2023: ‘Electorates may resort to stoning politicians during campaigns’ ― Cleric

The Bishop of Diocese on the Coast, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Revd. Olusegun Pirisola, said most Nigerians have lost hope in the present-day politicians and leaders, saying they lacked ideas to propel Nigeria to prosperity in 2023.

Pirisola, who stated this during the funeral service of a former state Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Chief Augustus Akenroye, at Ebenezer Anglican Cathedral, Ilutitun-Osooro, in Okitipupa council of the State, said electorates may resort to stoning politicians during campaigns for next year general elections.

The Bishop said political leaders have failed in the area of security, anti-corruption, infrastructural and economic development making life extremely difficult for people who voted them to power.

He blamed the government at all levels for the continued power outage in the South Senatorial District of the State, noting that the subsequent government had failed to address the power failure in the area, noting that the coastal communities have been in darkness for over ten years.

According to him, the affected people in four local government areas of the district namely: Ilaje, Okitipupa, Irele and Ese-Odo, have lost hope in representative democracy and leadership style of the present-day politicians, saying the social and economic activities of the area has been relegated to the background.

He warned that the continued failure by politicians to fix the problem may disrupt their chances in the forthcoming 2023 general elections, saying the councils play vital roles in the development of the nation.

He frowned over the continued blackout of over 2,000 communities that have been cut off from the national power grid and lamented that “it is promises all the time; when it is close to the Christmas they will say that you will have the light.

The clergy described the Late Akenroye as an Ikale man who had contributed his own quotas immensely to the development of his community, the legal profession, Anglican Communion, Ondo State and Nigeria as a whole.

The firstborn of the deceased, Dr. Adegboyega Akenroye, who spoke on behalf of his siblings, allayed the fears of the people on the annual prize instituted by their father in his alma mater, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State.

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