Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev Felix Femi Ajakaye yesterday had messages from the pulpit for both the Federal Government and politicians jostling to govern Ekiti State after the June 21 governorship election.
He advised the federal authority to drop the idea of deploying military personnel for governorship election purposes in Ekiti and Osun States in June and August.
Rather, he counseled the federal government not to engage soldiers in civil duties but to mobilize them to restore peace in the crisis-ridden Northeast, where hundreds of school girls are still being held captive by Boko Haram insurgents.
The fiery cleric, who spoke in his sermon at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral Church, Ado-Ekiti, also urged politicians in Ekiti State to make their campaigns issue-based in the run-up to the June 12 governorship poll.
Bishop Ajakaye gave the sermon at a special thanksgiving service to mark the 52nd anniversary of his birthday. At the service were Ekiti State Deputy Governor Prof Modupe Adelabu and wife of the state governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi.
He described as saddening that more than a month after the insurgents abducted the girls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, their whereabouts remained unknown.
Prof Adelabu described the cleric as a man of integrity while Mrs Fayemi congratulated the bishop on his birthday.
She urged him to continue to intercede for peace for continued peace in the Land of Honour of State.
Ekiti State Government Press Release