METHODIST Church Nigeria has called on the Federal and state governments in the country to be more pro-active in preventive health care, advocating concerted efforts to educate and disseminate information, particularly on preventive measures to be taken on the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, reports Sam Eyoboka
In a communique at the end of the church’s 44th/9th Biennial Conference at Wesley Methodist Church, signed by Secretary of Conference, Rt. Rev. Raphael Opoko and Prelate, Methodist Church, Niger-ia, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel ‘Emeka Kanu Uche, and made available to Sunday Vanguard by the head of Media and Public Relations, Rev. Dapo Dara-mola, the church implored Nigerians to pay attention to personal hygiene and avoid panicking.
The church also expressed satisfaction on the conduct of elections in Ekiti and Osun states by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), urging the electoral body to ensure the conduct of free and fair elections at all times especially in 2015.
It also charged the Nigerian electorate to desist from selling their votes and ensure they vote for credible candidates who will work for their interest on assumption of office. “Nigerians should shun all acts of violence and blood shedding,” the statement adding while encouraging Christians who are so inclined to participate in politics and vie for political office.
On the abduction of over 200 female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, the church condemned the callous activities of Boko Haram insurgents and expressed concern over the girls’ continued absence from their families and loved ones. While praying for their release from their evil abductors, the church called on the Federal Government and the international community to do everything humanly possible to free the girls and return them to their families.
Similarly, the communique urged all communities currently at loggerhead across the nation to sheathe their swords and embrace peace, as “we are all brothers and sisters. Peace is a vital tool for the development of any nation or society and ours cannot be different. We therefore call on Nigerians to be tolerant of each other and to show respect for other people’s views even when they are diametrically opposed to ours as these are part of the mechanics of having sustainable growth.”