Bishop of the Diocese of Evo, Anglican Communion, Rivers State, The Rt Rev Innocent Uchechukwu Ordu, JP, has lamented on the state of affairs in the country and called on the federal government to address the issues to restore peace, unity, progress and security in Nigeria.
The Bishop spoke through his Synod address and Charge as part of the Diocesan 2021 Synod which held in All Saints Cathedral, Rumuokwurusi near Port Harcourt from Wednesday 4th August to Sunday, 8th August.2021.
The address touched on various issues about the Church, Rivers State and the state of the nation.
Said the Bishop: “Evils that other nations abhor, Nigeria has become notorious for condoning them”. He listed the ills as follows: social injustice, nepotism, ethnicity, sectionalism, religiosity devoid of true godliness, militancy, banditry and unknown gunmen. Other ills, he said, are kidnapping for ransom, emergence of separatist and secessionist movements, insensitive leadership and genocide against Christian communities, among others.
Rt Rev Ordu wants both the government and all concerned Nigerians to address these issues in a godly manner so that everyone will be happy and proud to be a Nigerian.
On the state of affairs in Rivers State, Rt Rev Ordu said that within six years of the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike, the state has witnessed flag-offs, completion and commissioning of diverse impactful projects across all sectors in the 23 local government areas of the state. “We will continue to uphold him, his family and administration in our prayers while charging him to not grow weary in well-doing.
Bishop Ordu’s address dwelt extensively on the theme of the Synod which is “Do not be weary in well-going” taken from Galatians 6:9. The Bishop urged all Christians, especially Evo Diocese faithful to continue doing good, and acts of mercy and charity, no matter the frustrations they may encounter.
So many dignitaries were present to listen to the Bishop’s address and charge. They include the Most Rev Blessing Enyindah, Archbishop of the Province of Niger Delta and many other bishops and politicians.
The Synod ended with a Thanksgiving service and the issuance of Synod resolutions and communique.
(Dr Jossy Nkwocha, KSC, is the Diocesan Communicator, Evo Diocese)