49Years after Nigeria gained her independence from her colonial master, Rt. Rev'd Ephraim Ikeakor says Nigerians are still living in bondage. The Bishop made this declaration during the Independence Prayer Breakfast held at the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew, Amichi on the 1st day of October 2009.
Bishop Ikeakor in his message at the occasion insists that “the problem we have is that of corruption and insincererity. A country where we have looters for leaders”. The Bishop regretted that these 49years has been a history of futility and frivolity. He bemoaned the situation in Anambra state where a delegation from Benue state had to come in to conduct party primaries; the only state where 48 aspirants are jostling for the governorship ticket under one party. A situation he described as a shame.
The Bishop bereted Nigerians for selling out so cheaply. People have sold their rights and the future of their children for things as cheap as salt and rice. He further noted that “man is born free but everywhere around him is bondage. How this came to be, I don't know.” The Bishop pointed out that the systematic destruction of education in Nigeria is the prime product of bad government, a situation that has left us with a breed of unemployable graduates.
Bishop Ikeakor did not spare religious institutions in Nigeria for her complicity in the national problem. He described it as unacceptable a situation where religious leaders put religious affinity above good governance.
Referring to the wordings of the Nigerian national anthem, he said Nigeria started as a godly nation with well thought out vision but regretted that godless and greedy leaders have stopped us from attaining such lofty heights.
Looking at the political situation in Nigeria today, the bishop declares that the solution lies in Jesus Christ.
The Bishop led the congregation to pray for the nation and as well prayed for people's personal needs.
By Rev'd. Chukwuebuka Chukwuemeka