NEWS Min­is­te­rial screen­ing: Onaiyekan urges sen­a­tors to con­sider con­flict­ing in­ter­ests

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ben Atonko

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.

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