Professor Konyinsola Ajayi (SAN), has urged Nigerians to eschew ethnicity, nepotism and sectionalism; and to be more committed in building a virile society and democratic deals. He made the submission in Lagos at the Founder’s Day Annual Lecture and Award ceremony organized by The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN).
He spoke on
the theme: “Politics beyond Ethnicity, Nepotism and Sectionalism: A Duty for the Nigerian Press and the Electorate.”
He said every authority is ordained by God, noting that God would always use men to actualize his purpose. He urged Nigerians to align themselves with their leaders for the nation to experience peace and prosperity.
On the role of the press, Professor Konyinsola said it is the responsibility of the media to show the way by constantly reporting the truth in order to guide the people properly. He said that a
situation where the press publishes fake news or allow itself to be bought with money would spell doom for the country.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the occasion, Publisher of the Guardian Newspapers Limited, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru, said that the Press is constitutionally empowered to monitor governance and hold the people in authority accountable. She disclosed that, “ in 1979, our political leaders inserted the idea of federal character in the constitution to lighten the darkness called nepotism and sectionalism, but
regrettably, our leaders in recent times have been insensitive to the principle of federal character.” She expressed hope that true federalism would be restored in Nigeria.
Earlier, the General Secretary of The Bible Society of Nigeria, Dr. Dare Ajiboye encouraged Christians not to shy away from politics, but to participate in the promotion of democratic ideals in the country, even as he charged them to pray fervently for a better Nigeria.
The highlight of the occasion was the presentation of award for Selfless Service to God and Humanity to the President of The Apostolic Church Nigeria, Pastor Dr. Sampson Igwe and the Managing Director/CEO, First Registrar and Investment Limited, Pastor Bayo Olugbemi. The programme was attended by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Chief Philip Asiodu; Vice President of The Apostolic Church Nigeria, Pastor Emmanuel Awojide; immediate past General Secretary of BSN, Rev Dr. Fred Odutola and other dignitaries.