NEWS DIGEST–An Islamic cleric, Alhaji Raheem Arikewuyo Olowoyo, has advised Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to learn from the downfall of his predecessor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, in exercising power given to him by the electorate.
Olowoyo said those who wield the position of power will leave office one day and should always ponder on life after office.
According to him, people in position of power must learn from the fact that Fayose, who still wielded power of life and death just a week ago, is now cooling his heel in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Olowoyo, who is the Awiye Adinni of Ekiti land, said transience of power should motivate those holding positions of leadership to do well and be accountable to people because of the impending day of reckoning.
The cleric spoke on Thursday at the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service held at the Government House, Ado-Ekiti as part of activities to mark the coming to power of the Fayemi administration.
The service was attended by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi; wife of the governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; wife of the deputy governor, Mrs. Margaret Egbeyemi; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Adeniran Alagbada; traditional rulers, religious leaders and senior civil servants.
The Awiye Adinni spoke while leading Muslim prayer for the success of the new Fayemi administration.
Anglican Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Christopher Omotunde, prayed that God will not allow Ahithophels to get into government and mislead the governor.
Olowoyo said: “By this time last week, it was whoever Fayose wanted that will be allowed to enter this Government House and whoever he did not want will not be allowed in.
“But where is Fayose today? Where is Fayose today? Fayose is now a former governor, the governor that is there today will be a former governor tomorrow.
“Three days have gone out of four years and that is how the four years will be reducing gradually. People are talking about good things and bad things Fayose did in power.
“Fayemi is a good man and God has given him a wonderful woman as wife and they don’t underrate people. My prayer is that God will not allow evil people to be part of this government.”
Delivering the Muslim sermon, the state Missioner of Ansar-ud-Deen Society, Alhaji Baba Abdul Salam, described position of power as “trial from God.”
Abdul Salam urged leaders in the country to rule with justice and fair play adding that Fayemi has begun well and must be supported with prayers to succeed.
He said: “This is a good beginning, Fayemi is exposed, he has interacted with Presidents and world leaders and he has come to do well in this second term.”
Delivering the Christian sermon, Ekiti Provincial Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Goke Buti, assured that the state will take its pride of place in Nigeria under Fayemi.
Speaking on the topic: “Possess Your Possession,” Buti said God the Fayemi administration should not see any impossibility but must go forth and do exploits for the people
Buti said: “In this administration, we should not see impossibility, it is time for God to make Ekiti great. We can overcome poverty, unemployment and other problems confronting this state.”
Speaking on behalf of the governor who was attending the Governors’ Forum meeting in Abuja, Egbeyemi assured that the new government will not discriminate in making people feel impact of governance.
Egbeyemi said: “Whether you are a member of APC, PDP or any other party, if your children are in public schools, they will enjoy free education because this government is a friend to everybody.
“We will do more than what we did during the first tenure. I moved round with the governor during the campaign and there are projects to show in all towns and villages.
“We have said we are not probing anybody but we want to look into the books because workers want us to pay them, pensioners want us to pay them and we are going to work out how we will pay them.
“An emaciated child cannot be fed to become robust in one day; we will be doing it gradually. We want our spiritual fathers to keep on praying for us to succeed in this task.”