Tinubu’ll fulfill his electoral promises – Ekiti Catholic Bishop
The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye, has expressed confidence that the incoming administration of Bola Tinubu will fulfill his electoral promises, saying that a new Nigeria is possible under him.
The cleric made this submission on Sunday in his homily at the 57th World Communications Day at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State
While warning those calling for the suspension of his inauguration on May 29, the cleric disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari must hand over to Tinubu on the said date as the constitution demands.
“President Buhari will end his two-term of eight years on the said day and there must never be a vacuum. Why the call for the suspension of the inauguration of the President-elect until the determination of the court?” He queried.
Ajakaye stressed that “A new us is possible in Nigeria”, adding that Nigeria must fashion out a lawful way or ways of addressing the legion of electoral matters before the stipulated date of 29 May of any electoral year.
“All those inaugurated on the day and their elections are subsequently nullified by the court, up to the Supreme Court, such people must refund their salaries and other emoluments within the period they held forth illegally. Not only that, such people are not to be addressed as former this, former that, because the courts have ruled against them,” he said.
The Catholic Bishop called on Tinubu to fulfil his promise of ‘renewed hope’ adding he should encourage politics of engagement rather than the one that would divide the country.
Ajakaye then opined that independent candidacy in Nigerian politics is needed now more than ever before.
“I encourage the incoming administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to promote politics of engagement, not politics of intimidation, if his renewed hope has to be meaningful and positive than outgoing President Buhari’s ‘Change’. A new us is possible in Nigeria”.
The man of God urged journalists and communicators to exhibit high sense of professionalism in discharging their duties, noting, they should not be at eager to break news and to shun arm-chair journalism.
“As communicators, let communicate heart to heart and we should be teachers and students in our communication.
“Pope Francis message is communicating cordially, communicating heart to heart: In order to speak well, it is enough to love well, promoting a language of peace, among others,” he said.