The Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev’d Nicholas Okoh made the stand of Church of Nigeria known in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt, shortly after the opening formalities for the 12th General Synod of the Church of Nigeria holding at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Port Harcourt, headquarters of the Province of Niger Delta.
Most Rev Okoh, said even as the church would not support disintegration of the nation it would want a society where there is equal justice for all, irrespective of tribes and religion.
The Primate also advised ethnic agitators in the country to look for an alternative means of addressing their grievances, rather than resort to violence, adding that the situation where young people are shot and killed indiscriminately in the wake of agitations is not in the best interest of the society.
He said that the SYNOD which is held once in every three years provides the opportunity for the church to examine various topical issues ranging from physical and spiritual.
Also speaking, the Archbishop Province of Niger Delta North and Bishop Diocese of Niger Delta North, Most Rev’d Dr Ignatius Kattey said that it is the first time the Province will be hosting the General Synod of the church.
Kattey remarked that other ranging issues will also be examined during the Synod. He said that the theme of the Synod: “Thou Shall Not Steal,” (Exodus 20:15), was designed to address issues bordering on national life of the citizenry and the need to reposition for greater future.
It would be recalled that Most Rev’d Kattey had in an earlier briefing told newsmen that Governor Wike as a Co-Chairman of the General Synod Planning Committee will deliver a goodwill message at the occasion.