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Anglican primate to Fed. Govt: Don’t forget other Chibok Girls, Leah Sharibu

The Primate of The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh has reminded the Federal Government not to forget Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok girls who are still in Boko Haram captivity.

He who noted the dwindling attention and less mention being paid to these captured girls stressed on the need for government to make more effort to get the girls released adding that inability to do this would mark a black spot in the history of the administration.

The Primate said this while presenting his opening address to the Standing Committee of The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion at St. Peter’s Cathedral Church in Minna.

The Primate lamented that the Boko Haram sect are becoming more daring and desperate as the group have implacably sworn to destroy Nigeria unless their interest and interest of their sponsored are destroyed urging government to take its stand against them and the rising scourge of Fulani herdsmen.

“No sacrifice is too much to get these girls released. In the interest of democracy, freedom of religion and national cohesion, sufficient effort should be made to bring their ordeal and that of their parents and families to an end. ”

Speaking on the 2019 elections, the Clergyman urged INEC to remain unbiased umpire know the receipt that will determine the nation’s destiny, “Whatever disenfranchise any Nigerian should not come from INEC and should be avoided at all.”

He politicians to make reasonable promises that can be met w saying, “Nigerians are still yearning for dividends of democracy as promised Nigerians, therefore, new promises should be weighed against the background of available resources to ensure delivery.”

Okay noted that the ‘Not too Young to Run Bill’ which was heralded with so much zeal is not going to solve Nigeria’s problems automatically as the brand of politics has over the years not been run by ideas and ideals, rather, it has been driven by personality and money.

He called on the Church to preserve the nation from moral corruption and work against all forms of vices adding that if the injustice, corruption, oppression, marginalization, lies, selfishness, greed, dishonesty found in the society is allowed within the church and practiced and promoted by Christians, the church would be living below expectation.

“The practice of receiving so much money from public funds for little or nothing and living flamboyant lifestyle at the expense of the poker masses cannot continue if we must develop as a nation. The citizens must be made to know that hard work pays and to imbibe the culture of happily living within their means.”

Over 163 Bishops, 122 Clergy and 79 delegates from across Nigeria are attending the Standing Committee in Minna, Niger state.

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