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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Jonathan Needs Support of Nigerians - 2011

The Bishop of the Ekiti Diocese and Archbishop of the Ondo Diocese, the Rev. Samuel Adedayo Abe, has charged Nigerians to give their maximum support to President Goodluck Jonathan in his bid to conduct credible elections next year.
Delivering a special sermon during the burial ceremony of late Mrs. Abigail Ajayi Babalola, mother of legal luminary, Chief Afe  Babalola (SAN), at St Paul ’s Anglican Church, Odo-Ado, Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, Abe said since the president has indicated that he was ready to conduct a credible election next year, it was incumbent on Nigerians to rally round him - African News Online

The deceased, who died on Monday at the age of 114 at Ilotin compound in Ado-Ekiti, was buried immediately after the Church service at the church cemetery.

According to the clergyman, Nigeria is at a very delicate period in its political life, which he said needed the support and cooperation of the people of the country.  He also said the only way to save the country from political anarchy was to encourage the president in his good intention.
Decrying the number of years, which election litigations take even after the conduct of the election, Abe said if a credible election was conducted, this long drawn period of litigation would be avoided.

While charging Nigerians on the need to play politics that was devoid of bitterness and acrimony, the cleric said, it was high time Nigerians did away with politics of thuggery and hooliganism.

Describing the late mother of the legal icon as a disciplined and dedicated Christian, Abe said throughout her life time, ‘Mama was devoted to the service of the Lord.The cleric, who urged the legal luminary not to involve himself in any partisan politics, said nothing could be gained from the politics of bitterness, which Nigerians are playing.

Quoting copiously from the books of Revelation, Hebrew and other verses from the Bible, Abe, charged the people to see death as invertible for every human being.

According to the man of God, death is a rest for those who believed in Jesus Christ  and the redeemed, who did not put their entire life on materialism.

Among the dignitaries that grace the occasion are the state Governor, Mr segun Oni, his deputy, Dr Tae Sikiru Lawal, former governor of Ondo State, Chief Olusegun Agagu, from governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose, former Military Administrator of Ekiti State, Navy Captain Atanda Yusuf, deputy-governor of Oyo State, Mr Taofeeq Arapaja, Senator Bode Ola, former deputygovernor of Ekiti State, Biodun Aluko.

Others included several men from the Bar Bench such as Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN), Dele Adesina (SAN), former ICPC Chairman, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola , Mr Adebayo Adebayo (SAN), Roland Otaru (SAN), Acting Chief Justice of Ekiti State, Silas Oyewole.

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