By Ayobami Agboola, Osogbo
As the preparation for the Osun state governorship election is at the top gear,the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has urged whoever that emerge victorious to run an all-inclusive government in order to move the state forward.
Oluwo gave the charge at the annual national leadership prayer held in his palace in Iwo on Sunday.
The annual prayer was launched last year by Oluwo to conduct a special supplication for divine direction and virile governance doctrine for the country leaders.
Speaking, the Oluwo of Iwoland said good governance would be better achieved when the state administration is broad-baded.
Oba Akanbi who said nobody can assume the mantle of leadership without the knowledge of God urged political leaders to always see themselves as one.
He stressed the need for the political office holders to always work in unison regardless of their political affiliation, saying the state would continue to progress after the gubernatorial election when the winner sees his victory as victory for all and also oppositiona as partners in progress.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to all the political parties to see themselves as one after the poll, whoever that emerge victorious should invite others and run an all-inclusive government in order to move the state forward.”
“The winner should know that there are so many people within the opposition parties who have leadership traits, and have so many good thing to offer the state.
“He should invite them to run the government together, they should put their political differences behind and work to gether to move the state to a greater heights.
“What such a person would add as a value to move the state forward should be our major concerned”. Oluwo said
He therefore urged the electorate to come out en mass and cast their vote for the candidate of their choice and eschew any activities capable of causing crisis before, during, and after the election.
Speaking on why he initiated the annual prayer for the Nigerian leaders, Oluwo said that the governing authorities are established by God and they are expected to be honoured. He added that the only way to honour the leaders is to pray for their well-being.
Oba Akanbi enjoined Nigerians to always pray for the leaders in order to promote growth and development in the country .
“The reason we should pray for our leaders is that people will be saved, so the economy will prosper.
“We should also pray for our leaders so we don’t have to pay so much for health care.
“God tells us to pray for our leaders because God desires all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.
“It is fine to care about politics, and God calls many believers to be involved in politics, but he never wants us to lose focus on his kingdom and his desire to save multitudes.
“So, let’s pray for our leaders—that God will give them wisdom and cause them to promote life and righteousness and peace.
“Of course, there are many leaders in our lives who are not part of the government.
“We should be praying for those who lead us in the church, mosques and those who serve us on police departments, schools, and at work, for example. Leaders of every kind need God’s support and guidance.
“We should also pray for the family members of our leaders, who often help to bear the load of leadership. Pray, too, that your leaders will have godly friends who support and encourage them.”
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