THE Administrator, Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia, Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Ezoke has called on leaders to be more patriotic in delivering their services to the people.
The call was made at St Joseph Cathedral Church, Ekwulobia, on Sunday, during the Christ The King celebration.
The Catholic clergy said leaders had much to do in positively affecting citizens and convincing them of their commitment to good service delivery in terms of improved standard of living, equity and fairness to all persons, which according to him, will reduce voices of dissension to appreciable level.
Speaking to National Light on expectations from leaders in the country going forward, Fr Ezoke said: ” The Catholic Church has been preaching about oneness, stressing one nationhood and patriotism. It is already the character of Catholicism but the leaders have a great role to play here,” Fr Ezoke said.
He urged the government to live up to their responsibilities and shun all forms of ethnicity and poor policy execution. ” We are playing our own role and we want the government to perform their own duties; shun all forms of ethnicity, shun all forms of bribery and corruption.”
The priest emphasised the need for leaders to desist from any act that promotes impunity or encourage brigandism. He lampooned the present security situation in the country to be product of defective system.
“The leaders should avoid all acts promoting agitation, all sorts of bad things happening in the nation that had warranted the rise of agitators to fight for their rights and unknown gunmen activities too,” the priest stated, while advising authorities to rise up to their responsibility in dealing with the challenges.
According to the priest, when those in authority play the good leadership role, the followers will be compliant with rules and orders and society will be peaceful.
” We want to see good leadership”, Fr Ezoke noted.