News - South South - Rivers Updated: April 15, 2024

Uphold morals, integrity — Anglican bishop tells politicians

By Philip Adeboye
April 15, 2024

The Anglican Diocese of Niger Delta's Bishop, Dr. Emmanuel Oko-Jaja, has  emphasized the importance of moral integrity in Nigeria, especially among those in positions of authority.

Speaking at a thanksgiving service celebrating the 90th birthday of Prof. Sylvester Cookey at Saint Paul Anglican Church in Opobo Town, Rivers State, Oko-Jaja urged political leaders to maintain self-awareness and steer clear of actions that may tarnish their reputation. 

Prof. Cookey, the former second vice chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt in 1982, was honored during the event.

“In today’s Nigeria, hardship has changed how the people behave, as lies have become more popular than the truth. We now live in a country where injustice is now celebrated and lowering moral and social standards have become the new normal. Leaders must follow the exemplary legacies set by our forebears by becoming upright and lead a life that would not bring shame to their family and community,” he said.

He attributed the country’s current economic challenges and declining living standards to leaders failing to prioritise the well-being of citizens.


He stated, “The younger generation should emulate the virtues of our predecessors like Prof. Cookey, who prioritised integrity over material gain. Good reputation was the norm back then, and I hope that God will restore it to Nigeria, where leaders’ goal will be to have good names. If anyone wants to commit evil, they should remember that their actions can bring a bad name to their family and community.’’

Addressing the celebrant, the King of Opobo Kingdom, HRM Dandason Jaja, praised Cookey for his impact on society and described him as a mentor and philanthropist.

He said that the celebrant was a distinguished academic, who had impacted numerous youths through vocational training, leading to their successful employment in different sectors.

Speaking earlier, Cookey expressed gratitude to God for attaining 90 years and acknowledged the support of his family and friends.

Reflecting on his contributions to the country, he encouraged leaders to leave behind positive legacies for future generations to celebrate.


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