Jonathan lauds Christians
THE twain issues of corruption and insecurity in the country yesterday dominated the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Standing Committee meeting in Benin City.
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked the Christian community for their constant prayers in his quest to build to a “stronger, more secure, more prosperous, peaceful and united nation.”
In his address, the Primate of the Church, His Grace, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, condemned the recent Abuja High Court ruling that handed a two-year jail term with an option of fine to one John Yusuf who stole N23 billion from the Police Pension Fund.
In his address to the bishops, Okoh said: “Nigerians are unhappy with the kid-glove treatment given to a man who by his act paralysed and killed many pensioners. It is a great encouragement to looters of government treasury. Whatever is responsible for such encouragement of evil, government should act promptly to show the people where its sympathy lies.”
He further urged the Federal Government to invest recovered loots in public benefitting ventures just as he said there was observable respite in the struggle with the Boko-Haram.
He, however, urged that “equal attention should be given to the insecurity created by armed robbers, kidnappers, those trafficking in human beings across the country.”
“Furthermore, we wish to call upon government at all levels to do more to address the sore issues of unemployment for young graduates and general poverty in the country. In addition, we wish to advice government at all levels to make corruption unattractive to both the rich and the poor.”
The primate commended the Federal Government on its response to the recent flood victims across the country, “the continuing improvement in road maintenance; rehabilitation of many airports across the country; the determined effort to bring back rail transportation and the determination to end rice importation, thus enhancing our self respect and employment opportunities in agriculture.”
Okoh also enjoined Christians from the Anglican Communion to take active parts in the political activities of Nigeria.
The President yesterday sent a goodwill message to the opening ceremony of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, meeting in Benin City.
Represented by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, President Jonathan said: “The theme of the meeting, overcoming the challenges of the time is apt and divinely inspired. As leadership and representatives of the entire membership of the Church of Nigeria you will take up the challenge of re-invigorating the Church in the vanguard of our national transformation efforts.”
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