2023 ELECTION: We Must End This Political and Economic Tyranny -Bishop Tony Marioghae
Bishop Tony Marioghae, has described the coming Nigerian election in few days, as one of the nation’s most divisive but consequential presidential elections. “The stakes are high. People are fed up with the status quo and want genuine change. The most radical elements in our midst even desire a people’s revolution”, he stated.
Lamenting the eight years of present administration that has moved the nation closer to the edge of the abyss. Marioghae called on Nigerians and said, “One more mistake may cause irreversible damage to our political entity. Nigerians must choose wisely by elevating the nation’s destiny above personal interests and sentiments. Patriotism demands painful sacrifices.”
Since the inception of this government, the nation has changed drastically. Still, it was a change that has traumatised Nigerians in all facets of life – with the legacy of corruption, disunity, nepotism, insecurity, terrorism, inflation, gasoline scarcity, food scarcity and the highest unemployment rate in the nation’s history.
“Nigerians have never experienced anything as terrible as this. Inaction at this crucial time is an irresponsible act of unpatriotism. We must vote to liberate this nation from the claws of the insidious by electing the most competent presidential candidate and qualified lawmakers”, he said.
He warned, “Nigeria belongs to all of us. We should never allow a few corrupt politicians and oligarchs who constitute less than one per cent of the nation’s population to determine the nation’s destiny and turn Nigeria into a wasteland by looting the treasury and making it their piggy bank.” The resolve of over 200 Million Nigerians must be stronger than the greed of a tiny cabal who arrogantly believes they own the country. We must end this political and economic tyranny and make Nigeria shine again, he added.
Despite our collective suffering, a shrinking GDP, a drained foreign reserve and an ever-growing debt profile, we have the power to end this nightmare and set our country on the path of peace, prosperity and progress by hiring a pragmatic and visionary thinker who has a production mindset to meet all domestic challenges and the global and technological demands of the 21st century.
Calling on Nigerians, he said, “A country that has produced many world-acclaimed icons and achievers in all spectrums of life should never surrender its highest office to incompetent politicians and the worst elements in our society. Enough is enough.” We must use our votes to send a clear message to the corrupt cabal that Nigeria is not for sale. Nelson Mandela once said, “real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people”, he declared.
The misconduct of a few must not be the yardstick for measuring the integrity of all Nigerians. We are hard-working and intelligent people who know how to make the right choices when the occasion demands. We should never allow religious and tribal barriers to divide our ranks. We must be resolute with our demands for positive change.
Bemoaning the untapped Nigeria’s potential and vast mineral resources, Bishop Marioghae said, “our people should never live in abject poverty. We must rely on our shared vision rather than the goodwill of western nations and China to carve our destiny”.
“To achieve this, we have a responsibility to embrace quality leadership, common sense legislation, accountability and competent execution of meaningful projects. Nigerians should learn to look inward through innovative thinking, prudent planning and thrifty spending habits”, he added.
While pleading for accelerated progress, he suggested that, “the nation should decentralise and empower the states and local governments for maximum productivity by assigning more responsibilities to the local units through constitutional restructuring.”
He further advised, “We should never allow our sufferings to push us into despair and political apathy. Our vote is our power to turn our pain into purpose and tests into testimonies of victory that will reverberate worldwide.”
“Let’s elect a president with vigour, compassion, knowledge and competence to tackle the many problems of Nigeria…the person who will never betray the electoral mandate of the people who voted him to serve them”, he charged.
“We do not want a flamboyant “emperor” as our president. We need a servant-leader who understands the daunting task ahead of him. It is needful to remind Nigerians of the urgency of the moment with the words of the American Senator from Georgia, Reverend Raphael Warnock, “a vote is a kind of prayer for the kind of world we desire for ourselves and our children.”