Dr Ola Makinde, the Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, on Friday called on Nigerians to stop blaming President Goodluck Jonathan for every misfortune that had befallen the country.
Makinde made the call at Mpu in Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State during the funeral of late Chief Mathias Ekweremadu, father of the Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu.
He said that the challenges facing the country were a joint failure of both leaders and the people, adding that all hands should be on deck to achieve the desired change.
“We must stop blaming only Jonathan for our misfortunes. Governance is a collective responsibility of both leaders and the people. Our government is suffering from bad political advisers.
“The people must join hands together to make a change in this country, we should depend less on oil and focus more on the non-oil sector like agriculture.
“I am a disciple of a national conference, let us have a true federalism,’’ he said.
He decried the absence of reformatories homes, adding that the revival was necessary to reduce crime in the country.
In his tribute, Vice-President Namadi Sambo, described the late Ekweremadu as a benevolent and fair leader, who offered fruitful service to his people.
He urged the children to emulate the worthy life of their father.
“I am full of grief and sorrow since I received the news of the death of Chief Ekweremadu. I urge the family to take heart as their father lived a life worthy of emulation,’’ Sambo said.
In his speech, the Senate President, David Mark, promised the commitment of the senate toward leading the country aright.
The wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan, used the occasion to condole with the Ekweremadu family.
She prayed for the repose of the soul of the late chief and leader of Mpu community.
The funeral was attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Pius Anyim Pius, ministers, members of the national and state assemblies, governors, among others.