Former President Good luck Jonathan and Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa has known as for the speedy adoption of an digital voting system to curb the ugly development of politicians utilizing thuggery and cultism to win elections within the nation.
The previous President stated over 50 p.c of the issues confronted by the nation, together with insurgency, cultism, and corruption, might be addressed with the adoption and efficient use of e-voting.
Jonathan blamed the rising insecurity within the nation on the actions of politicians who had been hell-bent on grabbing political energy by the backdoor, in opposition to the favored want of the individuals.
He stated: “Our political actions notably using younger individuals as militiamen and thugs and so forth, to win elections has elevated the safety challenges dealing with our nation.
“Among the youths they use are so protected that even the police can’t arrest them as a result of they’re ‘boys’ to highly effective politicians who use them throughout elections.
“That’s the reason I’ve at all times advocated that for us to maneuver ahead as a rustic, we should use digital voting the place no person will use thugs to win elections’’.
“Instantly we use digital voting, the difficulty of thuggery and cultism will drop by not less than 50 p.c,” he added.
Jonathan and Diri spoke on Sunday on the Third Synod of the Diocese of Ogbia at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Otakeme within the state.
Represented on the event by his deputy, Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the Bayelsa governor urged youths to shun politicians who solely use them to attain their egocentric political objectives and abandon them afterward.
He famous that the one method a youth might resist the temptation of going into thuggery and cultism was to like and recognize him or herself, as a singular creation of God.
Diri, additionally used the chance to name on individuals of the state to key into the current administration’s prosperity agenda, by embracing agriculture and small scale companies to higher their lot.
“Identical to our father (the previous President) stated earlier, I need to encourage our youths to withstand evil politicians who don’t imply effectively for them. In the event that they invite you to hold weapons, ask them, the place are your kids? It’s essential to study to like your self above any politician.
“For us as a authorities, we’re decided to enhance the lives of our individuals. And our focus is to see how prosperity may be engendered, he stated, including, “Prosperity just isn’t engendered by coming to beg a politician to provide you one thing to eat’’.
Diri emphasised: “The person who teaches you tips on how to fish is best than the one who offers you fish. To be taking fish from a politician day-after-day is to be dependent”.
“So, we’re able to make our youths self-reliant and affluent by educating them tips on how to fish in agriculture and different professional endeavours,” he defined.
Each leaders made monetary donations to the Ogbia Diocese and urged the clergy and laity to not relent of their prayers for the state particularly and the nation typically.
Delivering his deal with, President of the Synod and Bishop of Ogbia Diocese, Rt. Rev. James Aye-Oruwori, cautioned the Federal Authorities in opposition to utilizing its Firms and different Allied Issues Act (CAMA) to undermine the sacred place of the church in society.
He stated the theme of this 12 months’s synod tagged: ‘I Am That I Am’ emphasizes the self-existent nature of God, who’s in good management of all conditions and circumstances.
Bishop Aye-Oruwori, who thanked the dignitaries and different attendees of the occasion, urged Christians to not presume to have identified God sufficient, however try to serve Him in humility always.
The three-day programme had in attendance the Bishop of Northern Izon Diocese, Rt. Rev. Funkuro Amgbari, his Niger Delta West counterpart, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Oko-Jaja, the Bishop of the Diocese on the Lake, Imo State, Rt. Rev. Chijioke Oti, along with a number of different distinguished personalities from inside and out of doors the state.