Communique Issued At The End of The Bishops And Wives Retreat At Bariga LagosJanuary 18, 2023
- NGOZI ADIGHIBE
- September 20, 2017
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The Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Rev Nicholas Okoh has called on leaders of the Anglican Communion to be agents of change in the society.
The Most Rev’d Okoh, who spoke to newsmen on the sideline of the on-going 12th General Synod in Port Harcourt, said that in the sight of God, stealing is a sin and punishable.
The Primate was categorical that stealing, corruption, embezzlement and misappropriation are all the same and anyone who indulges in these acts will not escape the wrath of God.
He therefore, called on political leaders to key into the theme of the General Synod by not being/getting involved in the misappropriation of public funds.
On the issue of Diocesan Communicators, he said that trainings and equipment will be provided to them to facilitate the discharge of their duties.
The church, he said will encourage aggressive evangelism at all levels with a view to winning more souls for Christ.
CHURCH AND GOVERNMENT HAVE ROLES TO PLAY IN CURBING STEALING –PRIMATE
The Primate of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Most Rev’d Nicholas Okoh has declared that both the church and Government have roles in an effort to curb stealing and corruption without fear or discrimination.
The Most Rev’d Okoh stated this while presenting his Primatial address at the 12th General Synod of Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, holding at St Paul’s Cathedral, Diobu, Port Harcourt.
The Primate maintained that the government should ensure payment of salaries and pension, as well as establish social security for the masses to discourage corruption among those on her employ.
He also urged the Federal Government to do more, especially in the area of diversification of the nation’s resources.
In the same vein, the church should intensify her preaching and teaching against stealing and corruption, the Archbishop and Metropolitan declared.
On the success recorded by his administration, the Primate informed members that the building for church of Nigeria Secretariat has reached an appreciable stage following its foundation laying in 2015.
According to him, the secretariat, situated in Gudu Area of Abuja is expected to be completed in the early period of 2015.
The Most Rev’d Nicholas Okoh also spoke on the success story of Anglican Cable Network Nigeria (ACNN), noting that a new board management with its chairman, Chief Folu Olamiti, has been reconstituted.
He encouraged Diocesan Communicators from all Dioceses to send in good pictures of events and programmes accompanied by well written stories for rich news content at no cost.