From Cynthia Chidinma Igbokwe, Awka
Bishop diocese of Awka, Anglican Communion, Right Reverend Alexander Chibuzor Ibezim yesterday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to act fast and save Nigeria from disintegrating. He pleaded with Buhari to bring the country together in order to create true federalism where everyone will freely work for national growth.
Presenting his Bishop’s Charge to the 3rd session of the 11th Synod at St Jude’s Anglican Church Adazi Ani, Anaocha council area, Anambra state, Bishop Ibezim decried the incessant attack by herdsmen to lives and property in some parts of the state.
He announced promotion of 9 priests to Archdeacons and Canons including 4 Archdeacons- Venerable Rex Kanu; Venerable Christian Chinwuko; Venerable Nehemiah Ugoagu; and Venerable Goodness Amaechi while 5 Canons were Canon Samuel Ezunu; Canon Bonny Ogaraku; Canon Nnamdi Ajaoku, Canon Ndubuisi Ahanonu and Canon Tim Okwuchineke.
Bishop Ibezim said ‘’ More than one hundred years after the birth of Modern Nigeria, there can be no credible denial of its tottering steps to true nationhood. The gloomy signs are there for the blind to see. Despite the challenges we are facing, we strongly appeal to Nigerians to be positive and prayerful about our nation. An average American wakes up in the morning and says, ‘’ God bless America’’. Surely God is blessing America. It is only through this way that citizens can develop the right attitude that supports national development.
‘’On the part of government, President Muhammadu Buhari is called upon to act very fast to save Nigeria from disintegration. The level of bloodshed in our country is very high- insecurity of lives and property, killing, kidnapping, and assassinations here and there. Majority of the populace are very hungry due to economic difficulties. The judiciary and other arms of the government seem to be under a ridicule.
‘’We call upon the President to bring the country together in order to create true federalism where everyone will freely participate and work towards national growth. A situation where everything revolves around the centre in Nigeria makes things not to be working.
‘’Immediate reorganisation of the administrative structure and machinery of governance will save Nigeria from impending collapse. The surest means to achieve this is for the President to actualize in concrete terms all his electoral promises within the shortest possible time. This, we believe , will give everyone sense of belonging’’.
Bishop Ibezim condemned the Xenophobic attacks in South Africa which has not only become recurring incidence but has resisted any solution, pointing out that the South African authorities have lost the capacity to contain the violence.
He further reminded the Anambra state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano that security needed to be addressed more in the state because there are occasional robberies and kidnapping in the state which is on the rise. He also decried the incessant herdsmen attack in some parts of the state destroying people’s means of livelihood and reminded that it should be arrested.
On the theme of the synod, ‘’ the victory that has overcome the world even our faith, 1 John 5: 4’’, Bishop Ibezim said: ‘’ considering the near hopeless situation in today’s Nigeria, one will see the promise of the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith as essential in providing us ways to be confident of victory both in this temporal life and most importantly, in the life to come. Such promise gives hope to already despondent people that is battling with the question of existentialism both as individuals and as a nation especially with the increasing certainty that the end of cosmos life is at hand. For instance, the provision by the government of medical, educational, security and other essentials of life that makes the country to be in distress. Bribery and corruption stink to high heavens and these adversely affect our socio-political, religious and economic lives. Most worrisomely is that the Church that supposed to save this decaying world seems to have gone into the world and got lost, swallowed by greed , materialism and has become the temple for Mormonism. It is therefore not an overstatement to declare that both Christians and non-Christians are in dare need of this victory that overcomes the world’’.
In an interview, Dean, Church of Nigeria, and the Archbishop of Kaduna province, the Most Reverend Ali Buba Lamido lauded Bishop Ibezim for producing over 3 new PhD priests and noted that attracting over 50 Bishops to his synod speaks volume of his episcopacy.
On his part, the Archbishop of Bendel Province, and Bishop of Esan diocese, Most Reverend Friday John Imaekhai lamented that Nigerians don’t have faith the government of the day, and decried the bloodletting in the country by herdsmen and bandits without check, describing the synod them as apt in the complex society we found ourselves.