Awo’s remembrance: Bishop tackles politicians over defection

The Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, Most Rev. Olusina Fape, yesterday flayed politicians in the country over the wave of defection and crosscarpeting.

Fape, who decried lack of ideological configuration among the nation’s political class, declared that politicians will suffer the consequences of their wrongdoings should they fail to repent.

The cleric said this in Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State while delivering his sermon at the 30th memorial service held in honour of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

The service, held at Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Ikenne-Remo, was attended by eminent personalities from all walks of life. Fape, who doubles as the Bishop of Remo Diocese, expressed sadness over the absence of ideology among the political class and traced the problems bedevilling the nation to it.

He said: “It is very sad for somebody to have been part of an administration or government for sixteen years and because he has lost out to another political party in election to now be describing his former political party as corrupt, reckless or irresponsible.

“It is only in Nigeria this can happen, where people have no sense of shame; and are only out for personal monetary gain and not to serve the overall good of their country.

“Since elections have been won and lost in the United Kingdom, I have never heard that members of different political parties are crosscarpeting from Labour to Conservative; or from Democrat to Republican in the United States of America.

Those are countries whose party members operate on political ideologies, unlike Nigeria where politics is a profession with the aim of joining the political party that offers the higher pay.

What a shame! “That is why I pity many of our politicians who have wasted the destiny of this nation, thinking that they are clever, jumping from one political party to another, claiming they are on a rescue mission in this nation; when in actual fact, they are only on a mission of self survival and relevance.

“They are not clever. Except they ask for forgiveness, they will suffer the consequences of their wrongdoings against this nation together with their upcoming generations.”

Fape, who extolled the virtues of the late Awolowo, said he remained the only former Nigerian leader whose name had continued repeatedly to open and close doors in the political permutation of the South-West.

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