By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
The Bishop of Otukpo Anglican Diocese in Benue State, Rt. Rev. David Bello, on Friday, admonished the country’s politicians not to get drunk with power but rather see their positions as a call to serve the people who elected them.
The Clergyman spoke during a Thanksgiving service held at St. Peters Cathedral , Ake, Abeokuta, Ogun state capital to celebrate the 75th birthday of the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egba Land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.
Bello noted that public offices should be seen as an avenue to serve the people, saying that politicians should serve the people with the fear of God at heart
He stressed that whatever one becomes in life does not mean he or she was the best for the job.
He revealed that whatever position one attains in life, it was only the mercy of God that put the person in the position.
The Cleric said any office holder who get into office and all of a sudden becomes a billionaire is a “thief”.
His words: “People say they want to contest for power. It is not power. Whether you are the President, Governor, a Senator or member of the House of Representatives, you are called to serve the people.
“And when you have served, that is when you deserve to be called honourable. The position is not a contest for power and that’s where we get it wrong.
“If you go into office to serve and you become a billionaire, you’re a thief. You’re not to go there and become a billionaire.
“In fact you’re expected to lose something and because you have lost something , people will respect you and honour you. So, we should try to see things for what they are,” he said.
In his goodwill message, the State Governor , Senator Ibikunle Amosun, praised the Alake of Egba land for the support he had given to the government both at the state and Federal level.
Amosun reiterated that the state would continue to witness massive development with the support of the people.
The only lesson for the service was read from the book of Mathew 5 : 1-16 and was read by the celebrant.
Dignitaries at the church service include, Former governor of Ogun state, Olusegun Osoba, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Olu and Paramount ruler of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, Deputy Governor of the state, Yetunde Onanuga.