By Olayinka Latona
THE Anglican Diocese of Ughelli, Delta State has commended President Goodluck Jonathan and the INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega for the success of the 2011 general elections which gave many Niger-ians the opportunity of exercising their franchise at the polls, just as it urged all the winners at the polls to endeavour to fulfill the campaign pro-mises to the electorate.
The church also cond-emned the violent react-ions that greeted the release of the presiden-tial election results in parts of the North which claimed the lives of nine NYSC members, undiscl-osed number of Christ-ians and the destruction of church buildings. It commiserated all the families who lost loved ones and called on gov-ernment to urgently re-view, as a matter of urg-ency, the NYSC progra-mme to ensure adequate security of corps members and Nigerians in the future.
In a 14-point communi-qué issued at the end of the second session of the fifth synod of the Diocese held at St. Mark’s Anglic-an Church, Otorho-Orogun from April 30 to May 4, the Ughelli dioce-se appealed to those who lost to accept defeat in the spirit of sportsmanship, while calling on the various electoral tribun-als to be expeditious in hearing all petitions ari-sing from the polls.
The communique also appealed to INEC to bring all electoral offend-ers to face prosecution to serve as deterrent to others. The Synod frown-ed at the haste with which approval was gran-ted for the insuance of a licence for Islamic bank-ing in Nigeria without much legislative support from the National Assem-bly, noting that the ini-tiative could provoke negative reactions from other Nigerians who are non-Muslims. It there-fore called for the revoca-tion of the said licence.
The synod also cond-emn the state of contin-ued insecurity across the country, particularly in the area of kidnapping which has become a common means of extra-cting money from both the low and mighty as well as workers in the Lord’s vineyard.
The communiqué was signed by the president of Synod and Bishop of Ughelli Diocese, Rt. Rev. Cyril Odiboroghene Odutemu, and its secret-ary (Clerical), Rev. Canon B.A.C. Awharitoma.