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Methodist Prelate, others frown at state of nation

By Chris Irekamba (Lagos) and Moyosore Salami (Ibadan)
24 April 2022   |   3:20 am
The Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, Samuel Kanu-Uche has urged Nigerians to save the nation from the present crop of leaders in the private and public sectors...

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The Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, Samuel Kanu-Uche has urged Nigerians to save the nation from the present crop of leaders in the private and public sectors.

In the same vein, the Chair, Social and International Affairs, World Methodist Council, His Grace, Most Rev. Chibuzo Raphael Opoko, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to thread the path of honour and resign, saying the president and his cabinet are overwhelmed by the security challenges in the country.

While speaking during the 60th Annual Synod of the church, in Ibadan, Oyo State, Kanu-Uche said many people in leadership are insincere and insensitive to the plights of citizens since they are not holding public trust with the spirit of servanthood. 

He said, “Who would save Nigeria from this present crop of leaders in both public and private sectors, especially now that we are preparing for 2023 elections? In my view the answer is God.

“I say this because we have had qualitative leadership in the past and a few of such among the present crop, but we need more women and men with the heart of sincerity, while citizens are also enjoined to pray for good women and men to become good leaders in every sector of the economy and nation.”

According to Opoko, things have fallen apart in the country, and the centre can no longer hold. He maintained that the government appears to be sleeping while challenges are getting out of hand and this confirms the feeling of many Nigerians.
Opoko, who is also a Methodist Archbishop of Umuahia, said: “The security situation in Nigeria today is more apparent than real. It seems the government has run out of ideas on what to do to stem the tidal wave of insecurity ravaging the country today.”
Opoko described Easter as the epitome and hallmark of the Christian faith, adding that without Easter, there is no Christianity or Christian faith. He, therefore, enjoined Christians to live a life of sacrifice.

On his own part, Archbishop of Aba Ecclesiastical Province /Bishop of the Diocese of Isiala Ngwa South, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Isaac Chijioke Nwaobia in his Easter message admonished Christians to show love, bearing in mind that Jesus Christ conquered death and without his resurrection, the foundation of the Christian faith is in vain.

Nwaobia, who said that the occasion called for a change of life and sober reflection on the season of rebirth, added that Easter is a very significant date within Christianity and the foundation of the Christian faith.
“Jesus, the Son of God, fulfilled prophecy and through His death has given the gift of eternal life in heaven to those who believe in His death and resurrection. Easter is a symbol of hope, renewal and new life. This year, as we observe the Easter celebration, which is the essence of our Christian faith, we should be grateful to God for counting us worthy to be His children,” he said.

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