THE Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, has called on political leaders occupying sensitive positions in the country to demonstrate humility by accepting responsibility for their actions and inactions.
Diri, made the call when the leadership of the Christian Council of Nigeria, paid a courtesy visit to his office at the Government House, Yenagoa, on Tuesday.
He said it was practically impossible to effectively tackle and surmount the security and socio-economic challenges facing the country, if her leaders refused to admit their mistakes and take necessary steps to correct them.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, insisted that as long as leaders, especially at the federal level, refused to accept that Nigeria was experiencing a serious crisis, the nation would make no progress.
He also, in a statement, expressed displeasure at what he termed the overwhelming emphasis on materialistic pursuit by most Churches to the detriment of the untainted gospel of Jesus Christ.
According to him, the inability of the clergy to speak the truth to government had encouraged the political class to lead the people with disrespect for rule of law, justice and brazen corruption.
He urged the church to engage itself in critical self-examination and live up to expectations by preaching love and the need for both leaders and the led to demonstrate the fear of God in all their dealings.
Diri, who highlighted some of the economic and security woes facing the country, however, urged Nigerians not to despair but join forces with the Peoples Democratic Party to unseat the ruling All Progressive Congress in 2023.
The President of the Christian Council of Nigeria, Most Rev Benebo Fubara-Manuel, commended the Diri-led administration for its focused leadership in the state and the support it is giving to the Church.