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Cleric tasks Jonathan on security

By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE

BENIN—BISHOP of the Benin Diocese of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Peter Imansuen, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to pay special attention to the issue of security in the country in order to ensure safety of lives and property of the citizenry.

He also appealed to the President  to make the war against corruption  a  priority for his administration in order to restore the nation’s image in the eyes of the international community and improve its interaction with other countries willing to do business with the country.

Bishop Imansuen, who made the appeal while speaking at the Second Session of the Sixteenth Synod of the Church in Benin, yesterday, urged the President to pay special attention to the power sector for the survival of the industrial sector and for  comfort of the citizenry.

In a vein reference to the legal action between some members of the Catholic Church and the Church in Benin over the election of an Archbishop for the Benin Metropolitian See, the Anglican cleric appealed to the Judiciary to ensure that great circumspection was observed even as he said that the church should be given full opportunity to be heard before orders were particularly in cases of interim orders sought.

According to him, “the church is very weary whenever matters concerning her are brought before the Courts. Whatever is decided or pronounced upon affecting the administration of the Church even though it may be disruptive of her programmes and arrangements.  It is in this light we wish to appeal that the courts should bear in mind that the church is guided by rules and regulations established all over the years”.

Bishop Imansuen commended the Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for the developmental strides in the state especially in the areas of roads construction, hospitals and schools all over the state.

“These are indelible marks for which he will ever be remembered and admired. We pray for his well-being and urge him to continue the good work”, he said.


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