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Evo Synod condemns corruption In NDDC, rape and killings in Southern Kaduna

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Bishop Innocent Ordu

The just-concluded 2020 Synod of the Diocese of Evo (Anglican Communion), Rivers State, presided over by the Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Innocent U. Ordu, has condemned corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the mindless killings in Southern Kaduna, and the terrible cases of rape in the country.

The Synod, themed: “Stronger and Better Together,” held from August 13 to 16, 2020 at St. Mathias Anglican Church, Atali District, Trinity Archdeaconry.

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In a communiqué issued at end of the four-day Synod and signed by the Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Ordu and the Chancellor, Barr Nlerum Amadi, examined various vices plaguing the country. Part of the communique reads: “Synod condemns the alleged corruption involving members of the Board and Management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and key officers of the National Assembly in the finances of the commission and therefore calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately freeze NDDC accounts and carry out a total overhaul of both the Ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs and the NDDC.”

The Synod expressed concern over the spate of insecurity in the country, particularly the unwarranted killings going on in the Christian-dominated Southern Kaduna in Kaduna State; armed banditry and activities of Boko Haram in the North; the menace of herdsmen and armed robbery, as well as kidnapping in the country.

It called on the Federal Government to wake up to its responsibility, end the bloodbath and restore the sanctity of life, and the International Community not to keep quiet over the security situation in Nigeria. The Synod also described cases of rape and sexual assault in Nigeria as alarming and called on governments at all levels to take stringent measures to check the menace.

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Addressing the delegates, the synod noted that the unity of all Christians is an essential and basic feature of practical biblical doctrine, postulating a basic understanding of human life and human purpose that directly affects the behaviour and attitudes to fellow men. It lamented that envy, injustice, hypocrisy, tribalism, nepotism, ethnicity, unforgiving spirits, and such vices are things that create disunity in the body of Christ and called on the body of Christ to eschew such vices.

While affirming that unity is good for all the people, particularly God’s people, the synod said: “We are stronger and better together, as could be seen from Psalms 133.”

They acknowledged that the best group is not the one that is made up of perfect friends, brothers, sisters, and relatives, but one in which each individual member learns to live with the imperfections of others and yet admire other persons’ good qualities. It acknowledged the mission as the church’s focus but calls on members to have a vision and mission for economic viability and sustainability. The Synod also noted that the rise of social media has opened new avenues for evangelism and stressed the need for the church to imbibe “digital competences.” Majority of Synod delegates participated through Zoom.

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