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Anglican Bishop Calls For Review Of Buhari, Osinbajo, Lawmakers Salaries

Bishop Samuel Oludele Ogundeji

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - The Diocesan Bishop of Anglican Communion, Diocese of Egba West, Rt. Rev. Samuel Oludele Ogundeji has called for the downward review of the jumbo salaries and allowances of political office holders in the country to enable many state meet up with the new minimum wage. 

Rev. Ogundeji equally said the planned increase of the Value Added Tax (VAT) by the federal government should be dropped, urging governments at all levels to source for another means of generating fund to pay the minimum wage instead of levy Nigerian masses to fund its projects.

The Diocesan Bishop gave the charge on Friday at the 3rd session of the fourth synod of Egba West Diocese, Ogun State held at St. Mathew's Anglican Church, Aseese, Mowe-Ibafo, Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The man of God emphasized that, the issue of new minimum wage and salary scale for workers must commence very soon because what the political office holders are collecting cannot be compared with what the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) is asking for. 

Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa in a discussion with Bishop Ogundeji while Rev. Mrs. Ogundeji looks on

He noted that, Nigeria remains the country with highest emoluments for political office holders in the world despite the bad and wobbling economy, saying the President and Vice President salaries must be cut down including the Senators and Assembly members. 

Speaking on the incessant killings in the North East of Nigeria, Rev. Ogundeji called on the federal government to intensify effort in tackling the menace of the  Fulani herdsmen  and insecurity in the country before they bring irreparable division to the country. 

He said, the indiscriminate killings all over the country could cause serious problems that may be difficult to curb, as it has the tendency to destroy Nigerians. 

"We call on President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet to intensify their efforts on the issue of insecurity, health care, road networks, education, agriculture, unemployment, power supply and other amenities that will better the lives of the generality of the people in Nigeria. 

"The matter of the one sided appointments into key positions in our nation must be addressed immediately before it causes some negative reactions from different quarters because the country belongs to all of us. 

"No religion must be given greater prominence than the other, because our country is a multi-religious nation. Those who are in possession of our looted money must be made to refund them without bias or discrimination, so that our economy can bounce back".

Speaking on the theme of the synod, "What Shall We Do?", Rev.  Ogundeji urged Christians to desist from worldly things that is rampant today in our society. 

He maintained that, Christians who are participating in politics must ensure that they do not soil their hands in filthy things that would tarnish the image of the church. 

He further explained that, the church must pray fervently for nation's leaders so that they would be led by the Holy Spirit to do the bidding of the Lord which in turn will bring peace and joy to the nation.

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