Catholic Archbishop Of Abuja ‘Cardinal John Onaiyekan’ Tells Politicians “Avoiding The Winner–Takes-All Syndrome”


Senate President, David Mark, has called on the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to launch a reconciliation initiative to appease the feelings of some aggrieved persons across the country.

Making this statement at a thanksgiving at St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy, Apo, Abuja on Thursday. Mr. Mark said “What the nation needs now is genuine reconciliation of all sections of the country and not otherwise. What must be paramount is the service, welfare and security of Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, religious or political differences.”

He also highlighted the need to bring back the North-Eastern part of the country back to normalcy, were Boko haram have caused a lot of mayhem.

He also advised public office seekers against desperation for power.

“There is no need to be desperate for power, since power comes from God,” he said. “Once we acknowledge this, we will not be at each other’s throat. My 16 years in the Senate and eight years as the President of the Senate is the Lord’s doing, not by my own wisdom, power, intelligence or fame and influence,” he said. “It has been a unique opportunity to serve in a public office.

“If God had not permitted us, we could not have achieved the much we have done for the people and above all for God.”

He thanked his colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives for their support and cooperation, which he said helped him to succeed as the President of the Senate.

Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, counselled politicians to reduce the political tension in the country by avoiding the winner–takes-all syndrome.

Mr. Onaiyekan also urged Gen. Buhari’s in-coming administration to take the nation as his constituency and carry everybody along in the scheme of things.

“Mr. President- Elect should see himself as the president of Nigeria and not of All Progressives Congress,” he said.

He further cautioned the in-coming administration to use its campaign mantra of change to change the attitude of Nigerians for good.