NEWS Ministerial screening: Onaiyekan urges senators to consider conflicting interests
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has charged senators to screen the ministerial nominees properly in the interest of the nation. While declaring open the 1st International Economic Summit of the Catholic Men Business Fellowship International (CMBFI) yesterday in Abuja, Onaiyekan observed that in advanced countries conflicting interests was vital in scrutiny for public office appointment.
Theme of the summit was “Empowering Catholic Men to become Key Economic and Social Players in the 21st Century.”
Onaiyekan who spoke on the relationship between business and politics said “We want a polity that will lead the nation to peace, harmony and progress and the kind of business that will improve the wellbeing of the society.”
According to him, people go into politics not because they want to help in making the country better but because they want to promote their businesses.
He said: “We end up having politicians who grab political power and utilize it, misuse for their personal interests. When that happens the nation suffers.”
He charged the Catholic faithful to network with businessmen of diverse faiths like Muslims saying business people suffer same challenges, so networking can help crossfertilise ideas for the good of all.
He talked about the relationship between politics and business stressing that the church was not against members going into politics.