Don’t let nepotism, ethnicity influence your voting decision, says Prof. Ajayi

The Guest Speaker at the Founder's Day. Prof. Konyiinsola Ajayi, SAN
The Guest Speaker at the Founder’s Day. Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi, SAN

The Managing Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP, Professor Konyinsola Ajayi, SAN, has urged Nigerians not to allow nepotism, ethnicity and sectionalism influence their voting decision in elections.
Speaking as the guest speaker at the 11th Founder’s Day Lecture and Award Ceremony with the theme: “Politics beyond Ethnicity, Nepotism and Sectionalism: A Duty for the Nigerian Press and the Electorate”, organized by The Bible Society of Nigeria, Professor Ajayi stated that such myopic considerations are not good for our politics.
He stressed that every authority is ordained by God and added that God would always use men to actualize His purpose. He, therefore, advised Nigerians to align their choice of whoever becomes their leaders with the will of God for the nation to experience peace and prosperity.
On the role of the press, Professor Ajayi said it is the responsibility of the press to show the way by constantly reporting the truth, so that the people would be properly guided. He said that a situation where the press publishes fake news or allows itself to be bought with money would spell doom for the country.
More so, the Chairman of the occasion, Publisher of the Guardian Newspapers Limited, Lady Maiden

L-R: President and Board Chairman of The Bible Society of Nigeria, Dr. Aaron Nuhu; a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Chief Philip Asiodu presenting award for Selfless Service to God and Humanity to the Managing Diretor of First Registrar and Investment Limited, Pastor Bayo Olugbemi. With them is Pastor Olugbemi's wife, Fadeke
L-R: President and Board Chairman of The Bible Society of Nigeria, Dr. Aaron Nuhu; a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Chief Philip Asiodu presenting award for Selfless Service to God and Humanity to the Managing Diretor of First Registrar and Investment Limited, Pastor Bayo Olugbemi. With them is Pastor Olugbemi’s wife, Fadeke

Alex-Ibru, said that the press is constitutionally empowered to monitor governance and hold the people in authority accountable. She disclosed that in 1979, the country’s political leaders inserted the idea of federal character in the constitution to lighten the darkness called nepotism and sectionalism, but regrettably, they have been insensitive to the principle of federal character in recent times. She expressed hope that true federalism would be restored in Nigeria.
Earlier, the President and Board Chairman, The Bible Society of Nigeria, Dr. Aaron Nuhu, welcomed guests to the occasion, while the General Secretary, Dr. Dare Ajiboye encouraged them to vote in elections if they must change the political landscape of the country. He urged them to back up their prayers for a better Nigeria with actual voting, adding that the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) will only count votes and not prayers.

The Managing Director/CEO of Jawa International Limited, VARKEY VERGHESE [r] presenting the award of Selfless Service to God and Humanity to the President of The Apostolic Church Nigeria, Pastor Sampson Igwe
The Managing Director/CEO of Jawa International Limited, VARKEY VERGHESE [r] presenting the award of Selfless Service to God and Humanity to the President of The Apostolic Church Nigeria, Pastor Sampson Igwe
The highlight of the occasion was the presentation of award of 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; the pupils of Livingsprings Primary School, Lekki, Lagos, who dramatized the theme of the lecture to the admiration of the guests and other dignitaries.

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