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Anglican Church Expresses Concerns Over Bill

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Archbishop Chukwuma of Enugu Anglican Church
Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma
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Enugu Diocese of the Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion) has expressed concerns over he recently signed Executive Order No.6 of 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Anglican church warned that the bill signed by the President last Thursday to improve his administration’s fight against corruption, should not be used against perceived enemies.

The Church however noted with dismay the hasty nature of the investigations and trial of five Christians for allegedly killing of a herdsman and called on Buhari to ensure that the five condemned Christians were not executed.

In a communiqué released after the Synod signed by the Archbishop/Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev Emmanuel Chukwuma, Synod Secretary, Ven. Stanley Nweze and Registrar, HBC Ogboko, the diocese observed that corruption has assumed a rising trend in the country.

It claimed that despite the implementation of the Treasury Single Account, TSA, by the Federal Government, “there has not been prudence in expenditure of public funds,” stressing that there was “need to enthrone measures towards plugging the leakages and ensuring abatement of financial misappropriation.”

According to the statement, “On the power sector, the church noted the position of the government that power generation had risen to 7000 megawatts, expressing dismay however that the development had not materialized into stable power supply.

“It added that Nigerians had continued to grapple with epileptic power supply and attendant sufferings and called on the Federal Government to look into the development.

“While underscoring the importance of education and poor budgetary allocation, the Synod urged the Federal Government to enthrone appropriate measures geared towards enhancement of education funding in order to meet UNESCO standard.

“The Synod noted with dissatisfaction, the rising spate of killings in the country such as in Plateau, Southern Kaduna, Benue and Taraba states as well as last week’s killing of seven policemen in Abuja and called on the Federal Government to protect the citizenry.

“It condemned the continued occupation in office of service chiefs, urging the president to overhaul the security architecture of the country to save lives and property.

“The Synod further accused the federal government of treating herdsmen menace with kids-gloves, stressing that the development had emboldened them to maim, kill and destroy property in the country.

“The Synod suspects a possibility of strange collaboration between the herdsmen and the security agents, hence, the Synod calls for the immediate overhaul of the current security architecture, to inject new officers into the leadership of the Military and Police.”

The Church also frowned at the continued detention of Miss Leah Sharibu after her mates abducted from Dapchi school by Boko Haram terrorists were released, because of her Christian faith and called on federal government to ensure her release without further delay.

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Manuel Chukwudi (@manuelchukwudi) holds a bachelors degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A lifetime bibliophile, ardent football and lawn tennis fan (doesn't get onto the pitch or court though), he blogs for Naija Gospel Radio.