The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah, has called on state Governors in Nigeria to emulate the leadership style of Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
Kukah gave the advice on Tuesday while speaking at a dinner at the Dome in Akure, as part of activities marking this year’s Conference of Catholic Bishops in Nigeria.
The Catholic Priest, who was impressed by what he saw in Ondo, said state Governors do not necessarily need to travel to the state to learn best practices but can do so when attending the Governors’ Forum meeting.
“For us in Nigeria, we have always believed that solution to bad government is to hand over everything to the private sector.
“So, I am quite pleased with the fact that things are working here and it is quite consoling to know that if you happen to live in Ondo State and unfortunately involve in an accident, that help will come in about 12 to 15 minutes.
“These are things people in other parts of the world are taking for granted. I hope Governors compare notes when they hold meetings because initiative such as the Ondo Emergency Medical Services is worthy of comparison and you do not need to come to Ondo state before you know about it.”
In the same vein, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, said they had seen the good works of Governor Mimiko and that he could say that the Governor was not in power but a position of service.
Others who added their voices are Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Host Bishop and Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Jude Arogundade.
They said they were excited that Ondo was a peaceful state and that they also cherished the good partnership between Government and the church, which according to Bishop Arogundade could be referred to as true democracy.
Over 30 catholic bishops were present at the conference which started last Thursday and ended on Tuesday.