The people of Anambra should allow God's own candidate to emerge as successor to Gov. Peter Obi, regardless of the senatorial district he or she comes from.
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, made the call on Wednesday at the Regional Priests Recollection held at Assumpta Parish, Nimo, Njikoka Local Government Area of the state.
The cleric’s call is coming against the backdrop of Gov. Obi’s preference that his successor should come from Anambra North Senatorial district.
Obi is of the view that the district had been marginalised in the politics of the state.
Ezeokafor said: “Let us pray for the right candidate who would not only consolidate on the good work of Gov. Peter Obi, but would also strive to do better than him.
“Obi has changed the face of the state, restored the people's confidence in governance and has done a great job in all sectors of the state's economy.
“But let us forget about where his successor would come from. The bottom line is that we need a leader and not a ruler, we need somebody who would be ready to improve on Obi's qualities.”
On the mystery bodies discovered on Ezu River on Jan. 19, the Cleric urged the state and Federal Governments to unravel the mystery and fish out the perpetrators of this `heinous act'.
Ezeokafor, who contended that political killings were on the increase in Nigeria, warned that if allowed to continue, the country would end up achieving nothing.
“Nigerians should seek the face of God; I see no reason why some people would decide to be taking people's lives without recourse to God and humanity.
“Why should we allow these ungodly and unscrupulous person's waste people's lives,” he asked.
Ezeokafor said that the Regional Priests Recollection would provide opportunity for clergymen to have spiritual cleansing and have a sense of redirection which they are expected to impact on their parishioners. (NAN)