Diocese ends Synod, tasks government on security
The Diocesan Bishop of Isiala Ngwa South, Anglican Communion, Abia State, Rt. Rev. Isaac Chijioke Nwaobia has said security is the toughest challenge facing government at all levels. He urged those in authority to ensure that lives and property are protected across the country.
At the end of the Third Session of the Third Synod of the Diocese held at St. Patrick’s Church, Umuvo/St. Peter’s Cathedral Owerrinta, Abia State, the Bishop enjoined government to understand the issues unfolding in the country and do something meaningful to sustain peaceful co-existence between the poor and the rich.
In a communiqué signed by the Lord Bishop and clerical Synod Secretary, Ven. Tonna Nwogu, the synod noted that people’s lives have been threatened by hunger occasioned by non-payment of workers salaries, including pensioners.
While congratulating Abia State governor, Dr. Victor Ikpeazu for embarking on rehabilitation of roads and infrastructure in the state, the synod charged him to give preference to human factor, since these infrastructures are for the living.
The Synod also commended the Church of Nigeria under the leadership of Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, and the House of Bishops for carrying out the Lambeth Conference decision on gay marriage, homosexuality, bisexuality, lesbianism and other similar practices, described as ungodly and not part of Nigerian culture.
It also congratulated the Diocesan Bishop of the church, Rt. Rev. Isaac Chijioke Nwaobia, and his wife, Mrs. Hope N. Nwaobia for the successful conclusion of 2018 Synod. Their efforts in building a modern Cathedral edifice for the Diocese were commended.
On the theme of this year’s Synod: “Harden Not Your Heart,” which was taken from Psalm 95:8, the synod charged Christians to do God’s will by obeying His Commandments, as well as withdraw from unbiblical cultural practices that are inimical to Christ-like life, adding that God’s anger can be provoked, when people harden their hearts. Nigerians were enjoined to love one another and live in peace, as will foster lasting unity and stability, as well as curb hate speeches, incessant killings, hostage-taking, and wanton destruction of property currently being experienced in parts of the country.
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