By Juliana Nwachukwu :
Onitsha, Feb. 11, 2021 (MOI) Gov. Willie Obiano has commended the Church of Nigeria for coming together to deliberate on issues bordering the Church and the Nation in general.
“It is good for the Church to always gather for the spiritual needs of humanity and for the service of God,’’ Gov. Obiano said this during a 4-day meeting Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, headed by the Archbishop and Primate, His Grace, The Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba.
Gov. Obiano said that since people did not know how long they would live on earth, it was all the more reason they should appropriate the little time they had to give God quality and selfless worship and also offer their fellow men valuable services.
“It is unfortunate that some people do not know how God loves mankind; He always takes good care of humanity, protecting his children with passion.
According to the governor COVID-19 is real and appealed to Ndi Anambra to religiously keep the WHO and Government prescribed rules for the pandemic.
“I appeal to Ndi Anambra not to joke with the virus,” stressing that life was precious to toy with it; with such a deadly disease, people should take it as a serious and dangerous sickness.
He urged the Church to ensure that their members comply with the COVID-19 protocols.
The Governor was represented at the event by his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke.
Earlier in his opening address, the Primate, Rev. Ndukuba commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of a new set of service Chiefs for the Armed Forces.
He cited that insecurity, instability and many other issues were bordering Nigeria as a nation; that we live in very uncertain times and devastations and the destruction caused by communal clashes were unbearable.
“We support a call for restructuring of the Nigeria Police Force to allow State Governments to have state Police Force and strengthen the Regional Security Outfits being canvassed,’’ he said.
“The gradual and intensifying subtle persecution of Christians and Churches is troubling; which is seen in the employment, appointments, recruitments and deployment exercises by security and law enforcement agencies,’’ he said.
“The spate of the destruction of Church buildings in some parts of the country by some Government agencies is disturbing; in the North, Christians are not allotted land for the building of Churches,’’ he observed.
On COVID-19 the Primate notes: “many people are complacent and careless because some believe it is a rich man’s disease or it is not real; some people are peddling unfounded campaigns against the COVID-19 vaccines’’.
“This disease is like polio, yellow fever and other virus diseases that we receive vaccines to prevent; let’s keep to WHO procedures and Government directives,’’ he admonished.
“We want to encourage Dioceses and members to get invest in the Professional Training of Healthcare givers, Diocese should intensify the establishment of Health Clinics and Hospitals.’’
He urged citizens to exercise their rights to choose our leaders both at the state upcoming gubernatorial election and the 2023 General Elections to register, obtain and keep their voter cards.
A former Governor of the State, Mr Peter Obi in an interview with the newsmen thanked the Archbishop for his one year in office, praying God to continue to bless him.
No fewer than 147 Anglican Bishops stormed Onitsha to deliberate on various issues affecting the Church and the nation.
The four days programme was held between Feb. 8 and Feb.11 during which the Primate dedicated various projects including the Diocesan Secretariat, the Superannuation Office and network of roads that traversed all units of the church premises. (MOI)