From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Enugu
The Anglican Bishop of Ogbaru, Anambra state, Rt. Rev. Prosper Amah has said that the February, March, 2023 general election offers Nigerians the best opportunity to change the country’s ugly narratives.
This is as the Archbishop of Enugu Province and Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma called on politicians to ensure that the political campaigns and eventual elections next year were devoid of bitterness.
Both spoke in Enugu during the 2022 Priestly ordination/collation of Enugu Diocese held at the Cathedral Church of Good Shepherd.
Bishop Amah who described Nigeria’s situation as a precarious one, advising the citizens to stand up deliver themselves from the hands of those who have kept them in bondage, by being ready to vote according to their conscience and not political party in the 2023 elections.
Lamenting that the situation in Nigeria was made worse by the growing insecurity, as people could no longer move freely and do their legitimate businesses, for fear of being kidnapped or attacked, he said, blamed the woes of the country on leadership.
He said, “Every person in Nigeria must be worried because the situation is a terrible one, is quit unfortunate. Nigeria is a blessed nation but our problem has been leadership.
“So now that we have the opportunity to change the narrative, I call on Nigerians to vote according to their conscience. I don’t think it is necessary to vote according to party. Party should not be the central thing, but the personality. The person that has the capacity, not necessarily the structure because you may have the structure but you may lack in capacity.
“We must vote according to conscience, people that will lead us out of this mess. Already Nigeria is sinking; Nigeria is on the reverse gear.”
The Bishop stressed that the church must as a matter of responsibility encourage her members to come out massively and vote in the forthcoming elections.
He said, “The church must pray and then urge their members to come out massively and vote. That is the only way God will assist us to get out of this present precarious situation in Nigeria.”
Earlier in his sermon, during the ordination service, Bishop Amah who preached on the topic “This same Jesus,” reminded God’s people all over the world of the coming back of Jesus to bless His people, establish His kingdom and to recompense evil doers for whatever thing they might have done before then.
He said, “Anywhere you find yourself as politician, businessmen, no matter whom you are, live in this consciousness that Jesus is coming again and if you do you will never regret you did.”
Archbishop Chukwuma who at the service ordained nine Deacons, seven Priests and collated 12 Canons urged politicians to play politics without bitterness.
He charged the new clergymen to be honest, committed to the ministry of the church and make sure they minister to the poor, the hungry, the needy, the unemployed and the youths and to also be sincere in all their dealings especially with the church funds.
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