers for the country to overcome its current woes.
Governor Diri said having seen the huge difference between the PDP and the ruling party, it was incumbent on them to mobilize their members to make the right leadership choice in the 2023 general elections.
In his remarks earlier, the President of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), Most Reverend (Dr.) Benebo Fubara-Manuel, commended the Prosperity Government for its focused leadership in the state and the support it is giving to the Church.
He said they were in the state for a national meeting and to explore areas of cooperation with government to further promote the prevailing inter-religious dialogue and cooperation in the state.