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Bishop Okorafor charges Politicians On Peace, Growth Of Democracy

Posted: May 10, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Aramide Oikelome,  Lagos


Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, the Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor has urged the political class, irrespective of their political parties, to ensure that the peace and stability of the country remains prominent in whatever they are embarking on.

The Bishop who made the call during a Eucharistic Service of confirmation, admission and induction for Emeabiam Parish at Christ Anglican Church, Emeabiam in Owerri West Local Government Area, Imo State, noted that recent utterances by some politicians as reported in the media are not only heating up the polity but also creating the impression of a discord in the transition programme between the outgoing People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administration and the incoming All Progressive Party (APC).

While pointing out that elections were over, he enjoined the political leaders especially those successful in the polls to rather than engage in inflammatory words, begin to strategize on how to improve and enhance the peace, stability and growth of democracy in the nation, Nigeria. Politicians, he emphasised should become more concerned over the peace, stability and growth of democracy in the Country and not their personal welfare and interest.

He noted that President Goodluck Jonathan has been magnanimous in defeat, having conceded victory to the APC’s Presidential candidate Major General Mahammadu Buhari (Retd.), before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) formerly declared the Presidential election result, stressing that such a concession was not only a new turn in Africa’s democracy, but also indicative of better times in the political history of the continent.

Furthermore, the President, he said has in the same spirit held two meetings with the President-elect, General Buhari, towards ensuring a hitch-free transition and wondered why he was being vilified by the APC and some of its leaders. He also advised media practitioners to show some caution and restrain in casting and creating headlines and reports, ensuring that they are not capable of destabilising the country.

Earlier in a sermon, the Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev. Progress Okoroafor, assured Christians that though they may be living in disheartening and devastating conditions the Lord God would show compassion over their plight. He said it was certain that some of them came with grief, pains and sorrows in their hearts because their smiles had been eroded due to one affliction or the other, they would surely smile again, he declared.

Rev Okoroafor, urged them to be steadfast in their faith and see the deliverance God would bring on them. He pointed out that they would be visited with such joy which no-one can rob them of, stressing that they would not see those situations confronting them again. He however cautioned them to examine themselves to ascertain if they were true and committed Christians since the promises of God were only for the righteous.

The clergyman who was visibly angry expressed dismay over the state of roads across Owerri West Local Government Area, especially those leading to Emeabiam and the high rate of youths and graduate unemployment in the country. More worrisome he said was the situation in Imo State, where tricycle and motor cycle riders are known to be holders of First and Masters’ degrees.