By Luminous Jannamike
ABUJA – The former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retired) and President of the Nigerian Christian Association, CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has attributed the poor state of the economy’s slippage, insecurity and underdevelopment.
According to them, any country governed by unreliable leaders will always have difficulties to progress and compete favorably in the community of nations.
The duo spoke Thursday at the Thanksgiving service and reception hosted by CAN in honor of the Rev. Yakubu Pam, the new Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC.
Gowon denounced the lack of quality leaders in many positions of authority and blamed the selfishness of leaders for the lack of peace in many parts of the country.
Represented by the Minister of Special Duties, George Akume, Gowon said: “The country has suffered under the leadership of people who do not want peace.”
For his part, CAN President Samson Ayokunle said: “One of the things that is killing our nation, Nigeria, today is the shortage of reliable leaders. The nation is crawling because some, if not many, of those who lead are not trustworthy.
“There are embezzlers and rogues. You cannot compromise any resources in your hands and expect good returns. Many companies in this country have closed due to unfaithful managers and workers.
“Our country is in great danger because of this. This unfaithful leadership does not exclude any of us from church leadership. ”
In addition to Gowon and the president of the CAN, in his message of good will, the vice president of the Senate, senator Ovie Omo-Agege, said that he believed that the new head of the NCPC would use his experience to spread tolerance and love in the country.
“I am confident that you will bring your wealth of knowledge and experience in the teachings of Christ, to spread tolerance and love in our country. As believers and disciples of Jesus Christ, we must follow in his footsteps.
“I am confident in their ability to raise the bar and improve the experience and outcome of the Christian pilgrimage in Nigeria,” he said.
In his comments, the newly appointed NCPC Executive Secretary, Rev. Yakubu Pam, said that part of his agenda in office was to redeem Nigeria’s image internationally.
According to him, the image of the nation has been dented by pilgrims who flee during pilgrimages.
He also said that the commission had begun working with stakeholders that would ensure a thorough evaluation of the pilgrims with intent.
Pam said: “I would like to rebuild our image internationally because of our primary responsibility to embark on pilgrimages, as our image in international communities is not that good, especially with the records we have of people fleeing when they are sent on holy pilgrimage.
In light of this, we have strategically begun working with relevant stakeholders that will ensure a comprehensive pilgrim assessment with the intention of increasing global acceptability and respect.
“We will continue to advise our pilgrims to remain determined as pilgrims and not as tourists while on pilgrimage.”
In listing another agenda, Pam said she would make sure the commission complied with the law that sets it.
“I would embark on a reorientation of the mentality of the Ministers of God and other pilgrims. This will drive behavioral change first in itself and ultimately return the lessons learned to society.
“I would like to start a relationship between my staff, relevant stakeholders, Muslims and Christians in Nigeria.
“Above all, I will guarantee mutual respect and unity between each and every one. I would work assiduously to win people’s trust and allow me to carry out a reconciliation between people for peaceful coexistence,” he added.