Nigeria: Anglican Church Tasks Politicians On Poverty

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Diocese of Lagos West Anglican Communion has said that the poverty level in the country is unacceptable and called on political leaders to be God-fearing and build better communities by the provision of social amenities for the people.

The diocese at its Second Session of the Third Synod held at Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja, condemned ills associated with those in authority today, and criticised "those in, and those who aspire to leadership positions in government and other spheres of endeavour for their personal gains, rather than for service to the people, and called upon such people to have a change of heart."

In a communiqué issued at the end of the synod, the church urged the incoming government of Alhaji Umar Yar'Adua "to urgently and seriously address the issue of security of life and property. The situation where no one is safe is unacceptable. Government should be more sensitive to the value placed on human life and property."

The Synod themed: "Church as a Catalyst for Change," commended the judiciary for its strong and firm decisions in the recent past and urged "the incoming administration to stem the tide of frequent and flagrant disobedience of court orders. It should continue to uphold its role as the last hope of the common man."

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