Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
Politicians have been urged not to shed the blood of innocent Nigerians with the intention to win elections, calling on them to put God first in whatever they do because life is vanity and accountabilityÂ before their Maker is inevitable.
The admonition was given by the Bishop of the Diocese of Ekiti, the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Christopher Omotunde, Saturday during funeral service held in honour of the late Mrs Comfort Aduke Ogunleye, at the Cathedral Church of Emmanuel, Okesa,Â Ado-Ekiti.
He admonished those seeking power and wealth to be wary of their actions, warning that â€œyou donâ€™t have to be desperate in lifeâ€ but to use their time on earth for the service of God and fellow human beings.
â€œIf you become president, governors, senators or whichever high position you might get to, the ultimate is that you will die one day. So, why killing to win election or get positions of influences; all is vanity,â€ he warned.
The deceased, who died on January 19, was the mother-in-law of the Bishop of the Diocese of Ekiti West, the Rt. Rev. Rufus Adepoju.
Omotunde advised Nigerians to stop the pursuit of vanity because â€œnobody can take his wealth, power, fame and property out of this world when he diesâ€.
He said: â€œIf you are here and you donâ€™t spare a thought for the day of death, you are a fool. If you have thousands of clothes at home, only one will be used to bury you.
â€œIf you swindle to acquire wealth, embezzle money to build mansions,Â doctor records in office, you are not taking them to heaven, they will all be left behind here.
â€œNo matter how beautiful your mansion is, when you die, you will not be buried inside of it. The best your children will give to you is to bury you outside your house.
â€œWhen you die, all your belongings will be shared without your input. All the positions and offices you are holding tight unto will soon be taken away from you.
â€œIn fact, when an office holder dies in Nigeria, people will be struggling to take over his seat even when his mourning has not been concluded.â€
Omotunde urged the children of the deceased not to depart from theÂ legacies of prayer, dedication and service to God handed to them by their late mum.