Primate Elijah Ayodele , Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, has lambasted traditional rulers for endorsing politicians who come to their palace.
The cleric accused the traditional institution of being corrupt, stressing that there is no Emir or Oba bold enough to speak the truth to politicians because they dubiously got to the throne.
In a statement by his spokesman, Oluwatosin Osho, Ayodele said: ‘’It’s unfortunate that our traditional rulers, the Emirs and Obas, are already slaves to money because they pray for anyone that comes to them, all for money. The traditional institution of Nigeria is not active; it’s not like before. There is no king that is bold enough, to tell the truth to these politicians because they all dubiously got to the throne, they keep on endorsing because of money, it is very embarrassing.’’
Primate Ayodele said pastors don’t need to join politics, but they should always speak the truth to power.
‘’Pastors too are not ready to face reality; it’s not a must we get into politics, but we should tell the politicians what is right and what is not right; some pastors mess with the name of God all in the name of contesting, I remember Okotie, Tunde Bakare that said it’s God that sent them, when they failed woefully, they cried foul, let us be real.
‘’There are some church leaders that their members are governors, vice presidents, senate presidents, and many more, but they will never tell them the truth. You know they are not performing, yet you are hailing them.
‘’2023 is important and we are all concerned; nobody must be left out, we must get our PVC to vote for the right person, let us vote our conscience, don’t let us vote because of what we will eat, politicians have fooled Nigerians, let us not allow the same set of people to come on board again.
‘’There is hunger in the land, many Nigerians are angry, and it’s so sad that these politicians keep on deceiving unsuspecting citizens. As a pastor, I am closer to the grassroots than any of these politicians, I give to the people a lot and I know the yearnings of the people, these politicians do nothing for them, until it is election period,” he stated.