Giving this charge while briefing newsmen after a courtesy visit to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye recently, at the Redemption Camp, Lagos/Ibadan Expressway , Olumakaiye admonished the youths to shun violence during the elections
The bishop decried the present situation in the country, where decisions that affects youths, who make up a large proportion of the Nigerian population is made by the older generation.
“I don’t know how an elderly person that is above 80 years can make policies that they will not be part of.
“There should be a drastic, revolutionary and spiritual change that can bring this country to the Promised Land, the youth should come all out and seize their future without violence”, he said.
He called on political leaders to stop recycling candidates, add-in that these people are only after their personal gain, and as such, have nothing to offer the country.
“These people don’t have the interest of the populace at heart, and they are only after what they will get.
“Enough is enough, the young, the youth, vibrant people should be given a chance in the polity of this country. This tradition of recycling the same set of people that are already over spent should be stopped, if it is not done it will be difficult to move forward”, he stated.
He said money politics which has been the norm, is bad for the country and will only make room for bad leadership.
“Money politics which is the kind of politics practised here is our country, will not make us get the best leaders. Merit should be our priority”, hr stated.
The cleric urged Nigerians to go get their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) which he said is their ticket to vote in credible leaders.
He also advised that during elections, they (Nigerians) should vote according to their conscience, as well as participate fully in electing their leaders as they have the right to pick leaders of their choice.
“The PVC is very important for everyone to have; we should go all out in mobilizing people to vote for credible leaders,’’ he said.
While condeming the rate at which politicians were defecting from one political party to the other, the cleric said this trend is unfortunate and unhealthy for the country.
“It is very unfortunate that this is the kind of politics that is being played out in this country, and it cannot take us anywhere, it is not good for our country.
“It is disheartening; it cannot take us to the greater future that we are looking ahead to. I believe our focus should be on good governance and fighting corruption which has already become a cancer in our system,’’ he added.
He said that for the nation to overcome her challenges, citizens need to return to God.
“We should go back to the ancient path of obedience, dignity of labour, honesty, fear of God, love, and also being faithful to the things of God.
“By the time we walk in the path of righteousness, the beauty of holiness will be seen in our lives by everybody and the society will be better for everyone to live,” he said.
He urged Nigerians not to lose faith, but to continue to pray for their country.
“We should continue to pray and be patient with this government and see what they will deliver at the end of their four years.
“I believe that they are focused, but at the same time, they need to do more especially on security. There is need for them to improve on security”, he noted.
On the economic state of the nation, he said: Our need to do more, so that life can be better for the common man. I have lived among the local people. I know that they are suffering greatly”, he said.
On his visit to Pastor Adeboye, Olumakaiye said that it was to intimate and invite Pastor Adeboye to the centenary anniversary of the diocese of Lagos coming up next year.
“We were there to celebrate with the Redeem church, to further the work of the kingdom,’’ he said.
On his part, Adeboye prayed for a successful ministry for the newly enthroned Bishop, and also thanked him (Olumakaiye) and his wife for their visit.
“I was born an Anglican, and I am ready to work with the Bishop to promote the course of the gospel.
“In my early years, I wanted to be a Bishop because I was inspired by the visitation of an Anglican Bishop to my home town in 1951, It came to pass in 1981, 30 years later”, said Adeboye.