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Chukwuma: Ruga not priority, pay salaries and provide amenities


Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of Enugu, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion

The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, recently consecrated new Bishops in Lagos. The church also presented Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lokoja, Most Revd. Daniel Abu Yisa, and Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Enugu, Most Revd. Emmanuel Chukwuma and his wife for a second term in office. Shortly, after the presentation, Most Revd. Emmanuel Chukwuma spoke to CHRIS IREKAMBA on his appointment and Federal Government’s Ruga initiative, among others.

How do you feel about today’s event?
I feel highly elated, and I’m thankful to God that the House of Bishops has found me worthy to go for a second term as Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Enugu. To me, that means more work. I have to do better than what I did before. What I need to do is that, apart from talking to government, the spiritual need of my people in the diocese is very essential. And God helping us, we’re going to concentrate on that, because the ultimate goal of every Christian is to make heaven. Aside that, we are also going to ensure that the Church of God moves from strength to strength, by ensuring that more churches are established and more souls are won.

Why were you chosen for another five years?
Well, that is the constitutional provision. An Archbishop is chosen for five years, after which, if you perform creditably, you’re chosen for another five-year term. If you have done well and Jesus found you worthy, you go for second term, if not, the church will drop you.

What have you observed concerning the state of the nation?
Well, the society is somehow in a very precarious mood. And I call on government to make tangible efforts at making lives better. Of course, this Ruga thing is a very embarrassing situation. Spending about $11bn dollars on this project is crazy. We lack so many amenities, I mean salaries have not been paid; pensioners have not been paid; roads are bad; even university lecturers are going on strike and hospitals are ill-equipped. Why should Fulani colony be a priority?

I think we should use that money to build more roads, pay salaries; equip hospitals and provide more amenities. I mean the people are suffering so much, and you have not been able to do anything as far as their well-being are concerned, which is more important. We don’t support it, and no governor in the Southsouth and Southeast should give them any land, because that is not our priority at all.


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