Anglican Bishops Urge Nigerians To Recall Selfish Lawmakers


BEVERLY HILLS, April 25, (THEWILL) – The Anglican Bishop of Egba Diocese in Ogun state, Rt. Rev’d Emmanuel Adekunle has advised the Nigerian electorate to be courageous enough to recall any lawmaker in the National Assembly who does anything contrary to their wishes and aspirations.

The outspoken cleric bared his mind at the weekend in Abeokuta at a media briefing on the 2016 diocesan synod of the church with the theme, 'The Beatitudes’.

He noted that events in the Senate in the past few weeks call for vigilance from Nigerians as it appeared that some of the lawmakers were in the legislature for selfish interests and not to make life better for the people.

According to the religious leader, “It is sad that many of our lawmakers in the National Assembly, most especially in the Senate, were there for selfish interests.

“The recent happenings in the Senate are shameful. I think Nigerians should be courageous enough to recall any of their representatives who are not representing them well, either in the Senate or in the House of Representatives.”

Speaking in the same vein, the Bishop emeritus of Akure Diocese, Bishop Gbolanle Gbonigi supported the idea of recalling lawmakers found guilty of corrupt practices, but regretted that the process of recalling was difficult in Nigerian democratic system.

In the words of the retired Bishop, “I support the idea of recalling corrupt lawmakers from the National Assembly wholeheartedly. But it is one thing to say that they should be recalled, it is another thing for it to be done.

“It is not only these people that are corrupt, they came out from all of us and very many politicians are corrupt in Nigeria. If you say they should be recalled, who will recall them? They bribed the people to get to the House and they give part of the money they steal to some people in their constituencies. So, it is not as easy as one would think.”